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Post Lady Dogs loss puts them in uncharted waters

Friday February 20, 2009

Georgia’s women’s basketball team lost 57-46 to LSU last night. If you’ve seen the team much this season, there’s no need to go into the details of the game. It’s been the same story all year. If you thought the men struggled on offense Wednesday night (and they did), you should have stuck around.

In a little more than a week, Andy Landers will be inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame – deservedly so. It’s one of those cruel coincidences of timing that his program just lost four consecutive games in a season for the first time in his 30 years of coaching at Georgia. Without a win at Auburn or Kentucky (who just beat Tennessee) in the next week, he could head into the Hall of Fame ceremony with an unprecedented 6-game losing streak.

That this is the first time a Landers team has had to deal with a prolonged losing streak speaks to the consistency that has led him to 700+ wins and enshrinement in the Women’s Basketball and Georgia Sports Halls of Fame. But every time the Georgia starters run out on that red carpet listing the championship and Final Four seasons, it’s a reminder that the droughts between SEC championship and Final Four teams continue to grow.

It’s been that kind of year where the team just doesn’t have the pieces to take advantage of some great opportunities. The SEC has no dominant teams; even LSU and Tennessee are down. Georgia will host the NCAA Tournament opening round in a few weeks, but odds are now that they won’t be among the field for only the third time in tournament history. The future seems brighter with only one graduating senior and a solid incoming class, but it’s still going to be a long way back to the top of the SEC.

A semi-related question: after two more losses this week, will the voters have the guts to drop 18-8 Tennessee out of the Top 25?

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