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WBB: UGA Opens NCAA Run Today

Gabby Connally
Gabby Connally

#10/12 Georgia Lady Bulldogs (20-6, 10-5 SEC) vs. Drexel Dragons (14-8, 8-6 Colonial Athletic Association)

Monday, March 22 | noon ET/11 a.m. CT | NCAA First Round | Alamo Region | Bill Greehey Arena | San Antonio

TV: ESPN2 (Roy Philpott and Brooke Weisbrod)





Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network (Jeff Dantzler) 

WXKT 103.7 FM and 960 AM The Ref (also available on the Georgia Bulldogs’ App)





NCAA Tournament History

»   Georgia is one of only eight schools to advance to at least five Final Fours, doing so in 1983,1985, 1995, 1996 and 1999.

»   The Lady Bulldogs have earned bids to 34 of 39 NCAA Tournaments. That ties Stanford for second-most appearances. 

»   Georgia has played in 88 NCAA tournament games, a total that ranks sixth among all Division I women’s basketball programs. 

»   Overall, Georgia has advanced to 20 Sweet 16s and 11 Elite Eights

Scouting Drexel

• The Dragons enter the NCAA Tournament with a 14-8 record. They have won three straight and four of their last five games. Hannah Nihill and Keishana Washington have been Drexel’s top two scorers this season. Nihill leads the Dragons with 16 points per game. She was a First-Team All-CAA selection and the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. Washington had a huge postseason and was named the CAA’s Most Outstanding Player at the Championships. She scored 78 points in the three postseason games (26 per game) and had back-to-back contests of 30 points or more. Mariah Leonard is shooting .500 from the field and leads the team with 6.4 rebounds per game.

Georgia Season Notebook

Connally Back Home in San Antonio

Georgia senior guard Gabby Connally returns to her hometown of San Antonio. She was a star at Brandeis High School, where she led her team in scoring all four years of her prep career. In 2017, she was named the San Antonio Express Co-Player of the Year. 

Georgia In Top-10

The Lady Bulldogs enter the NCAA tournament ranked No. 10 nationally in the Associated Press Top-25. It is Georgia’s highest ranking coming into the tournament since the 2000-01 campaign, when the Lady Bulldogs were No. 4 heading into postseason play. 

Georgia ended the tournament ranked No. 6 nationally in 2004 and was ranked No. 10 after an Elite Eight run in 2013. 

Defensive Player of the Year Heats Up Offensively

Que Morrison — the 2021 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year — has made a name for herself on the defensive side of the floor. This season, she has stepped up her game offensively, scoring in double figures in 11-straight matchups entering the  tournament. Morrison had not scored in double digits in more than three-straight contests before her senior campaign. 

Experienced Seniors Ready for NCAA Tourney

Georgia seniors Maya Caldwell, Gabby Connally, Que Morrison and Jenna Staiti have combined to start over 300 games in their college careers. They have all led Georgia this season while pursuing master’s degrees at UGA. 

This is their second trip to the NCAA tournament. Staiti — who sat out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules — will be making her first  appearance in the Big Dance as a Lady Bulldog.

Caldwell Moves to 4 and Scores More

Just before Georgia’s regular season finale at Florida on Feb. 28, Taylor and her staff moved senior guard Maya Caldwell to the four spot when the team goes to its four-guard lineup. Caldwell has thrived, scoring in double figures in three-straight games in the best stretch of her career. 

Caldwell scored a career-high 27 points against Florida, 20 versus Kentucky in the SEC quarterfinals and 19 against Texas A&M in the SEC semifinals. 





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