Lady Dogs trying to find validation

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ATHENS --- Georgia is a top-10 team. It boasts an attractive win-loss record. It has star power in forward Tasha Humphrey and point guard Ashley Houts.

What it lacks two months into the season is a win against a ranked team because none has shown up on its schedule.

Until today.

The No. 10 Lady Bulldogs play at No. 22 Auburn, which offers 14-1 Georgia a chance to improve on a schedule strength ranked 75th according to realtimerpi.com.

"I think a lot of people look at our RPI and our pre-(SEC) season schedule, us included sometimes. I think some people look at and kind of question it," Houts said.

This time last season, Georgia already had played four ranked teams: Rutgers, Stanford, George Washington and Louisiana State.

Georgia Tech (22 RPI) is the only team with a top-40 RPI that Georgia has faced.

Landers said he scheduled for this season knowing there was talk of the SEC expanding the number of conference games. The SEC women's schedule will go from 14 to 16 conference games starting in 2009-10, which he said creates issues in scheduling when contracts can span several years.

Another thing Landers considered in scheduling was that he expected Georgia would start at least three sophomores.

Victories over ranked teams, such as Auburn, "absolutely" are needed, Landers said, to enhance Georgia's resume this season.

"We need to continue to win to validate our own confidence," Landers said.


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