ILLINOIS AT NO. 19 GEORGIA
WHEN/WHERE: 4 p.m. today/Stegeman Coliseum.
TV/RADIO: CSS/The Ref 960-AM/103.7-FM (Gainesville)
RECORDS: Illinois is 7-5. Georgia is 11-1.
PROBABLE STARTERS: Illinois ‚Äî F Jaqui Grant (Fr., 6-3, 13.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg); F Amber Moore (Sr., 5-11, 19.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg); G Sarah Hartwell (RSo., 5-10, 10.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg); G Ivory Crawford (Jr., 5-10, 12.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg); G Alexis Smith (Sr., 5-9, 8.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg); Georgia ‚Äî G Shacobia Barbee (So., 5-10, 10.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg); F Merritt Hempe (So., 6-2, 7.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg); G/F Krista Donald (Jr., 5-11, 8.6 ppg., 6.6 rpg); G Erika Ford (Jr., 5-9, 10.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg); G Marjorie Butler (So., 5-8, 3.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg).
SERIES: Georgia and Illinois first played in 1986 (a 103-64 Lady Bulldogs victory) and the series is tied at 2-2.
LAST MEETING: The Illini defeated the Lady Bulldogs 70-59 on Dec. 28, 2012 in Champaign.
SEASON AT A GLANCE: Illinois defeated Tennessee-Martin 77-62 last Saturday to remain undefeated at 6-0 at home. Georgia lost its first game of the season ‚Äì 61-58 ‚Äì last Saturday at Rutgers.
NOTEWORTHY: Today represents Georgia‚Äôs last non-conference game; the Lady Bulldogs will begin Southeastern Conference play on Jan. 2 at Vanderbilt and will host No. 5 Tennessee on Jan. 5. ‚Ä¶ SEC teams ranked in the top 25 this week by the Associated Press include Tennessee (No. 5), Kentucky (No. 6), South Carolina (No. 13), LSU (No. 16) and Georgia (No. 19). ‚Ä¶ Erika Ford is the only Georgia player who has started in all 12 games. ‚Ä¶ Marjorie Butler started in place of Khaalidah Miller in Georgia‚Äôs at Rugters; Butler played 13 minutes and had two points and two rebounds, while Miller came off the bench to play 35 minutes with 11 points and two rebounds. ‚Ä¶ Against Rutgers, Shocobia Barbee led Georgia with 18 points and Krista Donald led the Lady Bulldogs with 11 rebounds. ‚Ä¶ From Nov. 1-Nov. 21, the Illini won four consecutive games. ‚Ä¶ Against Tennessee-Martin, Amber Moore scored 26 points in 38 minutes of play. ‚Ä¶ Illinois has already visited the Peach State this month, losing 93-69 at Georgia Tech on Dec. 4. ‚Ä¶ The Illini will begin Big 10 conference play on Jan. 3 against Wisconsin. ‚Ä¶ Batt Bollant is in his second year as Illinois coach and has a 26-19 record. ‚Ä¶ The Illini went 19-14 overall and 9-7 in the Big 10 in 2012-13.
‚Äî Chris Starrs