Daily Dawg Thread: December 30, 2021

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Daily Dawg Thread: December 30, 2021

#12/13 Georgia Lady Bulldogs (11-1) vs. #19/24 LSU Tigers (12-1) Tonight at Stegeman

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Opening Tip Storylines





» Georgia opens SEC play with a top-25 showdown against LSU. The No. 12-ranked Lady Bulldogs and No. 19 Tigers tip off at 7 p.m. ET on SEC Network +. 

» The Lady Bulldogs finished non-conference action with an 11-1 record and have won 19 of their last 23 games  dating back to last season. LSU has won 11-straight games — its longest win streak since the 2006-07 season. 

» Georgia is looking for its third top-25 win. A victory on Thursday would mark the first time since the 1999-2000 campaign that the Lady Bulldogs have won a trio of top-25 matchups before Jan. 1.

» LSU comes to Athens for the second-straight season. Georgia has won four of the last six meetings between the two programs, but lost last year’s contest, 60-52, at Stegeman Coliseum. Georgia owns a 27-22 lead in the all-time series against the Tigers, including a 16-7 mark at home.  

» Jillian Hollingshead was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Tuesday. Hollingshead posted the first double-figure scoring game of her career with 12 points against South Alabama last week. 

» Graduate center Jenna Staiti was named the ESPN National Player of the Week and SEC Player of the Week on Dec. 20 after her 21-point, 11-rebound effort against No. 2 NC State. 

» Georgia has held seven of 12 opponents to 50 points or less. The Lady Bulldogs rank in the top-5 of the SEC in every defensive category, including scoring defense, field-goal percentage defense, 3-point field goal percentage defense, blocked shots, rebounding margin and steals. 

» The Lady Bulldogs have totaled 56 assists on 70 made field goals over the last two games. Georgia leads the SEC in total assists (220) and second in assists per game (18.3). 

» Senior guard Que Morrison has established herself as one of the top all-around players in the nation. She ranks in the top-10 of the SEC in a multitude of categories, including assists, steals, assist-to-turnover ratio and free-throw percentage. 

Georgia Notebook

Down Goes No. 2

» Georgia’s win at then No. 2-ranked NC State marked the program’s first true road win against a top-25 team in school history. The victory also ended the Wolfpack’s 10-game win streak. 

WGOLF: Jenny Bae Selected For Curtis Cup Practice Session

Jenny Bae tees off on the seventh hole during the round of 16 at the 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y. on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. (Darren Carroll/USGA)

Georgia senior Jenny Bae is one of 12 golfers who will take part in the USGA’s International Team Selection Working Group practice session on January 15-16 at Mountain Lake in Lake Wales, Fla. The players will be vying for spots on the United States team for the 42nd Curtis Cup Match, which will take place June 10-12 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.

Bae was a combined 5-under over 10 rounds during Georgia’s fall campaign. The senior from Suwanee, Ga., earned All-America honors last season after finishing as Georgia’s top individual in six of 11 tournaments. She captured medalist honors at the NCAA Columbus Regional and was the Bulldogs’ top finisher at the NCAA Championships.

Bae followed the college season with a stellar summer headlined by a trio of victories in a one-week span. She posted an 11-under tally en route to a 5-stroke victory at the Georgia Women’s Amateur Championship on June 30. The next morning, Bae began another wire-to-wire win by shooting 6-under 136 on her way to winning the Georgia Women’s Open. Three days after that, she fired a 5-under 67 to capture medalist honors at a U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifier on July 5. 

At the U.S. Women’s Am, Bae tied for 12th over two days of stroke play qualifying and advanced to the Round of 16 of match play before falling to eventual champion Jensen Castle.

Photo Rewind: Georgia vs. Florida 2021

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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.