Lady Dogs in Sweet 16: News and Notes

Bridgeport, CT - If third-seeded Georgia is going to advance to the Elite Eight, it will have to beat some significant odds.

Second-seeded Connecticut, tonight's opponent in Bridgeport, Conn., is 30-3 in NCAA Tournament games played in its home state. The Arena at Harbor Yard, where the game will be played, is 60 miles from the Huskies' home court.

"It's certainly a plus for them," Lady Bulldog coach Andy Landers said. "Any time you're playing on essentially your home court, the court itself is not their's but the stands will be, it's a great boost and motivator for your basketball team. It gives a basketball team a great sense of comfort."

Connecticut played two games at the Arena at Harbor Yard in the 2004 tournament and won them both. Georgia will be helped by having played at LSU and at Tennessee earlier this season, forward Tasha Humphrey said.

"You don't get much worse than playing at LSU or paying at Tennessee," she said. "I'm excited about it. It's always fun to go into a hostile environment as the underdog."

Women's regionals often are scheduled near the home of top programs to help boost tournament attendance and the game's profile.

"Where there is a true neutral site, some times there are no fans," Landers said. "That's the worst part of it."

FINALLY: Georgia and Connecticut have never met in the NCAA Tournament, but it has not been from a lack of trying on the selection committee's part. Three times, the teams have been put in the same bracket but upset losses by one or the other prevented a meeting. Two other times, one or the other lost in the Final Four, one game away from meeting.

BY THE NUMBERS: This is Georgia's fourth straight trip to the Sweet 16. Connecticut has been to 13th in a row. … Landers has averaged 24.4 wins in his career, third best among Division I coaches with 20 or more years. The Huskies' Geno Auriemma is second with 27.9 per year. … Only Tennessee's Pat Summitt has coached in more NCAA Women's Tournaments than Landers, who is making his 23rd appearance.


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