Lady Dawgs Preview: Georgia vs. Vanderbilt

ATHENS - Josh Kendall takes a look at the Lady Dawgs' game with Vanderbilt.

No. 16 Georgia (14-4, 2-2 SEC) vs. No. 14 Vanderbilt (16-2, 3-1 SEC)

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

About Vanderbilt: The Commodores are led from the inside. Six-foot-three senior forward Carla Thomas leads the team in scoring with 17.4 points per game and rebounding with 7.1 boards per game. She is fourth in the SEC in scoring. She's second on the team with 18 blocked shots. Six-foot-4 junior forward Liz Sherwood leads the team with 19 blocked shots and also averages 9.7 points per game. … The Commodores are second in the league in scoring offense (80.9 ppg) but just 10th in scoring defense (64.7 ppg allowed).

About Georgia: At 2-2, Georgia is sixth in the conference standings. … Senior guard Cori Chambers is coming off her worst game of the season but remains fifth in the SEC in scoring with 15.7 points per game. … After coming off its lowest scoring total of the 28-year Andy Landers' era, Georgia has fallen to fifth in the SEC in scoring (74.6 ppg). … The Lady Bulldogs lead the SEC in 3-pointers made per game (6.78).

Scouting report: Georgia is looking up at Vanderbilt in the SEC standings, but that may not be a good indication of each team's strength. The Lady Bulldogs are playing their third Top 15 team in the last four games, and their conference losses have come against No. 4 Tennessee and No. 8 LSU. "It really isn't that much different than playing any other games in the Southeastern Conference," head coach Andy Landers said. "They're all a real challenge. You have to bring your ‘A' game every night or you're going to be on the ropes." Vanderbilt has yet to play either Tennessee or LSU. Its SEC loss came against No. 24 Ole Miss. It has beaten Arkansas, South Carolina and Florida. "Vanderbilt is probably a little different from the standpoint of their execution," Landers said. "I think Vanderbilt is one of the top two or three teams in the league in terms of doing what they do and executing extremely well from start to finish."

Up next: Georgia vs. Florida State (12:30 p.m., Sunday, Duluth); Vanderbilt vs. Georgia Tech (3 p.m., Sunday, Duluth)

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