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Women’s Basketball: Georgia vs. Auburn Today at Stegeman

Haley Clark brings the ball up the court.
Haley Clark brings the ball up the court.

 
 
#24 Georgia Lady Bulldogs (16-2, 4-1 SEC) vs. Auburn Tigers (10-8, 1-5 SEC)

Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 // 3 p.m. ET // Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)

Watch: SEC Network (Brenda VanLengen — play-by-play, Andraya Carter — analyst)

Radio: 103.7 WKXT-FM and 960 AM; also available on GeorgiaDogs.com and the Georgia Bulldog App

(Jeff Dantzler — The Voice of the Lady Bulldogs)
 
 
Full Game Notes Packet (Click Here)
 
 
Game Promotions
 
– First 1,000 fans will receive a Georgia basketball picture frame

– Face painter and balloon artist

– Girl Scout Day All-Sport Clinic held in the WBB practice gym at 1 p.m.

– Alumni Reunion — all Georgia Lady Bulldogs alumni will be introduced at special presentations

– Picture Day – Fans are invited to take photos with Coach Taylor and the team postgame
 
 
Opening Tip
 
» Georgia returns home to host Auburn on Alumni Weekend, with tipoff scheduled for 3 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
 
» The Lady Bulldogs have won four-straight games, including a victory at No. 16 Texas A&M last Sunday. Georgia, now 16-2 overall, moved into the top-25 of the USA Today Coaches poll and was selected one of the top-16 NCAA Tournament seeds in the committee’s preliminary reveal Thursday night.
 
» Georgia has already matched last season’s win total, doing so in just 18 games. The Lady Bulldogs are off to their best start since the 2012-13 NCAA Elite Eight team also began the year 16-2. With 16 victories, the team is guaranteed a winning season and will stay one of only three programs — along with Tennessee and Green Bay — to have a winning record every year since 1981-82.
 
» Junior forward Caliya Robinson was named the SEC Player of the Week, while freshman guard Gabby Connally was tabbed the league’s Freshman of the Week this past Monday. Robinson has recorded three-straight double-doubles, while Connally’s 37 points against Texas A&M are the most ever for a Georgia freshman against an SEC opponent.
 
» Georgia leads the SEC and is fourth nationally in blocked shots with 123 total and 6.8 per game as a team. The Lady Bulldogs also lead the league and are 10th nationally in field-goal percentage defense, holding opponents to just 34.5 percent shooting from the floor.
 
» The Lady Bulldogs have won three in a row and four of the last five games against Auburn. In the Tigers’ last trip to Athens in 2016, Georgia won 63-30, setting a school-record low for points allowed in a single game to an SEC opponent.
 
» Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy was an assistant coach at Georgia from 1996-2002 before becoming head coach at Georgetown and then Auburn.
 
 
Series Information
 
Overall: Georgia leads, 29-18
 
In Athens: Georgia leads, 17-5
 
In Auburn: Tied, 10-10
 
Neutral Sites: Tied, 3-3
 
Current Streak: Georgia has won three in a row
 
Last Meeting: Georgia 56, Auburn 52 (3/2/17)
 
Largest Margin of Victory: Georgia 95, Auburn 61 (1/18/86)
 
Largest Defeat: Auburn 82, Georgia 52 (1/13/08)
 
 
Last Time Out
 
Georgia Lady Bulldog basketball freshman and San Antonio, Texas native Gabby Connally scored 37 points – the most by a Georgia player since Tasha Humphrey in 2005 – to lead her team to a 92-84 road win at No. 16 Texas A&M last Sunday afternoon.
 
Connally’s performance ranks among some of the best in Georgia’s storied history and is only third behind Lady Bulldog greats Coco Miller (45 against Charleston Southern in 1997) and Janet Harris (39 versus Valdosta State in 1982) for most points scored by a Georgia freshman in a single game.
 
“Gabby lives for these moments,” head coach Joni Taylor said. “We want the ball in Gabby’s hands. She can drive, she can score and she can make things happen. We put faith in her and she delivered today in front of so many friends and family who made the trip. I am happy for her and so proud of our team for fighting to get a big road win.”
 
The Texas native hit four 3-pointers as Georgia finished with 12 overall – just one shy of the school record 13. In addition to Connally, junior forward Caliya Robinson finished just two blocks shy of a triple-double with 18 points, 19 rebounds and eight blocks.
 
“Coach Taylor tells me to be more aggressive, and today I was able to do that,” Connally said. “I had some open looks and my teammates told me to just let it fly. We know it is never easy to come down here and get a win so I am so happy for this team.
 
 
Georgia Notebook
 
 
Robinson Close To A Triple Double
 
» Junior forward Caliya Robinson finished just two blocks shy of a triple-double with 18 points, 19 rebounds and eight blocks against No. 16 Texas A&M last Sunday. Robinson’s 19 rebounds ties for the sixth-best total in school history and is the second-best total among all SEC players this season. Her eight blocks are tied for the best single-game total of all conference players this season. The Marietta, Georgia native has now recorded three-straight double-doubles.
 
 
Georgia Making A Name For Itself On The Road
 
» The Lady Bulldogs’ 7-0 record away from home is the team’s best start since the 1994-95 NCAA Final Four Team began the year 11-0 outside of Athens. Overall, Georgia’s 16-2 record this year, with only two losses to top-5 teams Mississippi State and Texas, is the Lady Bulldogs’ fastest start since the 2012-13 NCAA Elite Eight Team went 16-2 as well.
 
 
Quality Wins for Lady Bulldogs
 
» Georgia has seven wins against teams that won 20 or more games and made postseason play a year ago, with the Lady Bulldogs’ only two losses coming to top-10 squads Texas and Mississippi State. Georgia, which is ranked 24th in the RPI, has quality wins against Virginia, Mercer, BYU, Georgia Tech, Wright State, Kentucky and Texas A&M — all teams that won 20 or more games in 2016-17. During Joni Taylor’s tenure, the Lady Bulldogs have recorded seven wins against top-25 teams in three seasons.
 
 
Strong Non-Conference Performance
 
» Georgia finished with a 12-1 non-conference record for the second time in three years. In all, the Lady Bulldogs own a 33-8 non-conference record under Coach Taylor, a near 80-percent win percentage. This season, Georgia won its non-conference contests by an average margin of 17 points per contest.
 
 
Balanced Bulldogs
 
» Georgia’s balanced scoring has helped the team to a fast start this season. Through 18 games, eight or more players have scored in 16 contests. In all, every available player on the Lady Bulldogs’ roster has scored a point, while eight players average 15 or more minutes per game.
 
 
 
 

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