Georgia (5-3) vs. Furman (4-3)
Tuesday, Dec. 4 | 7 p.m. ET | Stegeman Coliseum | Athens, Ga.
TV: SECN+ (Matt Stewart and Christy Thomaskutty)
Radio: Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network - 960 AM in Athens (Jeff Dantzler)
Live Stats: GeorgiaDogs.com
Georgia, Furman Meet for Eighth-Straight Season
» The Georgia Lady Bulldogs put the finishing touches on a three-game home stand as the squad hosts Furman on Tuesday at Stegeman Coliseum. The game will be live on SEC Network + with Matt Stewart and Christy Thomaskutty on the call.
Series History: Lady Bulldogs vs. Paladins a Yearly Tradition
» Georgia and Furman have met every year since 2011, with the Lady Bulldogs winning all seven of those games. Georgia leads the all-time series 14-0, including a 10-0 mark in Athens. The Lady Bulldogs and Paladins have only played at Furman three times, with Georgia owning a 3-0 record in those contests.
» The Paladins return eight letterwinners, including two starters, off last year’s team that went 18-14 and finished in fourth place in the Southern Conference. Le’Jzae Davidson, who started at guard most of last season, is the team’s leading scorer and the only Paladin to average in double figures with 17.7 points per game. Furman enters Tuesday’s game with a 4-3 record with wins against Coker, USC Upstate, Charleston and UNC Asheville.
Balanced Scoring Leads Georgia Past Charleston Southern
» Georgia had five players score in double figures against Charleston Southern on Sunday. Caliya Robinson recorded her second-straight double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Jenna Staiti added a career-best 11 points. Gabby Connally added her first 20-point effort of the season with 20 against the Bucs.
Robinson Leading in Last Two Games
» Senior forward Caliya Robinson has led the Lady Bulldogs in each of the past two games, averaging 24.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game during those contests. In addition to two-straight double-doubles, Robinson shot over 50 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free-throw line.
Georgia Season Notebook
» With eight underclassmen and just four upperclassmen, the Lady Bulldogs are the youngest team in the Southeastern Conference. Of the seven freshmen and sophomores who have been able to play (minus Que Morrison due to injury), all of them are averaging over 10 minutes per game during the 2018-19 season.
Filling the Void Left By Que Morrison’s Injury
» On Nov. 1, SEC All-Freshman Team selection Que Morrison had surgery to repair a lateral meniscus in her left knee. That has forced Gabby Connally to start at the two guard spot and the combination of Maya Caldwell and freshman Caitlin Hose at the three guard, with all three of those players -- Connally, Caldwell and Hose -- starting for the first times in their careers. Morrison is out for an unspecified amount of time with her recovery set to take around a month.
Georgia Has Led in All Three Losses
» In each of Georgia’s three 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 lead in the second half. Georgia was outscored in the fourth quarter, 62-41, in those losses.
Lady Bulldogs Add Top Prospects to 2019 Signing Class
» The initial signing period was a good one for the Lady Bulldogs. Mitchellville, Maryland native and five-star guard Chloe Chapman inked with Georgia on Thursday. Chapman is widely regarded as one of the top prospects in the nation as 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 and Jordan Isaacs from Alpharetta, Georgia.
Robinson Inching Closer to Blocked Shots Record; Staiti Among SEC Leaders
» Georgia’s lone senior Caliya Robinson needs just 65 more blocks to break the school record of 297 set by Tawana McDonald during her four-year career from 1998-2002. Robinson is not the only Lady Bulldog shot blocker. Jenna Staiti actually ranks third in the SEC in blocks with 18 total this season.
Cole the SEC Leader in Assists
» Redshirt-junior guard Taja Cole is off to a strong start this season as Georgia’s second-leading scorer with 11.5 points per game. Cole also leads the SEC in assists with 50 total, an average of 6.3 per contest. The Richmond, Virginia native has scored in double figures in six of eight games.
Exceeding Expectations Under Taylor
» Georgia continued its upward trend under head coach Joni Taylor last season. The Lady Bulldogs finished tied with South Carolina for second place in the final SEC standings after being picked eighth in the preseason poll. It’s a trend that goes all the way back to Taylor’s first year, when her squad was picked ninth and finished sixth. Then, in 2016-17, Georgia was picked 12th and finished eighth.
Defense Travels Year In and Year Out
» Georgia’s mantra over the last few years has been Defense Travels. The Lady Bulldogs put up impressive defensive numbers last year, finishing first in the SEC in field-goal percentage defense (35.1 percent), second in blocked shots (196), second in turnovers forced (18.6 per game) and second in scoring defense (57.6 ppg). Those defensive numbers are reflective of Coach Taylor’s first three seasons as head coach. In her tenure, Georgia is 25-0 when holding opponents to 50 points or less and has been one of the leading defensive teams in the league.
Most Wins Since 2013
» The team’s 26-7 overall record last year marked Georgia’s most wins in a single season since 2012-13. The Lady Bulldogs stormed out to a 12-1 start at the conclusion of non-conference play and then defeated three ranked SEC opponents to finish with a 12-4 league record.
Among the Lady Bulldogs’ most impressive wins was a 92-84 overtime win at Texas A&M and two victories against Missouri. The 12 wins in league play marked the most for Georgia since the team made the Elite Eight in 2012-13.
Georgia Set for Primetime
» Eleven of Georgia’s 16 SEC games are set to air nationally on either ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPNU or the SEC Network.
Among the games selected for television, ESPN will carry the Lady Bulldogs’ home contest against Tennessee on Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. Georgia will also host Alabama (Jan. 27, 2 p.m.) and Florida (Feb. 10, noon) on ESPNU and Texas A&M (Jan. 20, 4 p.m.) on ESPN2.
Georgia’s SEC Network schedule includes road matchups at Mississippi State (Jan. 10, 9 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. CT), Missouri (Jan. 17, 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT), Auburn (Feb. 3, 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT), South Carolina (Feb. 14, 7 p.m.) and Alabama (Feb. 24, 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT).
The SEC Network will also broadcast home games against Ole Miss on Monday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. and Kentucky on Sunday, March 3 at 1 p.m.