Lady Bulldogs motivated by 2012 NCAA early exit

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.