South Carolina faces the “Dawgs” again today as the 18/17th-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs visit the Colonial Center. On Thursday night, USC lost on the road to the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 72-62, in the Humphrey Coliseum.
South Carolina enters the game with a 10-14 mark and is 1-10 in the conference. The Gamecock scoring attack is led by its starting lineup with three of the five players contributing double figures. Kelly Morrone leads the way with 12.8 points per contest while Cristina Cicoan is second at 12.7. Iva Sliskovic is third with a per-game-points average of 11.0 and the freshman also leads the team on the backboards with 6.9 boards per game. The other two USC starters are within tenths-of-a-point of the double-figure window as Olga Gritsaeva is contributing 9.6 points per contest with Lauren Simms fifth on the team in scoring at 9.5. After becoming South Carolina’s career assists leader on January 28th, Cristina Ciocan is now 12th in the all-time SEC records with 609 distributions. She only needs 13 more points to reach the 1,000-point plateau while Kelly Morrone is 43 points shy of the 1,000 mark.
Georgia is 17-7 and 6-5 in the conference with an 18th-ranking in the Associated Press Poll and a no. 17 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Bulldogs enjoyed thier Thursday night SEC break after defeating Ole Miss on Sunday, 79-62.
The Bulldog scoring is led by four players in double figures. Kara Braxton’s 13.7 points and Christi Thomas’ 12.8 per game averages led the way with Sherill Baker third at 11.2 and Janese Hardrick fourth with 10.4 ppg. Braxton and Thomas also pace the team’s rebounding efforts with 8.0 boards per contest.
On Friday, February 20th, Georgia announced that Braxton had been dismissed from the team for for violating team rules.
Georgia enters this weekend’s matchup sporting a 21-4 edge in its all-time series with South Carolina, including a 9-2 advantage in games played in Columbia. The two teams have split their last four meetings, with South Carolina sweeping home-and-home matchups during the 2001-02 season and Georgia returning the favor a year ago.