Lady Bulldogs travel to LSU in top 20 fight – 95.5 WSB

#14/17 Georgia Lady Bulldogs (17-5, 6-4 SEC) vs. #13/14 LSU Tigers (19-4, 7-3 SEC)

Thursday February 10 | 7:30pm CT/8:30pm ET | Baton Rouge, La. | PMAC (13,215)

Watch: SEC Network (Courtney Lyle and Christy Thomskutty)

Listen: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network (Jeff Dantzler)

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Opening Tip Storylines

» Georgia travels to Baton Rouge for a top-15 showdown with No. 14 LSU on Thursday. Tip time is set at 8:30pm ET/7:30pm CT on the SEC network.

» The Lady Bulldogs currently rank fifth in the SEC standings. A win Thursday could put Georgia in fourth place with LSU.

» Graduates Que Morrison and Jenna Staiti led Georgia all season. The pair have combined for 40 percent of the team’s points this year. Either Morrison or Staiti have led the Lady Bulldogs as the leading scorer in 19 of the team’s 22 games.

» Last week, Staiti was named Naismith National Player of the Year Midseason Team, while Morrison was named to the Dawn Staley Award Watch List as the nation’s top guard.

» Georgia have an impressive 8-1 away record against Athens this year. The Lady Bulldogs have some impressive wins on the road/neutrals, including victories over Notre Dame and then-No. 2 ranked NC State.

» The Lady Bulldogs play a deep bench. In fact, Georgia’s bench has outplayed their opponent in all but three games (Notre Dame, Texas Tech, and Ole Miss).

» Senior striker Malury Bates has improved in the last two games. She has hit double digits in both competitions and has a career-best 13 points against Florida.

» A pair of Lady Bulldogs returned to the lineup during Sunday’s game against Florida. Zoesha Smith missed two games due to health and safety protocols, while Jillian Hollingshead missed four games with a non-COVID-related illness.

Prior to her illness, Hollingshead was twice named SEC Freshman of the Week — Georgia’s first two-time honoree since Caliya Robinson in 2016.

Georgia Season Notebook

Win the boards

» Georgia boasts a 12-1 record as they overtook their opponent, with the only loss coming in Kentucky. In 17 wins, Georgia has overtaken the opposition by a +9 lead while the Lady Bulldogs are -2 in five losses.

Paint touches

» The Lady Bulldogs have outplayed their opponents this season with a ledger of 800-598 (a +200 margin) in color. Georgia has an average of 10 more points per game in the suit than the opposing team.

Dawgs are the SEC’s most selfless

» Georgia leads the SEC and ranks 15th nationally with 17.2 assists per game. The team has totaled 378 assists on 621 field goals this season — an average of 61 percent.

Staiti, Morrison Add to National Honours

» Que Morrison and Jenna Staiti remain among the best players in the country. Staiti was named Naismith National Player of the Year Midseason Team, while Morrison was named to the Naismith National Defensive Player of the Year Watch List. Both players are among the best in their respective positions. Staiti is on the Lisa Leslie Award Watch List while Morrison is on the Dawn Staley Award List.

Steady Staiti continues streak

» Jenna Staiti has now hit double digits in 48 of her last 57 games with 19 double-doubles during that span. She is one of only six players in program history to have 1,000+ career points, 500+ rebounds and 200+ blocked shots.

One of the best all-round players? No (que)stion about it

» Que Morrison — the 2021 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and two-time SEC All-Defensive Team Selection — does literally everything. If you look at any SEC statistics sheet, you’ll find Morrison’s name in almost every statistical category.

Over the course of the season, Morrison has hit big shot after big shot to carry her team. She has hit double digits 18 times, recorded 20 or more points four times, had three or more steals eight times, and three or more assists in every single game.

Big MAC Dawgs

» Georgia signee Janiah Barker became the third Lady Bulldog to be named to McDonald’s All-American team in the past two years. She is the 13th Georgia commit in program history to earn this honor, joining current Lady Bulldogs Reigan Richardson (2021), Jillian Hollingshead (2021) and Mikayla Coombs (2017).

Coombs wipes the Irish

Senior guard Mikayla Coombs nearly set the school record with eight steals in the win over Notre Dame — a total that was just two shy of the school record. Coombs recorded six steals in the first quarter alone to lead her team in the early stages.

Barker’s bomb rocks NC state

» Sarah Ashlee Barker nailed a 25-foot lever on the buzzer to send the game against NC State into overtime. Barker ended his career with a career-best four 3-point field goals, including back-to-back late-game threes to stop an NC State rally.

overtime success

» Georgia improved to an impressive 9-2 in overtime games under head coach Joni Taylor. In fact, Georgia has won four straight and nine of their last 10 OT competitions.

Down goes No. 2

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

Bulldog Block Party

» The Lady Bulldogs set a new school record with 18 blocks in the win against Alabama State on November 21. That total broke a 34-year-old record set in 1987 when Georgia had 16 against Mercer. The Lady Bulldogs’ 18 batting is the second-most in a game in SEC history.

UGA seniors earn degrees

» For the second year in a row, every Georgia senior has graduated from college. Malury Bates (Sociology), Mikayla Coombs (Sports Management), Que Morrison (Communications Studies) and Jenna Staiti (Human Development and Family Studies) all graduated from the University of Georgia.

A healthy dose of Que

» After a string of career injuries, Morrison finally enjoyed a full healthy season for the Lady Bulldogs.

Here’s a look back at some of the adversity Morrison overcame.

The defensive stopper who was placed on the SEC All-Freshman Team after starting 32 ties against Georgia’s NCAA tournament team. Then, in her second campaign, Morrison missed the first eight games due to a torn meniscus in her left knee. In 2019/20 she had sustained a foot injury before the start of the year. She then suffered a labrum tear in her right shoulder to end her junior campaign midway through the SEC game.

Coombs assumes leadership roles

» Mikayla Coombs — a native of Buford, Georgia — was selected by her peers to serve as vice chair of the SEC Women’s Basketball Leadership Council. As one of four elected officers, she will attend various meetings throughout the year to provide feedback to the Athletics Directors, Senior Woman Administrators and Faculty Athletics Representatives.

The news came after she was elected the sole student-athlete representative on the NCAA competition committee. Coombs has a degree in Sports Management from the University of Georgia and is currently pursuing a Masters in the same program. She was named a UGA Presidential Scholar in 2020, has been named to the Athletic Director’s Honors List three times, and was named to the Dean’s List in 2021.

Chapman sticks with basketball

Junior guard Chloe Chapman played two seasons for the Georgia soccer team, but after spending two years as a doubles athlete, she will now only focus on basketball. A native of Mitchellville, Md., he was a consensus top 40 prospect and was rated the nation’s No. 8 point guard after high school.

Freshmen from Georgia are already making history

» Lady Bulldog’s freshmen, Reigan Richardson and Jillian Hollingshead, were both named McDonald’s All-Americans, marking the first time in Georgia history that the program has signed two McDonald’s All-Americans in one class. Hollingshead and Richardson are the 11th and 12th McDonald’s All-Americans to sign with the Lady Bulldogs and the first to go straight out of high school since Ronika Ransford in 2010. The current Lady Bulldog Mikayla Coombs was a 2017 McDonald’s All-American.

A moving story

» Georgia is one of only two SEC (Tennessee) programs and one of only 16 teams statewide to reach the 1,000 win total. The Lady Bulldogs accomplished the feat on the East Carolina road last season, marking the latest impressive achievement for the legendary program.

The Lady Bulldogs are one of only three teams, along with Wisconsin-Green Bay and Tennessee, to have a winning record every year since 1980 and to have competed in 34 of 39 NCAA tournaments.

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