New Georgia Lady Bulldog basketball ball coach Joni Taylor and her team look forward to a tough 2015-2016 schedule.
The Georgia 2015-2016 women’s basketball schedule is set.
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“As always, the SEC will be one of the best and most competitive conferences in the nation,” Georgia head coach Joni Taylor told Georgiadogs.com. “We are excited about this year’s schedule and look forward to seeing all of our Lady Bulldog fans create a great homecourt advantage for our team at Stegeman Coliseum this season.”
The SEC Network will air the league-opener at Texas A&M on Sunday, January 3, the contest in Tuscaloosa on January 17 against Alabama, and the home games against Auburn on January 28 and Florida on February 21. The Lady Dawgs’ road game against nemesis Tennessee on February 28 will air on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.
“No other league in the country gets the exposure that we have in the SEC,” Taylor said. “We have passionate fans and it’s great that, whether they are in Stegeman Coliseum or watching on television, they can follow us all season long.”
Conference games not selected by the SEC Network, ESPN2 or ESPNU, will be available on WatchESPN or SECSports.com via SEC Network Plus. New for the 2015-16 season, the SEC Network will present two nights of whip-around coverage — a live look-in to every women’s basketball game played on Jan. 7 and Feb. 25.
Following the league-opener at Texas A&M, Georgia will return home for back-to-back games against Missouri (Jan. 7) and Kentucky (Jan. 10), before setting out for trips at Florida (Jan. 14) and Alabama (Jan. 17) the next week.
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January is a big month for the Lady Bulldogs’ when three home league contests will come in consecutive games from January21 – 28 against Mississippi State, LSU and Auburn. Georgia then closes out January on the road at Vanderbilt on Jan. 31.
The season opens with a bang for the Bulldogs, hosting Stetson and traveling to East Lansing to face Michigan State before returning home to play Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern.
The Lady Dawgs then travel to Northridge California for the Raddison Chatsworth Thanksgiving Classic, facing BYU with a likely second opponent Penn State.
Georgia plays 11 teams with 20 or more wins last year and 14 of the Lady Bulldogs’ opponents played in the postseason a year ago. Nine Georgia opponents earned 2015 NCAA Tournament bids, including one Elite 8 team (Tennessee) and a Final Four participant (South Carolina).
The Lady Bulldogs return 11 letterwinners, including four senior starters off last year’s team. Among the returnees is All-SEC Second Team senior Shacobia Barbee, senior guard and three-year starter Tiaria Griffin and 2014-15 SEC All-Freshman Team selection Mackenzie Engram.
“We have a great balance of experience to go along with a strong group of newcomers who I think will be key contributors for us,” Taylor said to Georgiadogs.com. “It’s always exciting to finalize the schedule and start looking forward to the season.”
The 2016 Women’s SEC Tournament runs Wednesday, March 2 through Sunday, March 6 in Jacksonville. The SEC Network will televise the first three days of the tournament, while the semifinals are aired on ESPNU and the championship game on ESPN.