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Georgia Lady Dogs
RECORD: 0 - 0 REGION: West  SEED: 3
COACH: Andy Landers CONFERENCE: SEC
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Road to the Final Four  ...................................................................................

PREVIOUS GAMES
OPPONENT ROUND RESULT
Liberty 1st Round W 78 - 53
TCU 2nd Round W 85 - 71
Purdue Sweet 16 W 66 - 64
LSU Elite Eight L 62 - 60


ESPN'S TAKE
 
with Nancy Lieberman
 

Though Georgia's talented post game took a hit when Braxton was booted off the team, the Lady Dogs' guard play is still tremendous, and once again, it's evident that Andy Landers knows how to recruit the best athletes. Still, consistency is suspect. Georgia has the talent to beat teams such as UConn, Texas and Tennessee. But one day after beating the then-No. 1 Lady Vols in the SEC tournament, Georgia blew an 18-point lead and lost to Vanderbilt in the tourney final. Mental toughness is a must.

PLAYER TO WATCH
 

 
Christi Thomas
 
The 6-foot-5 senior post has been dominating the paint in the SEC for four years now since being named the conference's top freshman in 2001. Thomas, who ranks among the Lady Bulldogs' career leaders in five statistical categories, including points (12th) and rebounds (eighth), leads Georgia in scoring at 13.0 points per game and on the glass with 8.2 boards. A 53.8 percent shooter from the field, Thomas also has tallied nine double-doubles this season and is capable of huge games. Witness her Jan. 8 performance against Mississippi State: 27 points, 15 rebounds and 12 made field goals. Oh, and there was that seven-block game back on Nov. 21 in the season opener.

ANALYSIS BY ESPN'S STACEY DALES-SCHUMAN
Stacey Dales-SchumanAndy Landers has faced more tough decision making this season, and the inconsistent play of his team might be attributed to outside elements. Losing Kara Braxton, the best scorer on the team, to yet another suspension simply because she couldn't and wouldn't adhere to the rules, can ultimately be taxing on a team's psyche.

Although Georgia has played in sync without the 6-foot-6 mover and shaker, her dismissal served as a distraction, a poison if you will, to team chemistry. Although Landers relates the team's inconsistency to shooting the ball, certainly the off-court stresses could have affected chemistry, which often times transcends to the playing field.

Though plagued with adversity, Georgia is fully loaded with an array of weapons that have at times proven disastrous for adversaries. Senior center Christi Thomas has been a constant for the duration of her career. She moves fluidly, keeps the ball high, and can turn either direction for the score. She's also been a big help defensively in terms of altering shots or denying them altogether.

While the Lady Dogs have typically played brilliantly behind Braxton and Thomas, the team's guard play is equally impressive. Sophomore Sherill Baker, freshman Janese Hardrick and sophomore Alexis Kendrick, are a fun trio to watch. Kendrick makes sure everyone touches the ball, Baker stuns opponents with her lightning quickness and Hardrick can flat out score. The development of these players will be vital to the Georgia program.

Watch for Georgia to attack in offensive transition. Thomas really charges the floor, and any one of the speedy guards can push the ball 94 feet. Solid defensive rebounds are also key in order to start the fast break off with momentum.

The main objective in the half-court game is to place the ball down low so that Thomas can go to work. Georgia only averages 31 percent from downtown, so its obvious the Lady Dogs need to score around the cylinder. Although the shooting game has been inconsistent around the horn, we expect a more focused Georgia squad to come to the NCAA Tournament.



LAST 5 GAMES
OPPONENT RESULT
VanderbiltL, 62-56
@ TennesseeW, 68-66
@ FloridaW, 76-72
South CarolinaW, 73-42
KentuckyW, 73-62


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