UGA women's hoops picked to finish second in SEC

ATHENS -- Georgia's Lady Bulldogs were predicted to finish second in the SEC this season and junior Jasmine James was tabbed First-Team Preseason All-SEC in balloting of selected national and league media.

Team predictions were compiled by awarding 12 points for a first-place vote descending to one point for a 12th-place ballot.

Georgia accumulated 228 points and was picked to finish behind Tennessee, which garnered 264 points. Rounding out the league standings were Kentucky (212 points), LSU (189), Vanderbilt (172), Florida (151), Arkansas (142), South Carolina (107), Auburn (94), Alabama (55), Mississippi State (54) and Ole Miss (48).

James, a junior from Memphis, Tenn., led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring, assists, assist-to-turnover ratio, steals and minutes played a year ago.

The Lady Bulldogs will unofficially open their 2011-12 season when they host West Georgia an exhibition game at Stegeman Colisuem on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. Georgia's regular-season opener is slated for Friday, Nov. 11 against TCU.

The Lady Bulldogs and Horned Frogs will square off at 6 p.m., with the Georgia men hosting Wofford in the second game of a doubleheader at approximately 8 p.m.