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Beyond the Hedges 12/6/2012: It's Lady Bulldogs Basketball

The days continue to shorten, but autumn has ended for UGA sports. The students are busy with final exams as we fans await the 2012-13 football team's final game, the Orlando date with the Cornhuskers. Winter is coming.

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The young men's basketball season, by all appearances, is not going to keep us warm this winter. But as bad as the men's team's 2-6 start looks, there are other Bulldogs bouncing the ball in Stegeman and beyond with better results. The University of Georgia women's basketball team, historically one of the most successful programs in the country, has been having its way with its fall schedule. The Lady Bulldogs improved to 10-0 with a pair of wins earlier this week and currently are ranked sixth in the AP poll and seventh in the Coaches poll.

Sunday, the Lady Bulldogs visited Georgia Tech's shiny new McCamish Pavilion, and brought home a 60-50 victory. Senior and Jackets-killer Jasmine Hassell led the Dawgs' scoring with 22 points, just two points shy of the 24 she scored in last year's win over Tech. Georgia's winning effort included 42 rebounds to Tech's 36, and defensively, UGA held the NATS to shooting 30.2% from the floor. With the win, Georgia improved to 31-4 all-time against Georgia Tech and to 11-3 when playing on the Yellow Jackets' home court.

The ladies returned to Athens and squared off against Mercer Tuesday night and trounced the Bears 80-38. Mercer was vastly overmatched, especially considering a limited squad due to injuries, and Georgia was able to spread the scoring effort around with four players pacing Dawgs with twelve points apiece: Hassell, Erika Ford, and Jasmine James. Following final exams, UGA has three more games in 2012: 12/16 against Lipscomb, 12/19 at TCU, and 12/28 @ Illinois. Conference play opens 3 January 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Athens against Mizzou.

We'll have in-depth coverage of all UGA athletics when competition gears up next year and will continue to bring you all the information you need to be ready for the Capital One Bowl and Nebraska. Be sure to check back later today for this week's Dawg Gone Podcast.