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Lady Bulldogs motivated by 2012 NCAA early exit

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP)

The Georgia Lady Bulldogs are motivated to avoid another early exit from the NCAA tournament.

They're still feeling the sting of last year's rare first-round loss to Marist. Georgia's long tournament history includes 19 trips to the round of 16.

Georgia is the No. 4 seed - just like last year - and plays Montana on Saturday in Spokane, Wash.

Lady Bulldogs forward Jasmine Hassell says last year's loss was ''heart-breaking because you're so used to going to the Sweet 16.''

This is the Lady Bulldogs 19th straight NCAA tournament and coach Andy Landers says any temptation to look past the first-round game should have been ''self-corrected'' by last year's loss. It was only the third time in the last decade Georgia didn't reach the round of 16.

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