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Lady Dogs open SEC schedule in Stegeman
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Lady Dogs open SEC schedule in Stegeman

Lady Dogs open SEC schedule in Stegeman

Lady Dogs open SEC schedule in Stegeman

Game Information 

Georgia (9-4) vs. LSU (9-3)

Thursday, Jan. 3 | 7 p.m. ET| Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)

TV: SEC Network + (Matt Stewart and Christy Thomaskutty)

Radio: Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network - 960 AM in Athens (Jeff Dantzler)

Live Stats: GeorgiaDogs.com

 

Game Notes (Click Here) || Watch Thursday’s Game

 

Opening Tip 

Lady Bulldogs Tip Off SEC Slate

» Georgia opens Southeastern Conference play this Thursday against the LSU Tigers inside Stegeman Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET with Matt Stewart and Christy Thomaskutty calling the action on SEC Network +. 

 

Pair of Streaks to Watch

» Georgia has lost five-straight Southeastern Conference openers, with the last win coming against Missouri, 77-46, to begin the 2012-13 conference slate. During the current five-game span, four of those losses have come on the road. 

 

On another note, the Lady Bulldogs are currently 8-0 at home this season. The last loss inside Stegeman Coliseum came against Duke in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. 

 

Defense the Difference Again

» The Lady Bulldogs enter Thursday’s game sitting atop the SEC in several defensive categories. Georgia paces the conference in blocked shots with 7.1 per game and is ranked first nationally with 92 total blocks as a team. Georgia holds opponents to just 32.5 percent shooting from the field -- an average that ranks first in the conference and ninth nationally. 

 

Cole Among Nation’s Leaders in Assists

» Redshirt-junior point guard Taja Cole enters the LSU contest following a near triple-double performance of 17 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds against Presbyterian. Cole leads the SEC in assists (7th nationally) with 6.7 per game and has totaled five or more assists in 11 of 13 matchups this year. Her 87 total dimes are 17 more than the next closest SEC player (Mimi Reid of Ole Miss - 70). 

 

Scouting LSU 

» LSU boasts a 9-3 overall record. The Tigers, who are led by head coach Nikki Fargas, grabbed their last win on Dec. 30 with an impressive 78-49 victory over previously ranked USF. LSU finished last year with a 19-10 record overall and 11-5 mark in SEC play. The Tigers also had an impressive record at home, going 7-1 in the 2017-18 season. LSU’s leading scorer this season is Ayana Mitchell, who is averaging 14.0 points per game to go along with a team-leading 9.8 rebounds per contest. 

 

Series History vs. LSU

» Georgia holds a 25-21 all-time series record against LSU, with the Lady Bulldogs’ last game against the Tigers ending in a 71-60 loss in Baton Rouge. In its last home contest against LSU, Georgia defeated the Tigers, 70-65, in 2017. The Lady Bulldogs are 14-6 at home against LSU, while the Tigers hold an 11-7 series record in Baton Rouge. 

 

Georgia Notebook

LSU Connections - Graham, Taylor Have Tiger Ties

» A pair of Lady Bulldogs have connections to LSU. Head coach Joni Taylor was an assistant coach for the Tigers under Hall of Famer Van Chancellor during the 2010-11 season. On that team was current Georgia Director of Women’s basketball Administration Katherine Graham. Graham was a four-year letterwinner and a three-year starter at LSU from 2007-11. She was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team and is one of only two players in LSU history to record a triple-double. 

 

Not All About Defense - Lady Bulldogs Shooting Well As of Late 

» Georgia comes into Thursday’s game following its best shooting performance of the season last Friday against Presbyterian. The Lady Bulldogs hit a season-best 55 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range. It marked the second time in three games the Lady Bulldogs have hit over 50 percent of their shots after knocking in 53 percent against Lipscomb on Dec. 19. 

 

Block Party for Staiti and Robinson

» Redshirt-sophomore Jenna Staiti and senior Caliya Robinson have formed a sizable inside advantage for the Lady Bulldogs. The two have been the catalysts for a Georgia team that ranks first nationally in blocked shots with 92. Robinson is the SEC’s active career blocks leader with 245 in her three and a half seasons, while Staiti ranks second in the league this year with 29 total blocks. 

 

Georgia Continues Unselfish Play

» The Lady Bulldogs are currently second in the SEC in both total assists (219) and assists per game (16.8) as a team.

 

During head coach Joni Taylor’s now four-year tenure, Georgia has finished no worse than third when it comes to assists. In 2015-16, Georgia led the league in dimes, before finishing second in 2016-17 and third in 2017-18. 

 

Young Pups

» With eight underclassmen and just four upperclassmen, the Lady Bulldogs are the youngest team in the Southeastern Conference. Six of Georgia’s freshmen and sophomores (minus Malury Bates and Que Morrison due to injury) are seeing valuable playing time and are each averaging right at or more than 10 minutes per game. 

 

First Starts for Numerous Lady Bulldogs

» Georgia has used six players that had never started a game prior to this season in this year’s starting lineup rotation. Among those is sophomore guard Gabby Connally, who has started each of Georgia’s 13 games. The Lady Bulldogs’ three freshmen have all started at least one game this year, with Donnetta Johnson receiving the nod in the last two contests.

 

Connally’s Best Stretch

» For the first time in her career, sophomore guard Gabby Connally scored in double figures in five-straight games, including two 20-point efforts from Dec. 2-21. Connally averaged 15.8 points per game over that five-game span. 

 

Georgia Has Led in All Four Losses

» In each of Georgia’s four losses this season, the Lady Bulldogs have led in the game. Against UCLA, Georgia built a 12-point advantage and led for over 30 minutes. Against Tech, the Lady Bulldogs led by five points, while they erased a 15-point deficit against Maryland to build a two-point advantage late in the second half. Against Villanova the Lady Bulldogs led by seven in the first quarter. In four losses, Georgia was outscored in the fourth quarter, 74-56. 

 

Lady Bulldogs Add Top Prospects in 2019 Signing Class

» The initial signing period was a good one for the Lady Bulldogs as Georgia signed three players who are among some of the best in the nation. Currently, the Lady Bulldogs’ 2019 class ranks 14th overall by ESPNW. 

 

Mitchellville, Maryland native and five-star guard Chloe Chapman was the first to ink with Georgia. Chapman is the No. 28 overall recruit and No. 7 point guard according to ESPNW. Later in the week, Georgia announced the signing of five-star forward Javyn Nicholson from Lawrenceville, Georgia. Nicholson is ranked No. 6 among the country’s top power forwards. Another Georgia native, Jordan Isaacs from Alpharetta, rounds out Georgia’s class. She is a five-star player according to Prospects Nation and No. 14 overall forward according to ESPNW

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Local News

  • Goodwill of North Georgia and the Georgia Square Mall partner for a jobs fair that takes place today: it gets underway at 10 o’clock this morning and lasts til 1 o’clock this afternoon at the Mall on Atlanta Highway in Athens.  From Facebook… Join us Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for our Summer Job Fair at the Georgia Square Mall to meet with local hiring employers.Employers in attendance:UPS Baker and Taylor – Commerce GeorgiaBenson’s Hospitality Group ResCare Home Care Work Transport Kelly Services Prologistix ( Caterpillar Bogart GA)Resources:Amerigroup Pre-register for this event by visiting the Goodwill's East Athens Career Center located at 4070 Lexington Rd Athens, GA, 30605. If Auxiliary Services are required please notify Goodwill of North Georgia before the event.The job fair will be held upstairs next to the Payless store.
  • Tadpoles can be used to measure the amount of radiocesium, a radioactive material, in aquatic environments, according to new research from University of Georgia scientists. Whether from nuclear accidents, global fallout from weapons testing, or production of nuclear energy, tadpoles could be used to determine the extent and severity of radioactive contamination. James C. Leaphart, lead investigator on the 32-day study, evaluated the rate at which the environmental pollutant radiocesium, a byproduct of nuclear production, accumulated through time in bullfrog tadpoles. Taken from an uncontaminated wetland, the tadpoles were placed in various locations in a canal on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site, a former nuclear production facility. The canal received releases of radiocesium from a nearby reactor from 1954 to 1964. “Due to the rapid accumulation of radiocesium in these tadpoles, how much they accumulated and their inability to leave aquatic systems before metamorphosis, these tadpoles are excellent indicators of the bioavailability and distribution of radiocesium in the system,” said Leaphart, graduate student at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. According to the study results, published in the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, bullfrog tadpoles reached what the researchers describe as maximum threshold, or the point at which their uptake of the contaminant stopped, between 11 and 14 days. This accumulation rate was significantly faster than rates recorded for waterfowl and fish, species previously studied for uptake of the contaminant, according to Leaphart. Rates in these species varied significantly, with a range of 17 to 175 days. James Beasley, Leaphart’s adviser and associate professor at SREL and Warnell, said how quickly a species reaches the threshold level of accumulation is vital in determining its use as a biomonitor of the contaminant. “If it takes a long time to achieve the threshold level, factors like animal movement and changes in diet can play a role in influencing the results,” he said. Tadpoles are more likely to reflect local contamination levels, according to Beasley. That’s because factors like movement and changes in food availability will not have as much of an impact on an individual’s exposure compared to species that may take several weeks or months to achieve maximum levels. “Isolation is key,” Leaphart said. “Tadpoles spend the first portion of their lives in aquatic systems—canals, wetlands and ponds—foraging on plants, algae, insect larvae and sediments where radiocesium has a tendency to bind.” Understanding radiocesium accumulation patterns in amphibians is important, the researchers said, because they have the potential to transfer contaminants within food webs as well as disperse aquatic contaminants into terrestrial ecosystems following metamorphosis. Additional authors on this research include Kaitlin C. Wilms and A. Lawrence Bryan of the University of Georgia Savannah River Ecology Laboratory.
  • The University of Georgia says rock blasting is scheduled for this afternoon: it is part of the ongoing construction of the University’s new STEM Research building. UGA says the blasting is expected around 5:30, with the stretch of East Campus Road between Cedar and East Green Streets closed while the explosions take place.   The City Council in Statham meets for another budget work session: the Council says it will be late in finalizing this year’s Statham budget, meeting next week’s July 1 start of the new fiscal year. The earliest possible budget adoption date is now July 5. The Statham Council is looking at a $1.5 million city operating budget.  Crews worked through the day Tuesday, trying to bring the Hart County 911 dispatch center back on-line: the facility in Hartwell was hit by lightning Monday. Hart County’s emergency calls were then dispatched through Elbert County.  The water line maintenance work that started earlier this week is expected to wrap up later today in Gainesville: water pressure and water color along upwards of a dozen streets in Gainesville has been impacted since the work began Monday.  OSHA levies fines against a company in Gwinnett County: Woodgrain Millworks in Lawrenceville is looking at more than $125,000 in sanctions for allegedly exposing its workers to hazardous chemicals.    The US Justice Department is now involved in the FAA's subpoena of Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. The FAA called for records in its investigation of the airport's finances and possible misuse of airport money.  
  • A local 4-H camp that was closed in a public health scare is now open again. Channel 2 investigative reporter Aaron Diamant learned that campers at Rock Eagle in Putnam County tested positive for norovirus.  “We’re confident that the cleaning definitely made sure that the environment was safe for returning campers,” said Michael Hokanson with the Georgia Department of Public Health. “They did a 100% job…completely cooperative with us.” Last week, more than 50 campers caught a stomach bug that caused vomiting, diarrhea and nausea. “We’re doing a deep cleaning today with a deep disinfect. We sent all our summer camp counselors home to allow them to rest and also give our staff the best opportunity to clean the place,” State 4H Leader Arch Smith told Channel 2 Action News last week.  State health officials now confirm lab tests from some of the sickened campers came back positive for norovirus.  “It can be serious in the sense that like all gastrointestinal illnesses, if you’re not replacing the fluids that you use through vomiting, through diarrhea, you can get dehydrated and that can be a very serious situation,” Hokanson said. The agency is now urging anyone who visited Rock Eagle last week to fill out an online survey, even if they didn’t get sick, to help the state identify the source. “As long as people answer the survey questions, we’ll be able to see if there was something connected to the camp that caused it, because with norovirus it’s always hard to pinpoint a 100% certain cause, where the initial spread happened,” Hokanson said. Hokanson told Diamant that state inspectors tested the camp’s kitchens and pools Monday, and all came back clean. “As far as we’re concerned, the camp is 100% safe for people to return,' Hokanson said.
  • Clarke County Sheriff Ira Edwards has been elected and installed as the Secretary of National Sheriff’s Association: it happened during the Association’s annual conference in Kentucky.  From the Clarke Co Sheriff’s Office… We are pleased to announce Sheriff Ira Edwards, Jr. was elected and sworn in as Secretary at the National Sheriffs’ Association Annual Conference on June 18, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky.   Chartered in 1940, the National Sheriffs' Association is a professional association dedicated to serving the Office of Sheriff and its affiliates through law enforcement education and training, and through the provision of general law enforcement informational resources. NSA represents thousands of sheriffs, deputies and other law enforcement, public safety professionals, and concerned citizens nationwide.   Through the years, NSA has provided programs for Sheriffs, their deputies, chiefs of police, and others in the field of criminal justice to perform their jobs in the best possible manner and to better serve the people of their cities, counties or jurisdictions.   Sheriff Edwards continues to make his community proud as he represents Clarke County on a local, state, and national level.

Bulldog News

  • RUTLEDGE Georgia football senior captain J.R. Reed said he comes to Camp Sunshine each year knowing what to expect. 'It's really a blast,' said Reed, the only UGA player made available to the media at the two-hour-plus event. 'It puts a smile on my face to know I'm inspiring these kids, and they inspire me.' Mo Thrash, a camp founder and organizer the past 37 years, says there's also an unpredictable element each time the Bulldogs come out to visit the young cancer-stricken patients. While Reed practically glows with happiness, Thrash's trained eye notes each player reacts differently to the young cancer-stricken patients that the camp serves. The players take part in dodge ball games and shoot baskets, in addition to performing arts and crafts with the campers. 'You never know what you'll see, because everyone is touched differently, and it's amazing to see the interaction each time the guys come out,' Thrash said during the Bulldogs' 2 1/2-hour team visit on Wednesday. 'Whether it's a little boy or a little girl, a relative, or someone they know in a group, all of these boys have been touched by cancer somewhere in their lives.' Some more direct than others. Georgia football incoming freshman tight end Ryland Goede made a personal visit at the camp on Wednesday to his young cousin, who has Down syndrome. 'That was special right there,' Thrash said. 'Then you had Otis Reese and his interactions, and he was almost in tears. You could see what it meant to him.' No doubt, the emotions can run high at Camp Sunshine. Several players noted last week how they saw a softer, more emotional side of Coach Kirby Smart as the former All-SEC safety and program leader shared how his family dealt with cancer together. RELATED: Camp Sunshine a Smart place for cancer patients to find happiness Quarterback Jake Fromm explained last week how it's a special opportunity to have the sort of influence that can lift others. ' As soon as you put on the jersey, it's a different world, it's a different power,' Fromm said. 'I'm thankful to be on this stage and get to spend some time with some awesome people and hopefully make their day.' RELATED: Georgia stars Jake Fromm, D'Andre Swift provide rays of joy Freshman running back Kenny McIntosh has yet to get is first carry for the Bulldogs, but he scored big in the campers eyes, according to Thrash. 'Look at that, they have to run him out of here,' Thrash said, noting that McIntosh was signing autographs and posing for pictures with campers who appeared to be naturally drawn to him. 'Then earlier, Kenny had his hat and he was asking the campers for their autographs, too!' RELATED: Photo gallery from Georgia football first visit to Camp Sunshine Reed said he, too, has a hard time when it's time to load back on the bus. 'I wish the trip was a lot longer than a couple hours,' Reed said. 'It's something I always look forward to. 'When you come often, you connect with the kids, and you see them grow, and they see you grow.' And Thrash takes it all in, the same Georgia football program he's known since Vince and Barbara Dooley were on the original board. It's a different scene each time, Thrash said, but always rewarding. Georgia football captain J.R. Reed The post VIDEO: Camp Sunshine hits Georgia players in wonderfully different ways appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Former Georgia football receiver Jeremiah 'J.J.' Holloman has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal after being dismissed from the Bulldogs team last Friday. Holloman was set to be the go-to target on a Georgia team expected to compete for the SEC championship this season before a police report surfaced in which he allegedly admitted to striking an ex-girlfriend following the 2018 UGA G-Day game. The victim did not file a report of the incident that allegedly occurred on April 22, 2018, with the University of Georgia Police Department until June 2, 2019. The police report states that the victim 'did not want to pursue an investigation for this incident' and 'wouldn't want him to be subject to criminal charges.' Due to that, the police report lists the case as 'inactive.' Georgia coach Kirby Smart issued a statement after the police report surfaced in the media, first in Holloman's hometown paper, the Covington News. 'We expect every member of our team to uphold the highest standards and values of the University of Georgia and Georgia football,' Smart said. 'It is disappointing when this does not happen.' RELATED: Georgia title hopes take hit, transfers must step up The Bulldogs lost three receivers to the NFL Draft along with their top receiving tight end from the 2018 season. Holloman's dismissal leaves Georgia without its top five pass catchers from last season. Georgia will likely lean heaviest on incoming Miami graduate transfer Lawrence Cager, along with 2018 transfer Demetris Robertson and returning senior Tyler Simmons at the start of fall camp. UGA also added Tennessee graduate transfer tight end Eli Wolf. The Bulldogs also lost three players to transfers during this offseason. Backup freshman quarterback Justin Fields elected to transfer to Ohio State, freshman tight end Luke Ford chose to transfer back to his home state of Illinois, and reserve linebacker Jaden Hunter transferred to Western Kentucky. Fields was granted immediate eligibility with the Buckeyes, but Ford's request for a waiver to play immediately has been denied. Ford had high-profile attorney Tom Mars helping him make his case, leaving some surprised by the result. Mars helped paved the way for Fields' successful bid to gain immediate eligibility. Hunter played in only four games last season, which constitutes a redshirt under new NCAA rules. Former Georgia defensive back Deangelo Gibbs was suspended indefinitely when he transferred to the University of Tennessee, where he will be eligible to play this season. Former UGA reserve safety Tray Bishop, once a 4-star U.S. Army All-American recruit from Dawson, Ga, is also in the transfer portal. Bishop took part in the 2018 G-Day Game before being arrested in May of 2018 as a result of a 2017 incident. He did not appear in any games for Georgia. The post Former Georgia WR Jeremiah J.J.' Holloman enters NCAA transfer portal, his case inactive appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia basketball freshman Anthony 'Antman' Edwards has yet to play a second in a college game, but already, he's a legend in the making. RELATED: High-flying Antman' dazzles in McDonald's All-American Game Edwards, who's expected to start for Coach Tom Crean's Bulldogs this season, is being projected as the No. 1 overall pick by Bleacher Report in its 'Way-Too-Soon 2020 NBA Lottery Mock Draft.' 'He's a scoring 2-guard with secondary playmaking ability in the mold of Victor Oladipo,' writes Jonathan Wasserman, comparing the UGA freshman to the top-five NBA pick Crean developed at Indiana. 'Edwards has developed into a ball-screen weapon who can also create his own shot with drives, pull-ups and step-backs.' Edwards recently sat down with the WSB Bulldogs Game Day show and made it clear his mindset is to make it about 'team' at Georgia. 'I came to Georgia where we're a team, we were all highly recruited,' said Edwards, a consensus top-five national recruit out of Atlanta's Holy Spirit Prepatory School. 'We're in this together, no one is separate, and I love all my guys,' he said. 'We're all gelling together, getting to know each other, spending time with each other, building our chemistry and trying to get better as a team.' How's life at @UGABasketball with all the new recruits now in Athens? Here's Ant Man, Anthony Edwards! Go Dawgs! More on the Dawgs Saturdays at 10am on @WSBbulldogs on @wsbtv. pic.twitter.com/Gx2fUcZ4Ek Bulldogs Game Day (@WSBbulldogs) June 25, 2019 Some of that time together has been spent on the football field for conditioning, pushing sleds. DAWG SLEDS pic.twitter.com/SscBZ1PPCL Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) June 25, 2019 'We're gonna really kick the training up this offseason after this mandatory seven-day break,' Crean said after last season. 'This is not going to be business as usual.' The post WATCH: Georgia basketball's Anthony Antman' Edwards already projected No. 1 in NBA draft appeared first on DawgNation.
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  • ATHENS It has been said that perception can overtake reality, and while in some instances that's true, it doesn't apply to SEC football. So while it's always a fun read to pick up the preseason magazines, people do so knowing the season will bear out where teams really stand, and how good players and position groups really are. That said, it's worth reviewing how Nashville-based Athlon Magazine editors Steven Lassan and Mitch Light view Georgia, from their preseason rank, to how they think the Bulldogs' position groups stack up. Georgia is the magazine's preseason No. 3 team, and Athlon is predicting the Bulldogs run the table in the regular season before losing to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. That seems to be the most common narrative across the country: Until the Bulldogs finish the job and beat the Crimson Tide, people won't be convinced. RELATED: Tebow says Kirby ahead of schedule, but needs to beat Bama Never mind that Georgia has led or been tied with the Tide118 minutes and 54 seconds of 120 minutes and 281 of 290 plays of the past two meetings in the CFP title game and SEC title game. Here's where Athlon has the Georgia position groups ranked among the top five, and a quick take on whether it's too high, or too low: Running backs 1. Alabama; 2. Georgia; 3. Florida; 4. Vanderbilt; 5. Auburn About right. If the UGA backfield stays healthy QB Jake Fromm and D'Andre Swift the Bulldogs will beat Alabama in the SEC Championship Game and can claim the best RB unit. Wide receivers 1. Alabama; 2. Florida; 3. Texas A&M; 4. LSU; 5. Missouri Too low. The rankings go seven deep, and Georgia is among those seven. It's understandable, but considering how transfers Lawrence Cager and Demetris Robertson project, UGA should be top 5. Offensive line 1. Georgia; 2. Alabama; 3. Missouri; 4. Auburn; 5. LSU. Spot on. Georgia has six offensive linemen returning with starting experience, including three former FWAA Freshman All-Americans. Four of the five projected starters are likely top 100 NFL Draft picks in 2020. Defensive line 1. Auburn, 2. Alabama; 3. Florida; 4. Texas A&M; 5. LSU; 6. Georgia About right. Sophomore Jordan Davis ranks is a rising star, but this is UGA's weakest group, and that's alarming considering there are five seniors in the rotation. Linebackers 1. Alabama; 2. Georgia; 3. LSU; 4. Mississippi State; 5. Florida Too high. Tae Crowder leads unsettled group. Can Monty Rice stay healthy? Sort out: Azeez Ojulari, Nolan Smith, Brenton Cox, Jermaine Johnson, Adam Anderson, Walter Grant, Nakobe Dean, Channing Tindall, Robert Beal Jr., Quay Walker and Nate McBride. Defensive backs 1. LSU, 2. Florida, 3. Alabama, 4. Georgia, 5. Auburn. Too low. Richard LeCounte and J.R. Reed are the best safety duo in the league, and Eric Stokes and Tyson Campbell rank among the league's best cornerbacks. There's quality depth, as well, with Otis Reese, Divaad Wilson, and Tyrique McGhee pushing, and newcomers DJ Daniel and Tyrique Stevenson impressing. The post Georgia football position groups SEC ranking with Athlon, too high or too low appeared first on DawgNation.