Lady Dawgs a #3 Seed

ATHENS – A Georgia team finally heard its name called by an NCAA selection committee Sunday, when the Lady Bulldogs were matched up against Marist for the first round of the Women's NCAA Tournament.

Georgia (21-8) was seeded third after a season in which it failed to beat Tennessee or LSU but thumped everyone else in the rugged SEC and finished No. 12 in the country. The Lady Bulldogs will play Sunday at 2 p.m. in a game televised by ESPN.

"The only thing I've looked in the last two weeks is the RPI," Coach Andy Landers said. "When I looked at it, I thought we were probably a 3. That's what we are, and I'm pleased with it."

Marist (23-6) won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Georgia beat the Red Foxes 79-62 last year on Marist's campus in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. None of the Lady Bulldogs are more familiar with Marist than junior guard Cori Chambers, who grew up in Elmsford, N.Y., within 60 miles of Poughkeepsie and 100 miles of the Sovereign Bank Arena, where Georgia will play Sunday.

If the Lady Bulldogs win, they will play the winner of the game between sixth-seeded Temple and 11th-seeded Hartford for the right to go to the Sweet 16 in Bridgeport, Conn.. Georgia probably would have to go through No. 8 Connecticut and No. 4 Duke to reach the Final Four out of their bracket. The Blue Devils are the top seed in the Bridgeport bracket, and Huskies are the No. 2 seed. The Final Four this year will be in Boston.

"I'm excited," Georgia's Tasha Humphrey said. "This is what you work all season for, to play the best teams in the nation and try to beat the best teams in the nation."

The Lady Bulldogs haven't played since March 4, when they lost 89-79 to Tennessee in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament.

"We're right where we need to be," Landers said. "I'm not just saying that. Obviously, at any point in time you were watching practice, you would say, ‘He's not happy.' When you look at the big picture, I couldn't ask more of them."


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