It’s been a solid season for the Lady Bulldogs on the basketball court with an overall record of 18-11 and 9-7.
That said, Georgia’s best chance of earning an berth in the NCAA tournament will be to make a run and likely win the SEC tourney, which begins Thursday in Greenville, SC.
The Lady Dawgs, seeded seventh, play tenth seed Arkansas in the first round on Thursday at 6 pm. The result of a lower seed for Georgia, however, means that a win on Thursday sets up matchup with second seed South Carolina.
If Georgia pulls the upset, it’ll be on to the semifinals against likely opponents Auburn or Texas A&M.
For the Lady Bulldogs to go on a run and claim the tournament title, it’ll have to involve revenge.
If there’s a story to this season for Georgia, it’s been this - a solid ballclub that’s fallen short against higher caliber opponents. In addition to non-conference setbacks to UCLA and Maryland both projected to be in the NCAA field, SEC losses to Mizzou, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Auburn and most recently in Sunday’s wild season finale, Kentucky have put a serious dent in postseason hopes.
Georgia, however, can atone for those disappointments and get over the hump this week in Greenville.
Caliya Robinson will need to do for Georgia what’s she’s done most of this season - post big numbers both with the ball and on the boards. Her 14.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in addition to the scoring punch of Gabby Connally (12.6 points per game) and Taja Cole (10.7).