Georgia Lady Dogs Put Streak on the Line Again: Georgia-Seton Hall Preview


Andy Landers’  Georgia Lady Dogs travel to South Orange, New Jersey, to face upstart Seton Hall Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM.

Date: 12/28/2014

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Tipoff Time

: 2:00 PM

Venue: Walsh Gym, New Orange, NJ

Coach: Anthony Bozzella became head coach before the 2013-14 season. Bozzella, a 1989 graduate of Seton Hall University, is the fourth women’s basketball coach in Seton Hall history. Bozzella led Iona College, Long Island University, and Southampton College of Long Island University programs before his appointment at Seton Hall.

Last year: The 2013-14 season saw Bozzella lead the Pirates to a 20-14 overall record and a berth in the WNIT. The postseason appearance was just the sixth in program history and the first since 2007, and The Pirates advanced to the third round of the tournament for the first time. Additionally, Seton Hall reached the 20-win plateau for the first time in 19 years and only the eighth time in school history and had a winning record for the first time since 2008-09.

This year: Seton Hall added six newcomers to the roster for the 2014 – 2015 season, including transfers Aleesha Powell (Philadelphia, Pa.), who played for Bozzella at Iona, Tiffany Jones (New York, N.Y.) and Lubirdia Gordon (Mount Vernon, N.Y.). The Lady Dawgs are familiar with graduate transfer Daisha Simmons who ranked second on the Alabama team in scoring with 13.8 points per game while starting 29 of 30 games. Returnees include first team All-Big East point guard Ka-Deidre Simmons and second team All-Big East forward Tabitha Richardson-Smith.

Seton Hall is on its longest win streak in two decades and their 11-1 record is the best start the women’s team has had since the 2008-09 season. Their single loss was against No. 17 West Virginia.

Georgia will start Tiaria Griffin, Merritt Hempe, Krista Donald, Shacobia Barbee and Marjorie Butler in defense of its season opening win streak.

The Lady Dawgs began the season on a march to several milestones, including head coach Andy Landers 850the win at Georgia. A win over a very good Seton Hall team will bring the Lady Bulldogs with three games of the best start in program history,  16-0 in 2009-10 seven wins away from the 900th victory in program history and 12 games away from Coach Landers’ 950th win as a collegiate head coach.

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