Georgia vs. Vanderbilt: Lady Bulldogs Look to Go 11–0 at Home

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Georgia vs. Vanderbilt: Lady Bulldogs Look to Go 11–0 at Home

Maddie Stock (10), Merritt Hempe(13) and Lindsey Cunningham (11) battle for position during Georgia’s game with the Missouri Tigers on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 in Athens, Ga.
(Photo by John Kelley)


Lady Bulldog Game Notes

Georgia vs. Vanderbilt

Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2 p.m. ET

Stegeman Coliseum (10,523) in Athene, Ga.

Video: SET Network+; Matt Stewart, play-by-play; Joe Ciampi, analyst

Radio: Georgia Bulldog Radio Network (AM 960 The Ref in Athens & 103.7 FM from Gainesville); Jeff Dantzler, play-by-play

Promotions: First 750 fans in attendance will receive a free Georgia iPhone 5 case.

Starting 5

• UGA is 33-26 all-time against VU, including a 17-7 mark in Athens

• Tiaria Griffin was named SEC Co-Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 16.0 ppg vs. Missouri and Auburn

• UGA is one victory shy of guaranteeing a 36th straight winning season

• UGA (12-0) was one of this season’s last six undefeated Division I wbb teams when it lost at Seton Hall on 12/28

• UGA’s 11/29 win at Tennessee Tech made Andy Landers just the seventh college hoops coach – men’s or women’s – with 850 wins at one D-I school

Keeping An Eye On…entering today’s game:

Millennium point watch…

• Shacobia Barbee is 155 points from 1,000

• Erika Ford is 215 points from 1,000

Lady Bulldog Basketball is…

• 5 wins from the 900th victory in program history

A0dy Landers is…

• 11 victories from his 950th win as a collegiate head coach

Georgia Set To Host Vanderbilt

The No. 18-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs return home to Stegeman Coliseum on Sunday afternoon for a 2 p.m. matinée matchup with Vanderbilt.

The Lady Bulldogs will look to protect their perfect 10-0 home record this season and extend a 16-game home winning streak that dates back just over a calendar year ago to a Jan. 16, 2014, victory over Arkansas. This season, Georgia has won its home outings by an impressive average of 20.6 ppg.

Georgia slipped to 15-3 overall and 3-2 in SEC action with Thursday’s 55-52 loss at Ole Miss. The Lady Bulldogs led 52-47 with 2:22 left in Oxford before being outscored 8-0 down the stretch.

Shacobia Barbee leads the Lady Bulldogs in scoring at 12.3 ppg, while Tiaria Griffin is contributing 11.7 ppg. Krista Donald is Georgia’s top rebounder at 7.4 rpg.

Griffin is averaging a team-high 13.0 ppg SEC play and was named SEC Co-Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 16.0 ppg in wins over Missouri and Auburn.

All told, eight different Lady Bulldogs – Barbee, Marjorie Butler, Donald, Mackenzie Engram, Erika Ford, Griffin, Merritt Hempe and Pachis Roberts – have combined to score in double figures 46 times for Georgia.

Vanderbilt arrives in Athens with deceptive records of 10-7 overall and 1-3 in SEC play. The Commodores have been bitten badly by the injury bug this season. Vanderbilt’s Jan. 5 game against Tennessee marked the first time all 13 players on the Commodores’ roster were healthy and ready for action. All told, six different players missed games over the first 13 contests.

Vanderbilt served notice it was rounding into form last Sunday when it handed No. 14 Mississippi State its first loss of the season.

Heather Bowe and Rebekah Dahlman provide double-figure scoring averages of 10.7 ppg and 10.4 ppg, respectively. The Commodores have been extremely balanced in SEC play, with no less than eight players averaging between 5.0 ppg and 10.5 ppg.

Series History versus Vanderbilt

Georgia owns a 33-26 lead in its all-time series with Vanderbilt, including a 17-7 mark at Stegeman Coliseum.

UGA and VU split two meetings last season, with the Commodores capturing a 66-58 win in both teams’ SEC opener on Jan. 2 and the Lady Bulldogs securing a 53-43 victory in the second round of the SEC Tournament.

In the SEC Tourney matchup, Georgia used a 19-3 run late in the first half to gain a comfortable lead it maintained the rest of the day.

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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.