Georgia women keep NCAA streak alive

semerson@macon.comMarch 18, 2013 

ATHENS -- The Georgia women’s basketball team has another NCAA bid and another fairly high seed. That’s nothing new.

Now the question is whether the Bulldogs can overcome a recent drought.

Georgia (25-6) was given a No. 4 seed in the NCAA women’s tournament and will open play Saturday in Spokane, Wash., against Montana, the Big Sky champion. If the seeding holds, Georgia would face fifth-seeded Iowa State on Monday, also in Spokane.

It was the 19th straight NCAA bid for Georgia. The last time it missed the NCAA tournament, current player Khaalidah Miller was 16 months old, and freshman guard Tiaria Griffin (the team’s fourth-leading scorer) was five months from being born.

This is also the 19th time overall (since 1982) that Georgia has been seeded No. 4 or better. But the last time the Bulldogs made the Final Four was 1999, when it fell to Duke in the national semifinal. And the Bulldogs last reached a regional final in 2004.

The potential Sweet 16 matchup for Georgia would be top-seeded Stanford, which is 31-2 and was ranked No. 4 in the nation.

“I talked to our players a lot the last three days about not falling into a routine and not taking things for granted,” head coach Andy Landers said in a UGA release. “This is not a birthright -- it’s a byproduct of being surrounded by good people and doing things the right way and with a level of commitment. That’s why they come to Georgia. Look at this senior class -- they’ve got four NCAA tournaments now, they’ve done what they need to do to be successful. It’s special.”

This year, the Bulldogs are led by senior forward Jasmine Hassell (12.9 points, 6.5 rebounds per game) and senior guard Jasmine James (10.9 points, 3.7 assists, 2.4 steals per game).

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