Lady Bulldogs stunned by first 0-4 start in SEC

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 15, 2014 at 11:53 am •  Published: January 15, 2014
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Guard Khaalidah Miller, the team's only senior, said the shooting woes are affecting players' confidence.

"I think we're just worried about missing more than just making the shot," Miller said. "It throws us off and we kind of get frustrated when we miss that first one. You kind of have that thought in the back of your mind that I have to hit this one because I just missed that last one. I think that thinking like that throws us off."

Georgia opened its conference schedule Jan. 2 with a 66-63 loss at Vanderbilt. Its last three losses — against Tennessee, Missouri and Texas A&M — have been by 10 or more points.

The Lady Bulldogs' first loss of the season was a 61-58 decision at Rutgers on Dec. 21.

Junior Krista Donald said players can lean on Georgia's long history of success under Landers, including 11 SEC championships, five Final Fours and 20 Sweet 16 appearances.

"It's definitely something we can look at and just know that there's some light, because the light is dim now but we don't see it ahead," Donald said. "But he knows what he's doing."

Miller said Georgia's successful history also gives players the feeling they must keep up the tradition.

"You've got to feel good about that, knowing that we have a winning tradition," Miller said. "That makes you want to fight for something. That's kind of what we've been talking about as a team, just keeping that tradition and knowing who we are and what Georgia basketball is really all about and finding that."

Miller said there is still time to save the season.

"Obviously, we're all very frustrated right now," Miller said. "I know personally I've never been in this situation before and it's just we're trying to keep our hope, keep our faith and keep the spirits high.

"We just have to understand there's still time to turn it around and we can still turn it around."