Landers' Ladies heading to Texas to play in NCAAs

ATHENS – Georgia is headed to Texas to begin the women's NCAA Tournament, and the Lady Bulldogs will have plenty of tour guides handy when they get there.

Georgia, the No. 6 seed in the Chattanooga Regional, is in an NCAA "pod" with Lone Star state natives Rice and the University of Texas. The Lady Bulldogs (22-9) will play 11th-seeded Rice for the first time in school history on Saturday in the first round of the tournament. The game will be played at Reunion Arena. Times had not been set as of Sunday evening.

If Georgia beats Rice, it probably would play No. 3 seed Texas just 200 miles from the Longhorns campus. The Lady Bulldogs beat Texas 78-64 on Nov. 21 in Athens.

"When you lose a couple games that you're not supposed to lose and that you shouldn't lose, which our basketball team did this year, I don't think you can be displeased with seeding," Coach Andy Landers said. "You put yourself in position to be seeded in a lot of different spots. The seed is what it is and I have no problem with that for that reason."

The Lady Bulldogs tried to downplay any possible home court advantage for either Rice or Texas.

"They've probably never played on the court we're playing on either so we don't feel like it's going to be too much of a home court advantage for them," Georgia senior Katie Frye said.

Rice – which hails from Houston, 250 miles from Dallas – went 24-8 in the Western Athletic Conference this season. Landers referred to the Lady Owls as "a team that I know absolutely nothing about other than the fact that they're coming off a very impressive win over Louisiana Tech."

Landers planned to begin watching tape of Rice on Sunday night. If Georgia advances out of its pod, it would advance to the Sweet 16 in Chattanooga, where it probably would have to get through second-seeded Duke and No. 1 seed LSU to reach the Final Four.

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