Closer look: Undefeated Lady Dogs to play at Rutgers


Closer look: Undefeated Lady Dogs to play 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 ‚Äì both hall of famers — have coached for 77 years and have won 1,825 games. ‚Ķ This is the Lady Bulldogs‚Äô first extended road trip of the season after eight home games, two games in Atlanta and one game in Nashville. ‚Ķ Tiaria Griffin received her second start of the season against Lipscomb on Tuesday and recorded 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists. ‚Ķ In her last three games, Georgia‚Äôs Merritt Hempe has scored 13, 18 and 15 points. ‚Ķ Khaalida Miller and Shacobia Barbee both average 30 minutes per game. ‚Ķ In Rutgers‚Äô victory over Sacred Heart, four players scored in double figures ‚Äì Kahlea Cooper (17 points), Rachel Hollivay (15), Betnija Laney (11) and Tyler Scaife (11). ‚Ķ 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. ‚Ķ Sophomore guard Precious Person signed with Rutgers out of Drew High School in Riverdale. ‚Ķ The Scarlett Knights did not make the NCAA tournament last year for the first time in a decade.

— Chris Starrs