After a one-year absence, Georgia is dancing again.
The Lady Bulldogs (21-9) earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 8 seed and will play No. 9 seed Indiana (20-11) in the first round. The teams will play their game in South Bend, Indiana, with No. 1 seed Notre Dame hosting two rounds in the Lexington, Kentucky region.
The Georgia-Indiana winner will likely the winner of No. 1 seed Notre Dame (31-1) and No. 16 seed North Carolina A&T (19-11).
The Lady Bulldogs had won five of six games before dropping their last two. Indiana has been playing good basketball of late as it's won seven of its last 10 games.
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This marks the first NCAA appearance for Georgia head coach Joni Taylor, who is in her inaugural season at the helm. The Lady Bulldogs are back in the big dance after missing last year's tournament, which snapped a 20-year tourney streak.
"We are absolutely thrilled to be back in the NCAA Tournament," Taylor said in a statement released by the program. "Georgia basketball is a name that is synonymous with March Madness, and I am proud of our team for working so hard to get to this point. We play a very tough team in Indiana, and I look forward to the challenge and opportunity for our team."
Georgia has long been a tournament regular as its appeared in the annual tournament a total of 32 times. The Lady Bulldogs have been to the Sweet 16 20 times, the Elite Eight 11 times and the Final Four five times.
Georgia owns a 3-0 all-time advantage against Indiana, with two of those wins coming in NCAA Tournament play.
The Lady Bulldogs will enter the NCAA Tournament without senior Shacobia Barbee, who suffered a season-ending leg injury in a Feb. 21 game against Florida. Losing Barbee was a tough blow for Georgia since she was averaging a team second-best 12.7 points per game.
This postseason, Georgia will be paced by seniors Tiaria Griffin (14.6 points per game) and Merritt Hempe (9.4). The Lady Bulldogs will also be expected to receive steady contributions from SEC All-Freshman team member Caliya Robinson, who has emerged in a big way over the latter half of the season.
The SEC received nine total bids to the field of 644, with the others in addition to Georgia being South Carolina, Mississippi State, Auburn, Missouri, Kentucky, Florida, Texas A&M and Tennessee. The Lady Bulldogs went 5-5 against these teams during the season.
South Carolina earned a No. 1 seed, along with Connecticut, Notre Dame and Baylor.