Georgia to Battle Auburn at SEC Tournament
Feb. 28, 2017

The above feature contains an interview with Head Coach Joni Taylor talking about Pachis Roberts' and Caliya Robinson's impact on the court this year and what an honor it is to receive these awards in such a strong conference.


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  • Opponent: Auburn Tigers
  • Records: Georgia (15-14, 7-9 SEC), Auburn (17-13, 7-9 SEC)
  • Rankings: Georgia NR, Auburn NR
  • Tipoff: Thursday, March 2, 2017 // noon ET
  • Location: Bon Secours Wellness Arena // Greenville, S.C.
  • TV: SEC Network (Courtney Lyle - play-by-play; Tamika Catchings - analyst; Steffi Sorensen - analyst)
  • Video Stream: WatchESPN.com
  • Radio: Georgia Bulldog Network by IMG // Jeff Dantzler (PBP) // In Athens: WRFC-AM 960 | Affiliates
  • Audio Stream: Georgiadogs.com | Mobile
  • Live Stats: Stat Tracker

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Opening Tip

  • Georgia enters the SEC Tournament having won five of its final eight conference games to earn the No. 8 seed.
  • The Lady Bulldogs finished eighth in the SEC standings after being picked 12th by league coaches and 10th by media in this year's preseason poll.
  • A big reason for Georgia's turnaround from a 2-6 start to a 5-3 finish in SEC play, has been the play of All-SEC second team member Pachis Roberts and SEC All-Defensive Team honoree Caliya Robinson. Roberts has scored in double figures in 14 of 16 SEC contests (23 of 29 games overall) while Robinson leads the SEC in blocked shots per game (2.4) and is averaging 16.5 ppg in the last eight contests.
  • Georgia is tied with Auburn for the third-most SEC Tournament titles with four (1983, 1984, 1986 and 2001). The Lady Bulldogs are 4-2 all time as the No. 8 seed, finishing as runner-up in 1993 as the eighth-seeded team.
  • This is the second time this season Georgia and Auburn have faced each other. The Lady Bulldogs took the first meeting, 57-51, at Auburn thanks to 13 points from Caliya Robinson and 12 from Mackenzie Engram.
  • Georgia and Auburn have split the last 10 meetings, 5-5, with the Lady Bulldogs owning a 28-18 series advantage. Georgia is 2-3 all time against the Tigers in SEC Tourney. The winner of Thursday's contest takes on No. 1 seed South Carolina at noon ET on Friday in the quarterfinals.

Series Information

Overall: Georgia leads, 28-18
In Athens: Georgia leads, 17-5
In Auburn: Tied, 10-10
Neutral Sites: Auburn leads, 3-1
Current Streak: Split last 10 games, 5-5
Last Meeting: Georgia 57, Auburn 51 (2/12/17)
SEC Tournament: Auburn leads, 3-2

Scouting Auburn

Auburn is one of the top defensive teams in the SEC, leading the the league in turnover margin, while ranking second in steals this season. The Tigers are a press team defensively and are led by Katie Frerking's 16.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. Auburn is coached by former Georgia assistant coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. Her team has won two-straight heading into the postseason.

Georgia SEC Tournament History

» Georgia is making its 38th appearance in the SEC Tournament and has won the title four times -- 1983, 1984, 1986 and 2001.

» The Lady Bulldogs are 46-33 (.589) all-time in the SEC Tourney.

» Georgia and Auburn have each won four titles. That total is tied for third behind Tennessee (17) and Vanderbilt (6) for most in league history.

» Georgia is looking for its first semifinals appearance since 2013 -- a span of five seasons. The team's last trip to the finals came in 2004, when Georgia fell to Vanderbilt, 62-56.

» The Lady Bulldogs are the No. 8 seed for just the third time in school history, owning a 4-2 mark as the eighth-seeded team. Georgia finished as the runner-up in 1993 as the No. 8 seed.

» This is the first meeting between Georgia and Auburn in an SEC Tournament game since 1997. The Lady Bulldogs are 2-3 all-time against the Tigers in SEC tourney contests.

Robinson Triples Scoring Numbers

Georgia finished 5-3 in its last eight SEC games after starting the league schedule with a 2-6 mark. During that time frame, Caliya Robinson's numbers jumped from just 5.8 ppg in the first eight to 16.5 ppg in the last eight contests. Robinson has scored in double figures, including three 20-plus point efforts, in seven of the last eight games.

Staying At Home, Making A Difference

All three of Georgia's top scorers are from the state of Georgia. Caliya Robinson (Marietta), Pachis Roberts (Powder Springs) and Mackenzie Engram (Powder Springs) each average in double figures and make up 62 percent of the Lady Bulldogs' scoring.

Georgia Coming Together At The Right Time

The Lady Bulldogs, who faced a tough early SEC schedule, which included two games against #7 South Carolina within two weeks of each other, have started to come together as the team reaches the stretch run of the SEC season. Georgia has won five of its last seven games, including two-straight on the road with wins at Arkansas and at Auburn. The Lady Bulldogs have won three overtime games in the month of February, including victories against then-No. 25 Tennessee, LSU and Alabama.

ESPNW National Player of The Week ... Caliya's Rare Feat

For only the second time in school history a Lady Bulldog has won National Player of the Week honors. Georgia sophomore Caliya Robinson established herself among some of the top players in the nation with back-to-back 20-point performances -- one coming on the road at Arkansas and the other against Tennessee. The 6-foot-3 sophomore not only averaged 24.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest, she also recorded a career-high seven blocks in the win against the Razorbacks. The only other Lady Bulldog to garner the prestigious honor was Kedra Holland-Corn in 1997. She won the award after scoring 24 points against No. 12 Virginia and 30 against No.4 Tennessee.

Lady Bulldogs' Impressive SEC Wins ... Playing Well Against RPI Top-25

Georgia has recorded wins against Tennessee, Auburn and LSU in the same season for the first time since the 1996-97 campaign. The Lady Bulldogs (second), Lady Vols (first), LSU (third) and Auburn (fourth) rank at the top of the league in the all-time standings. Georgia also has two wins against teams with a top-25 RPI (Tennessee and Texas A&M), while the squad's six losses to RPI top-25 teams have come by an average margin of just over nine points per game.

The Lady Bulldogs led #3 Mississippi State for over 31 minutes in Starkville, including a 42-39 lead going into the fourth quarter. Georgia also led #7 South Carolina, 55-53, with just over four minutes remaining and had a chance to tie it with three seconds to go during their meeting in Columbia earlier this year.

Tennessee Win The First Since 2010

The Georgia vs. Tennessee rivalry is seen by many as the best in SEC women's basketball. The Feb. 5th meeting will go down as one of the most intense between the two programs, with the Lady Bulldogs taking an 81-78 win in double overtime. The victory marked Georgia's first against the Lady Vols since 2010, breaking a streak of 10-straight losses.

Close Games No Problem for Lady Bulldogs

Georgia boasts a 6-1 record in games decided by five points or less, including an impressive 4-1 mark in SEC play, with the only loss coming in a 66-63 road defeat at No. 5 South Carolina. Georgia has hosted a pair of thrillers at Stegeman Coliseum, using a buzzer-beater by freshman Stephanie Paul to take down Vanderbilt, before a double-overtime, back-and-forth game against Tennessee on Feb. 5 an overtime win against LSU on Feb. 19 and an overtime battle vs. Alabama on Feb. 23.

Pachis' Production Up In Senior Season

Just one glance at the stat sheet and it is easy to see Pachis Roberts' improvement in her senior season. She is averaging 14.5 points per game (16.0 per game in conference play) and has started all 29 contests. In her previous three years combined she started just 13 games and averaged 5.0 ppg.

Defensive Numbers Carrying Over

Georgia led the Southeastern Conference in most major defensive categories last season, pacing the league in field-goal percentage defense, 3-point field-goal percentage defense and scoring defense. Even though the team is mostly different from a season ago with the departure of four senior starters, some of those numbers have carried over. Georgia has held 20 opponents at or below 40-percent shooting this season, including a season-low 35.9 percent shooting effort from Texas A&M and a 27.8 percent performance from Arkansas. In the Joni Taylor Era, Georgia has held 48 of 60 opponents to the 40-percent clip.

Robinson Puts Her Name Among Georgia Greats

With her 24-point, 11-rebound effort against Samford on Dec. 22, Caliya Robinson became just the fourth Lady Bulldog since 2000 to record three or more 20-point, 10 rebound games in their careers, joining an elite group of former Lady Dogs -- Tasha Humphrey, Christi Thomas and Kara Braxton. Robinson already has 21 double-figure scoring efforts and six double-doubles.

Caliya Robinson became the first Lady Bulldog since Tasha Humphrey in 2008 to score 30 points in a single game. Robinson had a career day against Minnesota on Nov. 24, scoring 30 points off a 14-for-27 shooting performance. Humphrey scored 32 points against Florida on Feb. 24, 2008.

Short Bench, Starting Five Shift for The Lady Bulldogs

Georgia's roster features just eight scholarship players and one walk-on this season. The Lady Bulldogs lost four senior starters off last year's team and lost incoming freshman Kortney Eisenman due to a heart condition before the start of the season. Georgia has used eight different starting lineup combinations so far with the most recent being Haley Clark, Shanea Armbrister, Stephanie Paul, Pachis Roberts and Mackenie Engram.

Georgia's 2017 Signing Class Ranked Top-10 Nationally

The Lady Bulldogs' 2017 signing class currently ranks among the top-10 in the nation according to ESPN.com's Hoopgurlz. Georgia signed four highly-touted recruits, including five-star guards Que Morrison and Gabby Connally, four-star guard Maya Caldwell and four-star forward Malury Bates. Each player is ranked in the top-15 at her position nationally, with Morrison coming in as the No. 7 ranked overall guard, Connally the No. 8 point guard, Bates the No. 8-ranked forward and Caldwell the 15th-ranked wing prospect nationally.

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