Vanderbilt WBB Preview: Georgia Lady Bulldogs

The Vanderbilt Commodore women hope to finish January with a bang when they host Georgia on Sunday. Here's your VandyMania.com preview of the Lady Bulldogs.

Georgia started its season winning 12 of its first 13 contests. Since then the Bulldogs are just 3-5 but two of those wins were over very solid Mississippi State and Florida squads. Most recently the Lady Bulldogs blew out Auburn at home.  

Five-foot-7 guard Tiaria Griffin leads the Bulldogs in scoring. In the Lady Bulldog's recent win over Auburn, she had 17 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Two other players average in double digits for Georgia. 

Guard Shacobia Barbee, one of those double-digit scorers, along with guard Pachis Roberts are the biggest threats from 3-point range. Interestingly, every player on the Georgia roster has attempted at least one three.  Six-foot-3 forward  Merritt Hempe, another double-digit scorer, is the Lady Bulldog's top threat from the field.  

Barbee and Hempe are the top rebounders for the Lady Bulldogs.  Barbee also leads the Lady Dogs in steals and assists.  Guard Marjorie Butler also has a significant number of assists for Georgia.  

Looking at the Vandy-Georgia stats comparison, the two teams are almost identical in points scored and allowed.  The Commodore women have the edge in shooting while Georgia has the edge in rebounding, assists, steals, and blocks. Vandy has a little stronger RPI.  

If the Commodores are going to make it to the NCAA and get a decent seed, they have to defend their home court.  These teams are about equal and the one that shows up giving less than 100 percent will probably lose. To win, Vandy's women must do what they do well, which is shoot the lights out of the ball and play tough, hard-nosed defense.     

Sunday's game tips off at 2 pm central time and can be seen on the SEC Network Plus.  Listen online at VUCommodores.com or on your radio at AM 560 WNSR. 

For VandyMania.com and Scout, this is Don Yates.


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