Lady Dawgs Preview: Georgia vs. Tennessee

KNOXVILLE - Josh Kendall takes a look at the Lady Dawgs' game with Tennessee.

No. 14 Georgia (19-4, 6-2 SEC) vs. No. 3 Tennessee (20-2, 7-0 SEC)

Time/place: 7 p.m./Knoxville, Tenn.

Broadcast: ESPN2

About Tennessee: The Lady Vols beat Georgia 52-41 on Jan. 14 in Athens in a game in which Alexis Hornbuckle and Nicky Anosike each had 14 points. Offense wasn't the story of that game though. Tennessee held the Lady Bulldogs to their lowest total under 28th-year head coach Andy Landers. Georgia shot 31.9 percent from the floor in that game, including 7.1 percent (1-for-14) from behind the 3-point line. … Tennessee has won five straight against Georgia, dating back to March of 2004. … Forward Candace Parker leads the Lady Vols with 19 points and 9 rebounds per game.

About Georgia: Cori Chambers needs just one more 3-point shot to move into eighth place all-time in SEC history, but it may take a while the way she's shooting. Georgia's career leading in 3-point baskets is averaging just 6.2 points in her last six games and has shot 14 percent from behind the 3-point line in that span (5-of-35). And she's not the only Lady Bulldog struggling. Freshmen starter Ashley Houts has only scored in double digits once in the last four games, and top reserve Christy Marshall is 0-for-the-last four games in topping nine points. Still, head coach Andy Landers feels good about his team. "I believe we're on our way up," he said. "Defensively, we've been very good lately, even going back a couple of weeks. Offensively, we're not clicking like I know that we can or like we will, but I think that we're moving in that direction. This week holds a lot of promise in that regard. I think we can get a lot better."

Scouting Report: Georgia just broke a long losing streak against LSU, and Landers said after that game that he actually likes his matchups better against the Lady Vols. That didn't show the last time these two teams met, but that humbling should only serve as inspiration this time out for the Lady Bulldogs. Star Tasha Humphrey, who has ??????, needs to have a big night offensively and defensively against Parker. Georgia hasn't won in Knoxville since 1996, but Thompson-Boling Arena doesn't intimidate the Lady Dogs, Landers said. "Going to Knoxvillealways is a lot of fun for us," he said. "We enjoy that challenge. We've always felt like that – more times than not – we're in position up there to get the ‘W.' We'll go in Monday with that thought and that being our drive and motivation."

Up next: Georgia vs. Alabama (8 p.m., Thursday, Tuscaloosa, Ala.); Tennessee vs.Auburn (7 p.m., Thursday, Auburn, Ala.)


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