Andy Landers at the 1983 Final Four in Norfolk, Va.
Nov. 1, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia's Lady Bulldogs were ranked as the nation's No. 24 team in the preseason edition of the Associated Press women's basketball poll released on Friday. That inclusion represents the 500th all-time appearance in an AP poll for both the Lady Bulldogs and head coach Andy Landers.
"Five-hundred is a big number," Landers said. "I think I'm most proud of the consistency that we've been able to maintain and the high level of play that has led to us being considered worthy of AP ranking all those times. Our university, our athletic administration, our staff, our players and everyone associated with our program – and this year's team is no different – have committed themselves to competing at the highest level. To be recognized as one of the top teams in the country basically week after week after week for 30-plus years is certainly a reward for all that hard work and commitment."
The Lady Bulldogs first appeared in the preseason AP poll prior to the 1981-82 season, Landers' third season in Athens and the first year that women's basketball came under the auspices of the NCAA. That also was the sixth season the AP compiled a women's basketball weekly poll.
Despite a five-year gap prior to its first inclusion in a poll, Georgia and Landers now rank No. 2 in all-time weekly appearances by a program and a head coach. Since the beginning of the 1981-82 campaign, the Lady Bulldogs have been included in 500 of 576 polls, or 86.8 percent of the rankings released. Georgia has posted 268 top-10 appearances, 46.5 percent of all AP polls during that span.
Interestingly, several of the Lady Bulldogs' best teams faired better in the postseason than their final AP ranking that season. The Associated Press traditionally conducts its final poll prior to the NCAA Tournament. Georgia's Final Four teams entered "March Madness" ranked No. 8 in both 1983 and 1985 and at No. 12 in both 1995 and 1999. The Lady Bulldogs were No. 5 in the final AP poll of 1996 and then finished as NCAA runner-up. Georgia was 4-1 versus the teams ranked ahead of the Lady Bulldogs in the final 1996 AP poll.
The Lady Bulldogs open their 2013-14 campaign a week from this Sunday when they host Presbyterian on Nov. 10 at Stegeman Coliseum at 2 p.m. Season tickets are just $40, while single-game reserved seat tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. 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.
Both season and single-game tickets are on sale now via georgiadogs.com, by calling 877-542-1231 or in person at the UGA Ticket Office in the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall from 8:30-4:30 on weekdays. In addition, single-game tickets go on sale at the Stegeman Coliseum box office (closest to Sanford Drive) beginning 60 minutes before tip-off of every home game.