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 ‚Äî 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 ‚Äì 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‚Äôs played in, leads Georgia in scoring with 15.8 points a night. ‚Ä¶ Khaalidah Miller, Krista Donald and Erika Ford have started all nine games for the Lady Bulldogs. ‚Ä¶ Georgia has outscored its opponents by an average of 17.2 points per game. ‚Ä¶ With a victory today, the Lady Bulldogs would equal the 1985-86 Southeastern Conference championship team for eighth-best start in program history. ‚Ä¶ 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. ‚Ä¶ Nitra Perry is in her second season as coach of the Owls and has compiled a record of 8-31. ‚Ä¶ Kennesaw State was 7-24 overall and 3-15 in the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2012-13. ‚Ä¶ Kennesaw State had only one returning starter in Kristina Wells and has eight freshmen on its roster. ‚Ä¶ After today‚Äôs 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.