A closer look at No. 16 Georgia vs. Kennesaw State

KENNESAW STATE AT NO. 16 GEORGIA

WHEN/WHERE: 2 p.m. today /Stegeman Coliseum.

TV/RADIO: The Ref 960-AM/103.7-FM (Gainesville)

RECORDS: Kennesaw State is 1-7, Georgia is 9-0

PROBABLE STARTERS: Kennesaw State — G Bria Young (Jr., 5-7, 4.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg); G Deandrea Sawyers (Fr., 5-8, 11.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg); G Kristina Wells (Jr., 5-9, 12.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg); F Aareon Smith (Fr., 5-9, 6.6 ppg. 4.4 rpg); F Valescia Dixon (Jr., 5-10, 5.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg). Georgia – G Khaalidah Miller (Sr., 5-9, 11.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg); G Shacobia Barbee (So., 5-10, 10.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg); F Merritt Hempe (So., 6-2, 6.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg); G/F Krista Donald (Jr., 5-11, 8.9 ppg., 6.9 rpg); G Erika Ford (Jr., 5-9, 11.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg).

SERIES: This is the first time Kennesaw State and Georgia have ever played, and the Owls are the only team on the 2012-13 schedule that the Lady Dogs have never played before.

SEASON AT A GLANCE: The Owls defeated Tennessee State on Nov. 11 to go to 1-1 and have lost six consecutive games, including a 68-32 loss on Dec. 12 at Middle Tennessee State. Georgia has won nine in a row, including an 81-55 victory Thursday at Belmont.

NOTEWORTHY: Tiaria Griffin, who has started only one of the six games she’s played in, leads Georgia in scoring with 15.8 points a night. … Khaalidah Miller, Krista Donald and Erika Ford have started all nine games for the Lady Bulldogs. … Georgia has outscored its opponents by an average of 17.2 points per game. … With a victory today, the Lady Bulldogs would equal the 1985-86 Southeastern Conference championship team for eighth-best start in program history. … Against Belmont, Georgia jumped out to an 18-0 lead and won by 26 points; Griffin led the Lady Bulldogs with 20 points off the bench, and Merritt Hempe recorded a career-high 13 points. … Nitra Perry is in her second season as coach of the Owls and has compiled a record of 8-31. … Kennesaw State was 7-24 overall and 3-15 in the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2012-13. … Kennesaw State had only one returning starter in Kristina Wells and has eight freshmen on its roster. … After today’s game, The Lady Bulldogs will host Lipscomb at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and will then travel to New Jersey to face Rutgers at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21.

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