Lady Dawgs Preview: NCAA First Round

Josh Kendall breaks down Georgia's NCAA Women's Tournament game with Belmont.

No. 3 seed Georgia (25-6) vs. No. 14 seed Belmont (25-6)

Time/place: 2:30/Minneapolis

Broadcast: ESPN

About Belmont: The Bruins won the Atlantic Sun Conference this season, and like Georgia, have an experienced hand at the wheel. Head coach Tony Cross is in his 23rd season at the Nashville, Tenn., school and has won more than 70 percent of his games. … Belmont is ready to play the role of sacrificial lamb. "I don't think we are here just to play," Cross said. "I think we're here to compete. We've done some things particularly this year to hopefully prepare us for this situation."

About Georgia: Today's game will be the 1,000th of head coach Andy Landers' career. "I hadn't thought about that," he said. "It means I am the way that I am. When I wake up in the morning, I feel stiff. It takes me a little longer to warm up." … The Lady Bulldogs are 18-1 against Atlantic Sun teams under Landers. … Cori Chambers will become No. 2 on Georgia's career list for games played today. If the Lady Bulldogs win today and on Monday, Chambers will hold the record by herself. … Minneapolis is familiar ground for Landers. Four of his all-time best players – Kelly and Coco Miller, Brandi Decker and Tracy Henderson – came from high school's in the metro area.

Scouting report: The key player on the floor today will be Tasha Humphrey, and for two reasons. Offensively, Humphrey tends to shine in the NCAA Tournament. She is averaging a school-record 21.3 points in six tourney games. She'll be equally important on defense today matched up against Clark. "It's going to have to be a team effort" (defensively), Humphrey said. "It's not just one player's problem. It's the whole team's problem. Coach has elaborated on how good she is, and our focus is going to be to stop her." Humphrey's biggest advantage on both ends of the floor will be size. She's 6-foot-3, and Clark is 5-10. The Lady Bulldogs have a similar size advantage at almost every position and that alone should be the difference.

Up next: Winner plays winner of game between No. 6 seed Iowa State and No. 11 seed Washington, Monday, Minneapolis


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