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Caitlin Hose vs Auburn on January 19th, 2020 at Stegeman Coliseum
Caitlin Hose vs Auburn on January 19th, 2020 at Stegeman Coliseum

WBB GAME NOTES: Georgia Travels to No. 20 Arkansas

Game Information

Georgia Lady Bulldogs (11-7, 2-3 SEC) vs. Arkansas Razorbacks (15-3, 3-2 SEC)

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 | 7 p.m. ET| Bud Walton Arena (19,200)

TV: SEC Network (Courtney Lyle and Carolyn Peck) 

Radio: Bulldog Sports Network (Jeff Dantzler) WXKT 103.7FM and 960 AM The REF

Opening Tip

» Georgia travels to Fayetteville this Thursday to take on No. 20/21-ranked Arkansas at 6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. Courtney Lyle and Carolyn Peck will call the action from Bud Walton Arena. 

» Arkansas is the fifth top-25 team the Lady Bulldogs have played this season. This is the first of four-straight games against top-25 squads coming up on Georgia’s schedule over the next couple of weeks. 

» Three of Georgia’s seven losses this season have come against teams currently ranked in the top-10 of both the Associated Press and Coaches polls (No. 1/2 Baylor, No. 9 Mississippi State, and No. 10 UCLA). 

» Georgia head coach Joni Taylor owns a 5-1 record against Arkansas during her head coaching career. The Lady Bulldogs have won five of the last six and 13 of the last 15 meetings against the Razorbacks. Overall, Georgia is 34-6 against Arkansas, including a 14-3 mark in Fayetteville. 

» The Lady Bulldogs defeated Auburn this past Sunday in front of nearly 5,000 fans at Stegeman Coliseum. The win snapped a three-game losing skid in SEC play. 

» Georgia’s bench outscored Auburn’s bench by an impressive 34-4 margin. The Lady Bulldogs were down 17-9 at the end of the first quarter before the lineup of Chloe Chapman, Shaniya Jones, Caitlin Hose, Stephanie Paul and Malury Bates provided Georgia a spark in the second quarter. 

» Lady Bulldog guard Shaniya Jones had her best game of the season against Auburn. She scored a career-high 21 points in 21 minutes of action. Jones hit 5-for-6 from the field and scored 11 points in the third period. 

Scouting Arkansas

» The Razorbacks rank third in the nation in points per game, averaging 86.9 points per contest this season. Chelsea Dungee, one of the top players in the Southeastern Conference, paces Arkansas with 20 points per game. Dungee has scored in double figures in all but one contest and has totaled 20 or more points nine times. Arkansas boasts a 15-3 overall record, with its only losses in SEC play coming to Texas A&M and South Carolina. 

Series Breakdown

Overall: Georgia leads, 34-6

In Athens: Georgia leads, 17-2

In Fayetteville: Georgia leads, 14-3

Neutral Sites: Georgia leads, 3-1

Current Streak: Georgia has won five of the last six

Last Meeting:  Arkansas W, 86-76 (3/7/19)

Largest Margin of Victory: Georgia W, 87-54 (2/24/96)

Largest Defeat: Arkansas W, 66-45 (2/24/02)

Shaniya Jones (21) vs Auburn on January 19th, 2020 at Stegeman Coliseum
Shaniya Jones (21) vs Auburn on January 19th, 2020 at Stegeman Coliseum

Last Meeting Against Arkansas

The Georgia Lady Bulldogs fell to Arkansas, 86-76, in the SEC Tournament on March 7, 2019 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville. 

Then-sophomore Que Morrison and junior Stephanie Paul scored in double-digits, tallying 10 and 11, respectively. Arkansas’ Chelsea Dungee led all scorers, shooting 10-of-15 from the field for 30 points. The Razorbacks shot a season-high 58.2 percent from the field. 

The Lady Bulldogs scored the first four points in the game, but Arkansas answered with six unanswered to take the early advantage. The Razorbacks extended the lead to 19-7, but a 6-0 run kept Georgia close. Still, Arkansas led 25-20 at the end of the first quarter. 

Behind an offensive furry from Dungee, Arkansas went ahead 38-25 with just under five minutes to go before the half. The Razorbacks finished the first half with a 60-percent mark from the field en route to a 48-35 halftime lead. 

With four minutes remaining in the fourth period, a 3-pointer from sophomore Gabby Connally got the Bulldogs within single digits of the Razorbacks for the first time in the second half. Georgia was unable to overcome the deficit, falling to the Razorbacks by 10. 

Up Next for Georgia

Georgia hosts No. 1-ranked South Carolina on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET, before hitting the road to face Texas A&M next Thursday. 

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