Monday, February 05, 2007

Lady Vols Entertain Georgia Lady Bulldogs

The #3-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols (20-2, 7-0 SEC) entertain the #14-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs (19-4, 6-2 SEC) in a key Southeastern Conference match-up on ESPN2 in a "Rivalry Week" meeting in Knoxville on Monday.

Twenty-two days ago, #4-ranked Tennessee defeated #15-ranked Georgia, 52-41, in Athens.


This is the Lady Vols' 33rd season under Head Coach Pat Summitt...She has compiled a staggering 933-179 overall record... Is just 67 wins away from a remarkable 1,000 career victories...Collected her 900th coaching win with a 80-68 decision over #19-ranked Vanderbilt on Jan. 19, 2006... She passed Dean Smith (879 wins) for most NCAA collegiate basketball wins of all-time with a 75-54 victory over Purdue on Mar. 22, 2005 ...Her 2005-06 squad advanced to the NCAA Elite 8...Finished with a 31-5 overall record and were the SEC Tournament Champions...

This season, UT returned six letterwinners, welcomed a senior manager turned player, two junior college transfers and a pair of rookies...The 2006-07 season marked the Lady Vol debut for former senior manager #10 Elizabeth Curry, JC transfers #00 Shannon Bobbitt and #33 Alberta Auguste...True freshman, #2 Cait McMahan, a 5-4 guard from Maryville, Tenn., and #34 Nicci Moats, a 6-2 forward from Daleville, Va.


In their last game before traveling to Tennessee, Georgia freshman Ashley Houts sank the winning baseline shot at the buzzer, lifting the #14-ranked Lady Bulldogs (19-4, 6-2 SEC) to a come-from-behind 53-51 win over #7-ranked LSU on Feb. 1 in Athens, Ga. Georgia led by seven with less than three minutes left, but LSU charged back to tie the game on a basket by Sylvia Fowles with seven ticks remaining. A fearless Houts then drove the length of the floor to hit the winning shot. With its fifth consecutive victory, the Lady Bulldogs moved into a tie with LSU for second place in the SEC. Tasha Humphrey scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Georgia in the defensive struggle. Georgia shot 30.5 percent from the field and LSU shot 31.5 percent. Georgia trailed most of the game before rookie Angel Robinson, playing with four fouls, scored six straight points to cap a 12-0 second-half run and give the Lady Bulldogs their first lead.


This week, the Lady Vols returned to SEC schedule normalcy and faced South Carolina at home on Feb. 1 (a 72-36 win), and now entertain #14-ranked Georgia in an ESPN2 "Rivalry Week" match-up on Mon., Feb. 5. UT then travels to Auburn on Feb. 8.


A record 21 Lady Vol regular season games are slated for national/regional television this season. Five non-televised games will be available as streaming video with voice-over from Mickey Dearstone on UT is 13-2 on TV this season.


UT is 9-2 in games played on Feb. 5. The Lady Vols are 6-1 at home, 3-1 on the road and 0-0 on neutral courts. The last time out on Feb. 5, the Lady Vols registered a 77-37 victory over Arkansas in Knoxville in 2006.


Last year at this time, the Lady Vols were 21-2 and had just defeated Arkansas, 77-37.


Tennessee will play 15 teams in 17 games and five of the nation's top 10 teams who have been ranked at some point this season in the AP and USA TODAY ESPN polls: North Carolina, Duke, UConn, Georgia, LSU, Stanford, Arizona St., Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Arkansas, UCLA, George Washington, Texas Mississippi and Middle Tennessee. All have been ranked or are currently ranked.


In all games, this is how Tennessee has shot from the field: 50%FG: Chattanooga (.579), MTSU (.565), Arizona St. (.548), UCLA (.531), ODU/UT-Martin (.509), Stanford (.500); 40%FG: Louisiana Tech (.483), GWU (.482), Alabama1 (.464), Vandy1 (.458), Alabama2 (.453), Florida (.442), West Virginia (.431), Texas (.429); 30%FG: Georgia1 (.396), Miss. St. (.395), Notre Dame (.381), USC (.379), UConn (.371), North Carolina (.362), Duke (.361)


In all games, this is how the opposition has shot from the field: 50%FG: none, 40%FG: Duke (.491), GWU (.472), Arizona St. (.469), Stanford (.456), MTSU (.453), UCLA (.451), North Carolina (.444), Vandy1 (.438), UConn (.433), Chattanooga (.431), Miss. State (.409), Notre Dame (.407), 30%FG: ODU (.396), Alabama2 (.378), Alabama1 (.369), West Virginia (.352), USC (.349), Florida (.345), Georgia1 (.319), Texas (.308); 20%FG: Louisiana Tech (.295), UT-Martin (.204)


Wins: +56 (1), +36 (2), +30 (1), +29 (2), +24 (2), +23 (2), +22 (1), +21 (2), +17 (1), + 16 (1), +15 (1), +11 (1), + 10 (1), +9 (1), +6 (1).
Losses: -13 (1), -4 (1)


The Auburn Tigers travel to a red hot Mississippi State team on Feb. 4. In their last outing, Auburn, 16-7, 3-4 SEC, recorded one of its best offensive efforts ever against Alabama on Feb. 1, when the Tigers defeated the Tide by a 32-point margin, 93-61. It was the largest margin of victory over an SEC opponent since Auburn rolled by Mississippi State by 30 on Jan. 29, 2006. Against Bama, AU's KeKe Carrier returned to the lineup after sitting out the last six games with an injury. In eight minutes of action, Carrier scored five points, grabbed two rebounds and blocked two. Whitney Boddie dished out a career best 12 assists; the most by an Auburn player since Chantel Tremitiere's 12-assist performance on Jan. 2, 1991. In addition, Boddie earned her first career double-double by adding 10 points. Four AU players scored in double figures, led by DeWanna Bonner with 18.


Georgia has turned into a juggernaut, winning five consecutive contests, since Tennessee hung a 52-41 loss on the Lady Bulldogs on Jan. 14 in Athens, Ga., in front of a sold-out crowd at Stegeman Coliseum. UGA's 41 points against Tennessee were the fewest scored by an Andy Landers' Lady Bulldog team in his 28-years on the sidelines for Georgia women's hoops. The all-time lowest scoring total for Georgia was 31 points in its inaugural season (1973-74) versus Berry College.

No comments: