The Georgia Lady Dogs basketball team, coming off a 28-point win over Mississippi State, take on LSU tonight in Baton Rouge.
From Tray Littlefield, UGA Sports Communications…
Georgia (15-8, 4-5 SEC) vs. No. 3/4 LSU (21-0, 9-0 SEC)
Thursday, Feb. 2 | 8 p.m. ET | Pete Maravich Assembly Center | Baton Rouge, La.
TV: SEC Network + (Lyn Rollins and Victor Howell)
Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network (Jeff Dantzler)
» Georgia travels to Baton Rouge to face the LSU Tigers on Thursday. Tipoff is at 8 p.m., and the game will be televised on SEC Network +.
» Georgia is coming off a 62-34 win against Mississippi State. The 34 points are the fewest MSU has scored in a game in 10 seasons. This came after the Lady Bulldogs held Missouri to its second-lowest scoring output of the year with 51 points last Thursday.
» The Lady Bulldogs lead the SEC in turnover margin (+4.5) and are second in steals (10.5 per game). Georgia forced Mississippi State into a season-high 27 turnovers on Sunday. LSU comes into this contest ranked third in the league in steals.
» Georgia has forced 20 or more opponent turnovers in 15 of 23 games and has forced double-digit miscues in every contest.
» Georgia is ranked 49th in the latest NCAA Net rankings, while LSU is No. 3.
» Georgia holds a slim 27-24 lead in the all-time series against the Tigers, with LSU currently riding a three-game win streak against the Lady Bulldogs.
» The Lady Bulldogs are looking for their first win against a team ranked No. 3 or higher since last season’s 82-80 overtime win against No. 2 NC State on Dec. 19, 2021.
» Brittney Smith has led Georgia through conference play with seven double-figure scoring games in nine league contests.
» Diamond Battles leads Georgia in scoring (13.9 ppg), assists (69) and steals (40). She was one of just 50 players named to the preseason Naismith National Player of the Year Watch List.
» Georgia picked up its 10th win on Dec. 17. It marked the program’s quickest 10th win in a season since the 2014-15 campaign.
Georgia Season Notebook
Dawgs Are Downright Defensive
In each of her last two seasons at UCF, Coach ABE’s team led the nation in scoring defense. The success of her ‘matchup’ defense is now taking shape at Georgia. The Lady Bulldogs have held five teams (Jacksonville State, NC State, Mercer, San Diego State and Mississippi State) to their season lows in scoring.
We’ll Take That… More on the Georgia “D”
Georgia’s defensive pressure has forced double-digit turnovers in every game this season, while the team has recorded 10 or more steals 12 of 23 matchups. Georgia has held opponents to single-digit quarters on 12 occasions.
Alisha Lewis has the best assist-to-turnover ratio of any player in the Southeastern Conference this season. Lewis has a 2.6 ratio with 68 assists and just 26 turnovers. Offensively, Lewis has scored in double figures in two of the last three games, including an 18-point effort against Missouri. That performance marked her best scoring output since her sophomore campaign.
Brittney the Best in SEC Play
Brittney Smith leads the Lady Bulldogs during SEC play with her 13.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest. Smith has scored in double figures in seven of Georgia’s nine conference matchups, while in league games only, she ranks sixth in field-goal percentage (.533) and second in free-throw percentage (25-of-29/86 percent).
League-Leading 10 Newcomers
With five letterwinners back from last year’s team, the Lady Bulldogs had 10 roster spots to fill this past offseason. Georgia welcomed three players from UCF, while also adding Texas transfer Audrey Warren, West Virginia transfer Kari Niblack and Vanderbilt transfer De’Mauri Flournoy. Four freshmen also joined the team, including Savannah Henderson, Stefanie Ingram, Fatima Diakhate and Amiya Evans.
The 10 newcomers on this year’s roster ties Kentucky for the most in the SEC.
50th Season of Georgia Basketball
This marks the 50th season of Georgia Lady Bulldog basketball. This historic program ranks 15th all time in win percentage (.694) and 16th in total wins (1,053). Georgia ranks second nationally in NCAA tournament appearances with 35 and is still one of only three programs to boast a winning record every season since 1981.
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