2003-04 Season Recap

Final Records: 25-10 overall; 8-6 in SEC (5th)
Rankings: No. 19 AP; No. 8 ESPN/USA Today

Lady Bulldogs' season with dramatic "Elite Eight" setback
Georgia's impressive NCAA Tournament run came to an end when LSU beat the Lady Bulldogs 62-60 in the West Regional championship in Seattle, Wash.

"I think for the most part it was the kind of basketball game that we expected it to be," Andy Landers said. "It was very competitive and hard fought. I didn't think going in that either of us would just knock the other one out. We thought it would be reasonably close." Despite the disappointment, Landers was proud of his team's achievements.

"The last two or three weeks, I thought our team played as well as any in the country," Landers said. "Our players have a lot to be proud of."

Another stellar post-season run
Georgia added another chapter to its stellar post-season history during 2004.

The Lady Bulldogs advanced to the championship game of the SEC Tournament for the third time in the last six seasons after topping then No. 1-ranked Tennessee in overtime in the semifinals.

The Lady Dogs also received their 21st invitations in 23 editions NCAA Tournament - the second-best tally of any school in the nation. Georgia reached the "Sweet 16" for the 14th time and the "Elite Eight" for the 10th occasion. The Lady Bulldogs also have reached five Final Fours.

Landers third-fastest to 600 Ws
Andy Landers became the 11th Division I women's hoops coach to post 600 wins when the UGA defeated Alabama on Feb. 1. More impressively, he ascended to that plateau at the third-fastest pace among those to reach the milestone.

"Thomas" more prominent
The name "Christi Thomas" occupies a much more significant place among the Lady Bulldogs' career leaders today than it did before the 2003-04 season.

Thomas finished her career with 1,593 points, 906 rebounds and 194 blocks, totals which rank No. 10, No. 5 and No. 4 among the Lady Bulldogs' career leaders in each respective stat. Thomas then became the fifth Lady Bulldog to be taken in the first round of the last four WNBA drafts when she was chosen 12th overall by the L.A. Sparks.

Young guns distribute the ball
Sophomores Sherill Baker and Alexis Kendrick and freshman Janese Hardrick equaled a feat only accomplished by the Lady Dogs' brilliant backcourt of Kelly Miller, "Tweety" Nolan and Coco Miller.

Kendrick finished with a team-high 155 assists, while Baker and Hardrick chipped in 120 and 108, respectively.

In 2000, the Millers and Nolan - all WNBA first-round draft picks in 2001 - became the first UGA trio to dish out 100 assists in the same season.

Attendance records fall
The Lady Dogs bettered their average attendance during the 2003-04 campaign.

Georgia drew 48,808 fans for its 12 home dates - an average of 4,067 spectators per contest. The previous record was set during 1999-2000 when Georgia recorded a school-record 32 victories. The Lady Dogs averaged 4,021 fans during that season.

Crowds for matchups with Tennessee (9,495) and LSU (8,127) ranked as the fifth- and seventh-largest in Lady Dogs history, respectively.

Lady Bulldog Honor Roll

All-America
Christi Thomas - Kodak (hon. mention); AP (hon. mention)

Freshman All-America
Janese Hardrick - www.gballmag.com

All-SEC
Christi Thomas - Coaches (1st team); AP (2nd team)
Janese Hardrick - Coaches (2nd team)<
Alexis Kendrick - AP (3rd team)

All-SEC Freshman
Cori Chambers - Coaches
Janese Hardrick - Coaches

All-SEC Tournament
Janese Hardrick
Christi Thomas

All-NCAA West Regional
Janese Hardrick
Christi Thomas

SEC Academic Honor Roll
Ebony Felder
Christi Thomas
Katie Frye
Tina Taylor

SEC Good Works Team
Christi Thomas

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