Oct. 30, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia Lady Bulldogs landed at No. 11 in the preseason edition of the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll released by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) on Tuesday.
The Lady Bulldogs garnered 409 points in balloting of 31 coaches, which awarded 25 points for a first-place vote and descended to No. 1 point for a No. 25 vote. Georgia fell just behind No. 10 Delaware, which received 411 points.
Five opponents on the Lady Bulldogs' schedule were included in the poll – No. 7 Kentucky, No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 16 Tennessee, No. 17 Vanderbilt and No. 20 Georgia Tech. If continuing into the also receiving votes information, additional Georgia opponents include No. 28 South Carolina, No. 32 Rutgers, No. 35 LSU and No. 40 Arkansas.
For just the third time in Andy Landers' 34 seasons in Athens, the Lady Bulldogs will return four starters who averaged double digits last season – seniors Anne Marie Armstrong, Jasmine Hassell, Jasmine James and junior Khaalidah Miller. Georgia's roster also includes five additional returning letterwinners and five freshmen.
The Lady Bulldogs will open their 2012-13 season a week from Sunday when they host Rutgers at Stegeman Coliseum at 2 p.m. That matchup will feature two of the three winningest active coaches in Division I women's basketball. Landers and C. Vivian Stringer currently rank No. 3 and No. 1 in career wins among active coaches.
Season tickets for Georgia's 16-game home slate are just $40 and are available via georgiadogs.com, by calling the UGA Ticket Office at 877-542-1621 or at the Butts-Mehre Ticket Office from 8:30-4:30 on weekdays.
Reserved seat tickets for the game are $5 for adults and $3 for children and will be available at the Butts-Mehre ticket office from 8:30-4:30 beginning on Nov. 1. In addition, tickets will go on sale at Stegeman Coliseum box office (closest to Sanford Drive) beginning 60 minutes before tip-off.
UGA students, faculty and staff are admitted to all Lady Bulldog games free of charge with a valid UGA Card. Faculty and staff should pick up tickets at the Coliseum box office. Students are admitted to the arena via the entrance to the left of the box office by showing their UGA Card.