Daily Dawg Thread: November 25, 2021

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Daily Dawg Thread: November 25, 2021

WBB: UGA Faces Notre Dame at Daytona Beach Invitational

Opening Tip 

» Georgia hits the road for the first time this season with a trip to Daytona Beach, Fla., for the 2021 Daytona Beach Invitational. The 4-0 Lady Bulldogs meet Notre Dame and Marquette — two teams with a combined 8-1 record this year. 





» This week’s games will be carried via a subscription-based live stream on FloHoops.com. Kaleb Frady will handle play-by-play duties on the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network. 

» Friday’s contest against Notre Dame is just the fourth all-time matchup and the first in 21 years between the Lady Bulldogs and Fighting Irish. Georgia owns a 2-1 lead in the series, with the only loss coming in a 75-73 defeat at the Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge in Madison, Wisc., on Nov. 24, 2000. Georgia legends Kelly and Coco Miller combined for 29 points in the loss. 

» The Lady Bulldogs are 4-0 for the second-straight season and for the third time overall under head coach Joni Taylor. Georgia has won 12 of its last 15 games, with the only losses coming to Kentucky, South Carolina and Oregon. 





» Georgia’s defense has been stifling this season. The Lady Bulldogs lead the SEC in scoring defense at 45.3 ppg and field-goal percentage defense at 26.2 percent. 

» The Lady Bulldogs set a new school record with 18 blocks in the win against Alabama State. That total broke a 34-year old record from 1987 when Georgia had 16 against Mercer. The Lady Bulldogs’ 18 swats are tied for the second-most in a game in SEC history. 

» Freshman guard Reigan Richardson is coming off the best game of her career. She scored 16 points, with 11 of those coming in the second half, against Alabama State.

» Sophomore forward Javyn Nicholson already has a pair of double-doubles this year after posting two double-doubles in the previous two years combined. Nicholson is averaging 11.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. 

Series History

» Georgia and Notre Dame will be meeting for the first time in 21 years when the two squads face each other on Friday. The Lady Bulldogs own a 2-1 lead in the all-time series. The Lady Bulldogs and Fighting Irish traded a home and home back in 1991 and 1992, with Georgia taking wins in Athens and South Bend by a combined 10 points. 

Scouting the Opponent: Notre Dame

» Notre Dame is off to a fast start with a perfect 5-0 record. Freshman guard Sonia Citron has earned back-to-back ACC Freshman of the Week honors and is averaging 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds this season. The Fighting Irish are led by a talented group, headlined by Maddy Westbeld, Dara Mabrey and Maya Dodson. The high-scoring Irish have six players averaging in double figures. 

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