Lady Dawgs Advance at NCAAs

MINNEAPOLIS - Christy Marshall and Ashley Houts both chipped in double-digit scoring efforts as the No.-3 seed Lady Bulldogs (26-6) beat the No. 14-seed Belmont Bruins (25-7), 53-36, Saturday afternoon at Williams Arena.

Marshall led the way with 11 points going 5-for-8 from the floor, while Houts added 10 points and six assists.

"I give Belmont credit for bringing the fight that they fought," said head coach Andy Landers. "I thought the press we had early on was good and remained throughout. The problem was we didn't clean up and allowed them to get far too many offensive boards."

The Lady Dogs looked in control in the opening minutes of the contest cruising ahead on an 11-0 run. Belmont's first point came when Jessica Bobbitt hit one of two shots from the charity stripe at 16:16. The Bruins got their first points from the floor, after starting the game 0-for-7, as Tereva Moore's shot fell through the net at 15:23.

Both teams were quiet over the next 5:36 with just five points combined put on the board. Marshall's jumper at 9:47 sparked a 13-4 run for the Lady Dogs giving them a 16-point lead - their largest of the first half. Georgia would head to the locker room with the score set at 30-18.

Belmont came out strong to open the second with an 11-4 run cutting the Lady Bulldogs' lead down to just five. Georgia rallied back to extend its edge into double digits with 10:46 remaining when Tasha Humphrey completed the three-point play.

The Lady Dogs' largest lead of the contest came when Janese Hardrick hit the second of two attempts from the free-throw line good for a 17-point advantage. With 0:22 left on the clock, Houts collected her third steal of the game to tie Lou Sims for No. 2 on the Lady Dogs freshmen steal leaders list with 84.

Today's match up against Belmont was Landers' 1,000th appearance on the sidelines as a collegiate head coach. Landers owns an overall record of 765-235 in his 32 seasons, 28 of which have been spent at the helm of the Lady Bulldog program.

Georgia will play its second-round contest against No. 6-seed Iowa State (26-8) Monday, March 19. The Cyclones advanced to the round of 32 by knocking off the No. 11-seed Washington Huskies (18-13) 79-60. Game time for Monday's contest will be announced later this evening following the conclusion of the evening session of games at Williams Arena.

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