Tiaria Griffin scored 15 points in last year's SEC Tournament win over No. 22 LSU.
March 2, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia will enter this week's SEC Women's Basketball Tournament as the No. 9 seed in the 14-team bracket. The Lady Bulldogs finished league play with a 7-9 record following Sunday's 77-48 victory over Mississippi State and in a five-way tie for sixth.
Georgia will face Vanderbilt in the quarterfinal round of the tournament at noon on Thursday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth.
"Our conference has never experienced a year like this one," head coach Andy Landers said. "The competitiveness of our league is illustrated perfectly in the final standings. I doubt that anyone would have believed prior to the season that this type of finish was possible, but I suspect that everyone in our league believed that this could occur after about three weeks into conference play. It was upside down then."
Auburn secured the No. 6 seed by virtue of compiling a 4-2 record against the other four teams, followed by Alabama as the No. 7 seed, Auburn as the No. 8 seed, the Lady Bulldogs as the No. 9 seed and LSU as the No. 10 seed.
Georgia faced Vanderbilt in Nashville in both team's SEC opener on Jan. 2, with the Commodores securing a 66-58 win. The Lady Bulldogs led at halftime and by seven points, 44-37, following a Krista Donald layup with 11:35 remaining before the Commodores used a 16-5 run to gain control. Jasmine Lister scored a game-high 24 points for Vanderbilt, with half of those coming during that surge.
"With Vandy, you some have terrific perimeter match-ups," Lander said. "It's no secret that their team has been driven by excellent guard play so we'll be challenged in that regard, but I'm sure our players will look forward to it."
Georgia is 44-30 all-time in SEC Tournament play. The Lady Bulldogs won the 1983, 1984, 1986 and 2001 tournament titles. Georgia has been the No. 9 seed only once before, in 2002. That year, the Lady Bulldogs defeated Alabama before falling to top-seeded Tennessee in the quarterfinals.