On Tuesday, the University of Georgia women’s basketball team found out what their 2018 SEC schedule would look like. The Lady Bulldogs have a total of 16 conference games consisting of eight home and eight away contests. Georgia will tip off against their first conference foe, NCAA title runner-up Mississippi State, on December 31st.
Georgia will play Florida, its permanent opponent, twice and will also play a home and home with both Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. Other home match-ups include 2017 NCAA champion, South Carolina. CLICK HERE for UGA women’s basketball team’s complete 2017-2018 schedule.
“Fans will have the opportunity to enjoy the best basketball in the nation right here inside newly-renovated Stegeman Coliseum,” head coach Joni Taylor said. “I tell our student-athletes all the time that this is the reason you come to Georgia — to play against the best. The SEC offers that opportunity, both at home and on the road, to compete against remarkable athletes and coaches. We look forward to the season ahead and hope fans will join us on this exciting journey.”
Following the New Year’s Eve tilt against Mississippi State in Athens, Georgia will hit the road for three of its next four games. The Lady Bulldogs travel to Vanderbilt (Jan. 4), Kentucky (Jan. 7) and Texas A&M (Jan. 14), with Arkansas coming to Stegeman Coliseum on Jan. 11.
Georgia will then have a bye week before back-to-back home games against Auburn (Jan. 21) and Missouri (Jan. 25). Florida represents the midway point of Georgia’s SEC schedule as the Gators host the Lady Bulldogs on Jan. 28, before UGA treks to LSU the first day of February.
Ole Miss and Vanderbilt await Georgia on Feb. 4 and 8, before the Lady Bulldogs travel to Knoxville to face Tennessee the following Sunday. Reigning national champion South Carolina will then make the short trip over from Columbia on Feb. 15, before road dates at Ole Miss (Feb. 19) and at Alabama (Feb. 22) as well as a home date against Florida (Feb. 25) round out the regular season slate.
This year’s league schedule culminates with the 2018 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament, which will be held Feb. 28-March 4 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Lady Bulldogs enter the 2017-18 season with five returning letterwinners, including 2017 SEC All-Defensive Team and 2016 SEC All-Freshman Team selection Caliya Robinson as well as seniors Mackenzie Engram and Haley Clark. In addition to the returning players, Georgia welcomes a top-10 signing class and eligible transfers Taja Cole and Bianca Blanaru.
SEASON TICKET INFORMATION
Season tickets for the upcoming Georgia Lady Bulldog basketball season went on sale July 1 and can be purchased online at www.georgiadogs.com or by calling the Athletic Association ticket office 1-877-542-1231.
STEGEMAN COLISEUM RENOVATION INFORMATION
Stegeman Coliseum has been undergoing major renovations this summer. Work began on Phase II of the approximately $8-million project to the Coliseum’s interior. Prior to last season, Phase I included the addition of an HD scoreboard and a dramatic mural covering the distinctive end wall of the arena’s east end. This summer, renovations include a center-hung scoreboard, new seats, significantly upgraded sound and lighting systems and additional LED signage.
The current projects follow a $13-million renovation in 2010 that transformed Stegeman’s concourses, upgrading the graphics, enhancing spectator access to concessions and restrooms and adding 5,000-square feet of concourse space on each side of the arena. Those efforts won awards from both the American Institute of Architects and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.