Georgia vs Missouri: Game Notes

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Georgia vs Missouri: Game Notes

Tiaria Griffin (3) during Georgia’s game with the Missouri Tigers on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 in Athens, Ga.
(Photo by John Kelley)
[su_spacer size=”20″] Lady Bulldog Game Notes

SEC Tournament Second Round

No. 10 seed Georgia vs Missouri – No. 7 seed

Thursday, March 6 at 6 p.m. ET

Verizon Arena (18,000) in Little Rock, Ark.

TV: SET Network; Paul Sunderland, play-by-play; Carolyn Peck, analyst; Steffi Sorensen, reporter

Radio: Georgia Bulldog Radio Network (AM 960 The Ref in Athens & 103.7 FM from Gainesville); Jeff Dantzler, play-by-play
[su_spacer size=”40″] Starting 5
[su_spacer size=”20″] • UGA is 4-2 all-time against MU, but MU won the only previous postseason matchup in the 2001 NCAA Tournament

• UGA is 45-31 in SEC Tournament play, including winning the 1983, 1984, 1986 and 2001 tourneys

• Tiaria Griffin is one 3-pointer away from joining UGA’s top-10 career leaders for made shots behind the arc

• UGA is two wins shy of the Lady Bulldogs’ 900th all-time victory

• UGA snapped an eight-game losing streak – its second-longest ever – with last Sunday’s win at Florida
[su_spacer size=”40″] Keeping An Eye On…Entering Today’s Game:
[su_spacer size=”20″] Tiaria Griffin is…
[su_spacer size=”20″] • 1 3-point FGs from No. 10 Alexis Kendrick among UGA’s career leaders

• 2 3-point FGAs from No. 5 Megan Darrah among UGA’s career leaders

• 3 3-point FGAs from No. 4 Alexis Kendrick among UGA’s career leaders

• 7 3-point FGs from No. 8 Kedra Holland (1995-96) among UGA’s season leaders

• 2 3-point FGs from No. 9 Ashley Houts among UGA’s career leaders

• 3 3-point FGAs from No. 7 Khaalidah Miller (2009-10) among UGA’s season leaders
[su_spacer size=”40″] Lady Bulldog Basketball is…
[su_spacer size=”20″] • 2 wins from the program’s 900th victory
[su_spacer size=”40″] Andy Landers is…
[su_spacer size=”20″] • 7 victories from his 950th win as a collegiate head coach

Millennium point watch…

• Tiaria Griffin is 160 points from 1,000

• Erika Ford is 166 points from 1,000
[su_spacer size=”40″] Georgia Opens Postseason Play
[su_spacer size=”20″] The Georgia Lady Bulldogs will take on the Missouri Tigers in a second-round mathcup at the SEC Tournament on Thursday evening. Tip time at Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Ark., is set for just after 7 p.m. ET.
[su_spacer size=”30″] Georgia is currently 18-11 overall and is the SEC tourney’s No. 10 seed after compiling at 6-10 record in league play. That’s a long way from the 17-3 and 5-2 marks the Lady Bulldogs sported after a Jan. 22 upset of No. 10 Texas A&M.
[su_spacer size=”30″] Following the win over the Aggies, Georgia endured an eight-game losing streak – the second-longest in school history – before snapping that skid last Sunday at Florida. Game-high tallies of 17 points from Tiaria Griffin and 11 rebounds by Krista Donald led the Lady Bulldogs past the Gators, 52-45.
[su_spacer size=”30″] Georgia’s misfortunes during the losing streak are outlined later in these Game Notes as “Dissecting A Losing Streak.”
[su_spacer size=”30″] Griffin is Georgia’s active scoring leader at 11.1 ppg, while Donald is the top active rebounder at 6.6 rpg.
[su_spacer size=”30″] Missouri arrives in Little Rock as the hottest team in the league. The Tigers’ currently sport the SEC’s longest active winning streak of four games. The Tigers were 3-9 in league play before securing successive victories over Ole Miss, at Vanderbilt, at Texas A&M and versus Arkansas to wrap up the regular season.
[su_spacer size=”30″] Jordan Frericks leads Missouri both in scoring and rebounding with averages of 13.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. She is second in the SEC in boards per game. Guards Morgan Eye and Sierra Michaelis chip in 9.8 ppg for the Tigers.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Quoting Coach Landers
[su_spacer size=”20″] On Facing Missouri…
[su_spacer size=”10″] “I’m not sure that our focus will change a great deal. I think what has happened with Missouri is, like us, they’ve reinvented themselves and they’ve become more comfortable and confident with who they are. One of the tough things about having multiple injuries in a course of a year is that normally those don’t happen at the same time, the same day or the same week. When you’re hit with a serious injury to a primary player, as a coach and a team you kind of regroup, you huddle and you figure out what the next step is and you move in that direction. When another (injury) happens, you kind of go ‘Woah’ and you have to again regroup, huddle back and say ‘let’s figure this piece out and how we’re going to approach it’ and you go forward. Now, the first one is tough, but the second one is even tougher. And then if there’s a third or a fourth, you feel like it’s constant that you’re just trying to figure out where you go from where you are. You really don’t make any progress when you’re doing that. I think what has happened at Missouri is that the situation of being short-handed finally stabilzed itself and that team has figured out how they can play and be successful together with what they have. What they’ve been able to do is basically reinvent themsleves in the image that Missouri has. They’re an excellent perimeter shooting team. They have excellent inside play with (Jordan) Frericks. They’re very stingy defensively. What we will try to do is basically what we tried to do in the first game, with the understanding that it’s going to be more difficult this time around because they’re more settled into the roles that they’re playing.”

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