Wolfpack Women to Host #9 Georgia
Dec. 15, 2001
NC State's women's basketball squad will face its fifth ranked opponent of the season with Sunday's 2 p.m. matchup with top ten Georgia. The Lady Bulldogs enter the game with a perfect 6-0 mark and with a No. 9 and No. 10 ranking in the two national polls. The #13/#16 Wolfpack (6-2) are looking for its first-ever win over Georgia and Coach Andy Landers.
Today's Matchup: This is the third straight ranked opponent for NC State this season and the fifth of the year. The Wolfpack are currently 2-2 in matchups against ranked foes. This is the second of three contests this year against SEC teams for the Pack.
The Wolfpack will be looking to regroup after losing back-to-back games. Georgia hopes to extend its winning streak and keep its perfect mark unblemished.
Georgia enters today's game averaging 74.3 points a game but will face a stingy Wolfpack defense that is allowing opponents only 58.4 per outing. Look for a battle in the paint as Bulldog center Christi Thomas is averaging a double-double with 10.8 points and 10.2 rebounds while freshman center Kara Braxton is leading Georgia with 16 points per game. NC State's Carisse Moody is posting averages of 14.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in the paint.
The Opponent: Georgia enters today's game with a perfect 6-0 mark and top 10 national ranking. This will be the Bulldogs first test of the season against a ranked opponent. A member of the SEC, Georgia is coached by Andy Landers.
The Bulldogs lost four starters from last year's 27-6 squad to the 2001 WNBA draft. The lone returning starter to the 2001-02 lineup is senior forward Tawana McDonald who is averaging 10.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for Georgia. Like NC State, Georgia is a young team that have freshmen and sophomores playing a lot of minutes.
Series History: These two programs have met six times previously and Georgia has won all six matchups. The Wolfpack are 0-2 against the Bulldogs in Reynolds Coliseum. The last time these teams played was on March 23, 1995 in the Midwest Regional in Des Moines, Iowa. Georgia won that postseason clash 98-78.