Georgia prepares for its first practice in Gampel Pavilion
March 22, 2014
STORRS, Conn---Georgia held a 90 minute practice in Gampel Pavilion on the campus of the University of Connecticut on Saturday afternoon after arriving in Hartford, Conn., late Friday night.
The Lady Bulldogs acclimatized to their surroundings ahead of facing St. Joseph's on Sunday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the 20th straight post season appearance for the Lady Bulldogs. It is the 31st NCAA bid that Georgia has received with all of them coming under head coach Andy Landers. This year sees Landers tie Pat Summitt as the coaches with the most all-time NCAA bids with 31.
St. Joseph's went 22-9 in the regular season and finished tied for fifth in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 10-6 record. The Hawks feature three double-digit scorers in Erin Shields (14.9 ppg), Sarah Fairbanks (12.9 ppg) and Natasha Cloud (11.5 ppg).
During Saturday's press conference Landers discussed the challenges that St. Joseph's present.
"St. Joseph's don't just possess one threat, they present many. This is a loaded tournament as it is with guards to carry teams and make plays. They can score on you from 3-point range, they can take you off the bounce but the thing that impresses me the most is how well they read offensively. They read the defense and really make good judgments on how to play," Landers said. "They're just going to be a challenge; they probably have more movement in the half court than anyone we played against all year."