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Tuesday February 6, 2007

It’s not just the men struggling with offense.

In four games this year with Tennessee and LSU – their competition for the top of the SEC standings – Georgia has averaged around 52 points per game. In the first three of those games, they at least played defense effectively enough to remain competitive and even beat LSU once. It looked in the first half last night as if that would be the story again. In the second half, even the defense was missing. Tennessee got the ball inside to Candace Parker, and she either made the move to the basket or kicked the ball outside to the open look. Tennessee won 73-57.

The story of the game was possessions. Georgia attempted just 50 shots. Because of turnovers and steals, Tennessee attempted 61. Neither team shot well, but you’d have to really fill up the basket to score many points with just 50 field goal attempts. “The turnovers were too many for us to be in any better shape than we were score-wise,” said coach Andy Landers. Many of those turnovers were Tennessee steals, resulting in some easy transition opportunities for the Lady Vols.

When they could get shots off, Georgia had a problem with what once had been a strength. Much like the men, the Lady Dogs are suffering through problems from outside. Cori Chambers, Georgia’s three-point leader for a season and a career, has dropped off the face of the earth. Since becoming Georgia’s career three-point leader with a 6-for-12 performance at Mississippi State on January 11, Chambers has shot just 5-for-37 from outside (13.5%). She’s not alone though. Georgia didn’t hit their first three-pointer until the final ten minutes of the game last night, and only made two as a team in the game.

As bad as things got last night, and they got pretty bad, Georgia is still in decent position to finish second in the SEC if they can manage to win out. That’s not easy in this conference, but they are finished with their top four opponents: Tennessee, LSU, Vanderbilt, and Ole Miss. Ole Miss and LSU must still play Tennessee. Though Georgia is all but eliminated from the conference title picture now, they are still playing well enough to finish with a high seed in the SEC and NCAA tournaments. If they are to make much of a run in either, that outside shooting is going to have to come around to balance the work that Humphrey and Robinson are doing inside.

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