Georgia (9-4) vs. LSU (9-3)
Thursday, Jan. 3 | 7 p.m. ET| Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)
TV: SEC Network + (Matt Stewart and Christy Thomaskutty)
Radio: Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network – 960 AM in Athens (Jeff Dantzler)
Live Stats: GeorgiaDogs.com
Lady Bulldogs Tip Off SEC Slate
» Georgia opens Southeastern Conference play this Thursday against the LSU Tigers inside Stegeman Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET with Matt Stewart and Christy Thomaskutty calling the action on SEC Network +.
Pair of Streaks to Watch
» Georgia has lost five-straight Southeastern Conference openers, with the last win coming against Missouri, 77-46, to begin the 2012-13 conference slate. During the current five-game span, four of those losses have come on the road.
On another note, the Lady Bulldogs are currently 8-0 at home this season. The last loss inside Stegeman Coliseum came against Duke in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
Defense the Difference Again
» The Lady Bulldogs enter Thursday’s game sitting atop the SEC in several defensive categories. Georgia paces the conference in blocked shots with 7.1 per game and is ranked first nationally with 92 total blocks as a team. Georgia holds opponents to just 32.5 percent shooting from the field — an average that ranks first in the conference and ninth nationally.
Cole Among Nation’s Leaders in Assists
» Redshirt-junior point guard Taja Cole enters the LSU contest following a near triple-double performance of 17 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds against Presbyterian. Cole leads the SEC in assists (7th nationally) with 6.7 per game and has totaled five or more assists in 11 of 13 matchups this year. Her 87 total dimes are 17 more than the next closest SEC player (Mimi Reid of Ole Miss – 70).
» LSU boasts a 9-3 overall record. The Tigers, who are led by head coach Nikki Fargas, grabbed their last win on Dec. 30 with an impressive 78-49 victory over previously ranked USF. LSU finished last year with a 19-10 record overall and 11-5 mark in SEC play. The Tigers also had an impressive record at home, going 7-1 in the 2017-18 season. LSU’s leading scorer this season is Ayana Mitchell, who is averaging 14.0 points per game to go along with a team-leading 9.8 rebounds per contest.
Series History vs. LSU
» Georgia holds a 25-21 all-time series record against LSU, with the Lady Bulldogs’ last game against the Tigers ending in a 71-60 loss in Baton Rouge. In its last home contest against LSU, Georgia defeated the Tigers, 70-65, in 2017. The Lady Bulldogs are 14-6 at home against LSU, while the Tigers hold an 11-7 series record in Baton Rouge.