2002-2003 Season Review

Final Records: 21-10 overall; 10-4 in the SEC (3rd)
Rankings (as of 4/7/03): No. 19 AP; No. 20 ESPN/USA Today

Lady Bulldogs' season ends with "Sweet 16" loss to Duke

The season is over for "The Miracle Workers."

Given that moniker by Andy Landers for its ability to overcome adversity time after time, Georgia's Lady Bulldogs dropped a tough 66-63 decision to No. 2 Duke on March 29 in the Midwest Regional at The Pit. The Lady Dogs did so without starting guard Sherill Baker, whose season ended prematurely with a shoulder injury suffered in UGA's NCAA second-round win over Rutgers.

Despite the loss, Landers had high praise for his squad. Georgia reached the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament for the 13th time in Lady Bulldog history despite a season in which six of the 10 Lady Dogs who began the campaign missed significant playing time due to a variety of circumstances.

"I feel like I'm the luckiest coach here," Landers said. "I'm so proud of these players for always coming back and making the effort they needed to make. It's a shame it's the last game because it's such an enjoyable group. I would like for them to be able to continue the improvement, but you've got to win to do that, and that's part of the learning lesson."

 

A milestone win? Ask me later

The Lady Dogs collected their 20th win of the season with an 81-60 victory over Charlotte in NCAA first-round action on March 22, marking the 19th time in Andy Landers' 22 seasons at Georgia that the Lady Dogs have won 20 or more games.

That milestone was the furthest thing from Landers' mind, though.

"That's kind of lost in what we're doing right now," Landers said. "I guess it will look good in the media guide next year, but I haven't really thought about it."

Landers' average of 24.4 wins a year in Athens ranks second among all Division I women's head coaches with 20 or more years experience.

 

Georgia finishes perfect at home

The Lady Bulldogs finished off a perfect 14-0 home record at Stegeman Coliseum during 2002-03 with a 74-64 NCAA second-round win over No. 23 Rutgers on March 24.

The 2002-03 Lady Bulldogs posted the seventh perfect home record all-time.

Previously, the Lady Dogs won every home game on their home floor in 1983-84 (15-0), 1985-86 (14-0), 1986-87 (13-0), 1990-91 (13-0) and 1995-96 (12-0).

 

Lycett completes career at UGA

Mary Beth Lycett was the Lady Dogs' only senior in 2002-03.

The path Lycett, the 1999 Miss Georgia Basketball, chose in signing with the Lady Dogs was one anyone would admire. A lifelong Georgia fan, Lycett came to Athens when UGA's backcourt featured four future WNBA players Kelly Miller, Coco Miller, Deanna "Tweety" Nolan and Kiesha Brown.

Following two seasons as an understudy, Lycett emerged as one of the Lady Dogs' most dependable players. She started 51 of 61 games during the last two seasons and her contributions increased exponentially as outline below.

M.B.'s drastic improvement

Thomas tops 1,000; moves to No. 18 among UGA's scorers

Christi Thomas became the Lady Bulldogs' 22nd 1,000-point career scorer against No. 15 Arkansas on Feb. 23. She then passed Saudia Roundtree, 1996 National Player of the Year, Pam Irwin-Osbolt, Carla Green and Cynthia Collins to move into the No. 18 spot among the Lady Dogs' career scoring leaders. She enters her senior year in Athens with 1,130 points.

 

Lady Dog Honor Roll

All-SEC
  • Christi Thomas
    Coaches (2nd team); AP (2nd team)

    All-SEC Freshman

  • Alexis Kendrick
    Coaches

    SEC Academic Honor Roll

  • Katie Frye
  • Mary Beth Lycett
  • Tina Taylor

    SEC Good Works Team

  • Christi Thomas

    SEC Player of the Week

  • Christi Thomas
    January 20, 2003

     

  • Sherill Baker
    February 10, 2003
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