SEC on CSS: Georgia Lady Bulldogs at Alabama Lady Crimson Tide
Alabama may be flying high from winning the BCS National Championship, but the women's hoops team has not had the same run of luck. It does not help matters that the when the 10-5 (0-2 in SEC) Tide takes the floor to host the 12th ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs they face their third straight game against ranked opponents. Those ranked opponents all happen to be in the SEC. Even with an 0-2 start in the SEC, Bama has made progress from last year's 12-19 season. Meanwhile, Georgia (13-2, 1-1 SEC) comes to town off a disappointing loss to Tennessee- a game that the Lady Bulldogs lead at the half.
Coach Wendell Hudson says his team needs to play uptempo and get quicker shots in order to challenge Georgia who has dominated the series 34-9 all-time. He will look to sophomore guard Daisha Simmons who leads the team in scoring, assists, steals, and feild goal percentage. Simmons is helped in point production by guards Jasmine Ronbison and Meghan Perkins. The trio of guards are key to the pace Coach Hudson likes to play. They are third in the country in turnover ratio.
While the ladies can take pride in the ranking, Georgia holds the number one spot in the category. Georgia relies heavily on a healthy Jasmine James. The senior guard has stryggled in the past with injuries, but leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.5 points per game. Her veteran leadership, as well of that of senior foward Jasmine Hassell, is key on a team that has five freshmen contributors. Coach Andy Landers credits James with leading the team and setting the pace for the Lady Bulldogs.
Tonight's battle at Foster Auditorium should prove to be a fast paced, well played affair. Catch the action on CSS at 9:00 pm ET with Matt Stewart and former Lady Bulldog Maria Taylor on the call.