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Lady Bulldogs motivated by 2012 NCAA early exit

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 20, 2013 at 5:14 pm •  Published: March 20, 2013

Georgia (25-6) also is motivated by its 60-38 loss to Kentucky on March 9 in the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals. The Lady Bulldogs opened the SEC tournament with one of their best performances of the season in a 71-53 win over LSU before being overwhelmed in the second half of the loss to Kentucky.

"The LSU game, we played very well but we dwelled on it a little bit too long and lost our focus for the Kentucky game," James said.

"We've seen glimpses of how good we can be. We've also seen glimpses of how bad we can be. So one of the things we just really need to do is focus and hold each other accountable."

Landers said any temptation to look past the NCAA first-round game against Montana (24-7) should have been "self-corrected" by last year's loss to Marist. It was only the third time in the last decade Georgia did not reach the round of 16.

"It bothers me to have to even think about the question," Landers said before referring to Kentucky's loss to Robert Morris on Tuesday night in the men's NIT.

"You're in the national tournament," he said. "You watch these games all the time. Kentucky got beat by Robert Morris. Come on. You've got to play. That any team would take another team for granted and not give them the respect is foreign to me."

Georgia beat Montana, the Big Sky champion, 74-46 in the opening round of the 2000 NCAA tournament.