Monday, January 4, 2010

Lady Dawgs - Ninjas at work

Back in the fall, Coach Landers gave a quote about his program and complacency.  This quote, lauded at the time for its reflectiveness on the program he built, is now proving to be a shot across the bow of the SEC and nation.

The Lady Dawgs, with a gutsy 52-44 win on the road over Alabama, equaled the best start in program history at 14-0.  The knock on the Lady Dawgs the past couple of season has been the inability to overcome deficits and to put away opponents when they have them down.  They did both, rallying from a 10 point half time deficit and holding off Bama after the Dawgs took, then relinquished a second half lead.  After Bama tied the game at 37, Coach Landers' charges closed the game on a 15-7 run, only allowing 14 total points in the second half.

In the fall, Coach Landers said
"There’s three things that are important: Where you’ve been, where you’re at and where you’re going. If those three things are ever the same, you’re in trouble."
That statement, looking back at the thought that basketball wins were a matter of right at Georgia, is proving to be a guiding principle for Coach Landers' team this season.  They have wins over ranked Oklahoma, Rutgers, Georgia Tech and Virginia and are now ranked 9th in the nation. They are playing great team basketball and are working towards the goal of getting deep enough in the NCAA tourney to make noise and win it for Coach Landers.

Obviously, there is much work left to do, but after a couple of years of (understandably) lackidasical focus, it is good to see the Lady Dawgs looking to put a scare on the nation. They have done so very quietly, building an impressive resume of wins headed into the meat of the SEC schedule.

They have a fairly easy SEC schedule, only facing Tennessee (at home), Vandy (in Nashvegas), and LSU (at home) once each in the regular season.  They kick off SEC play against upstart Kentucky at home Thursday night then face Florida Sunday at home.  Tickets are free to students and staff and are only $5 for adults and $3 for children. 

Go Dawgs!

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