NO. 16 GEORGIA AT RUTGERS
WHEN/WHERE: 2 p.m. today/Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscataway, N.J.
RADIO: The Ref 960-AM.
RECORDS: Rutgers is 8-2. Georgia is 11-0.
PROBABLE STARTERS: Rutgers — F Kahleah Cooper (So., 6-1, 16 ppg, 7.2 rpg); F Betnijah Laney (Jr., 6-0, 11.9 ppg, 10.3 rpg); C Rachel Hollivay (So., 6-4, 11.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg); G Tyler Scaife (Fr., 5-9, 11.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg); G Briyona Canty (RSo., 5-9, 7.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg). Georgia — G Khaalidah Miller (Sr., 5-9, 11.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg); G Shacobia Barbee (So., 5-10, 11.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg); F Merritt Hempe (So., 6-2, 8.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg); G Tiaria Griffin (So., 5-7, 15.0 ppg., 3.3 rpg); G Erika Ford (Jr., 5-9, 10.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg).
SERIES: Georgia leads the series, which began in 1982, 9-3, and the Lady Bulldogs have won five of the last six meetings with the Scarlett Knights.
LAST MEETING: Georgia defeated Rutgers 57-51 last November at Stegeman Coliseum.
SEASON AT A GLANCE: With their 71-51 victory on Monday against Sacred Heart, the Scarlett Knights won for the fourth consecutive time; Rutgers has won five of its last six. Georgia just keeps rolling on, averaging 84 points a night in squashes over Lipscomb, Kennesaw State and Belmont.
NOTEWORTHY: Combined, Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer and Georgia coach Andy Landers – both hall of famers — have coached for 77 years and have won 1,825 games. … This is the Lady Bulldogs’ first extended road trip of the season after eight home games, two games in Atlanta and one game in Nashville. … Tiaria Griffin received her second start of the season against Lipscomb on Tuesday and recorded 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists. … In her last three games, Georgia’s Merritt Hempe has scored 13, 18 and 15 points. … Khaalida Miller and Shacobia Barbee both average 30 minutes per game. … In Rutgers’ victory over Sacred Heart, four players scored in double figures – Kahlea Cooper (17 points), Rachel Hollivay (15), Betnija Laney (11) and Tyler Scaife (11). … The Scarlett Knights played in the Big East last year (where they went 7-9), will play in the American Athletic Conference this year and will join the Big Ten in 2014. … Sophomore guard Precious Person signed with Rutgers out of Drew High School in Riverdale. … The Scarlett Knights did not make the NCAA tournament last year for the first time in a decade.
— Chris Starrs