Lady Dawgs Preview: Georgia vs. MTSU

ATHENS - Josh Kendall takes a look at the Lady Dawgs' game with Middle Tennessee State.

No. 8 Georgia (7-0) vs. Middle Tennessee State (5-3)

Time/place: 7 p.m./Stegeman Coliseum

About Middle Tennessee State: The Raiders are led by Chrissy Givens, a 5-foot-10 guard who averages 21.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Forward Amber Holt, a Duluth native, averages 17.9 points and 7.9 rebounds. … Two of MTSU's three losses have come to No. 1 Maryland and No. 4 Tennessee. The Raiders played the defending national champion Terrapins to within four points, 80-76.

About Georgia: Danielle Taylor, who was suspended from the team due to a legal issue, is now eligible to return to practice. She isn't expected to suit up tonight, but her return could be imminent. … The Lady Bulldogs are 11-0 all-time against MTSU. … A Georgia player has been named SEC freshman of the week in three of the first four weeks of the season. Point guard Ashley Houts has done it twice, and wing Christy Marshall has done it once.

Scouting report: For the first time in more than a year, Georgia coach Andy Landers now has more than seven players to choose from to make up his rotation. That's good and bad. "My head is spinning," Landers said. "This is big; this is important; this is like the first day of practice." The improved depth is thanks to forward Tasha Humphrey's return from suspension and volleyball player Maria Taylor's addition to the team. Now Landers must decide if he should move Megan Darrah to her natural position at guard and how much to play greatly improving freshmen Marshall and Angel Robinson, all the while working the team's best player, Humphrey, back into the lineup. "You start throwing a lot of things at the kids," Landers said. "They've got to be able to handle it, as do I."

Up next: Georgia vs. Savannah State, Dec. 15, 7 p.m., Savannah; Middle Tennessee State vs. South Alabama, Dec. 14, 7 p.m., Mobile, Ala.


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