Georgia Lady Bulldogs Remain Unbeaten With Win Over Coppin State


The Georgia Lady Bulldogs beat Coppin State to extend their season opening win streak to eight games.

Led by a career-high 20 points from freshman Mackenzie Engram, the No. 19 Georgia Lady Dawgs extended their season opening undefeated streak to 8 on Tuesday night with a 49-29 win over the Coppin State Eagles in Stegeman Coliseum.

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Engram also contributed seven rebounds, shot 2-for-2 from 3-point range and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Engram’s previous high was 12 points at Ohio State on Nov. 19. Shacobia Barbee tallied eight points on the night and grabbed 10 boards, taking her over the 500 mark with a total of 509 career rebounds.

Coppin State entered the game averaging 61.2 points a game. The Eagles 29 points is the lowest scoring output the Lady Bulldogs have allowed since a 77-22 matchup with Georgia Tech in 1976.

“Offensively we were definitely broken, but defensively we were pretty good,” head coach Andy Landers told “I would’ve liked to have rebounded a little more, but we turned them over and we forced them to shoot a little bit lower percentage than we shot. And we did it without fouling, that was the important piece.”

Beginning the second half with a 20-14 advantage the Lady Bulldogs went on a 10 – 0 run to break the game open.

The win leaves the Lady Bulldog basketball program 12 wins away from reaching the 900th victory in program history and Coach Landers 17 victories away from his 950th win as a collegiate head coach.

The Lady Bulldogs will travel to Mercer on Thursday for a game at 7 p.m. Mercer is coached by former Lady Bulldog Susie Gardner, a member of three Bulldog SEC Championship teams, two Final Four teams and an NCAA runner-up. They will then return home for a three-game stretch beginning with No. 16 Michigan State on Sunday at 4 p.m.

The first 750 fans and 250 Georgia students in attendance for the matchup with the Spartans will receive a free Lady Bulldog coffee tumbler.

Also, the Michigan State contest will serve as a “Rally the Dawgs” school challenge day. Elementary schools in Clarke and Oconee counties will compete to see which can bring the most fans to the game. The school with the most fans in attendance will win $1000, second place will win $750 and third place will win $250. At each timeout, an elementary student will be selected to win various prizes such as an iPad, Xbox, bikes, gift cards and Beats by Dre Pill.