Georgia women in midst of rare hoops slump

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ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia is unranked for the first time in almost three years and is 0-4 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time in the program’s history.

It’s a new challenge for coach Andy Landers. He’s trying to treat the sudden downward spiral for Georgia, which opened the season with 11 consecutive wins, like any other test he’s encountered in his 35 years as the Lady Bulldogs’ coach.

“Whether you’re 16-0, 11-5 or whatever the case may be, there are always challenges,” Landers said. “If you’re ranked No. 1 in the country, that’s a challenge. So it’s a different kind of challenge, but it’s not all new.

“Are we at a place that we haven’t been before? Yes, from the standpoint only of being 0-4. Are we at a place that is unfamiliar? Yes and no. We’re always in a position where there’s something significant that has to be done.”

Georgia, normally a fixture near the top of the SEC standings, is last in the league as it prepares to play Arkansas tonight. The Lady Bulldogs (12-5) fell out of the Top 25 Monday for the first time since the end of the 2010-11 season.

And since 1981-82, Georgia has been included in 509 of 586 polls – 86.9 percent.

Georgia has struggled with poor shooting. The Lady Bulldogs shot 28 percent in their last game, a 58-44 loss to Texas A&M on Sunday.

Georgia ranks last in the SEC in scoring and free-throw shooting.

Guard Khaalidah Miller, the team’s only senior, said there is still time to save the season.

“Obviously, we’re all very frustrated right now,” Miller said.

“We just have to understand there’s still time to turn it around.”

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