0

Bulldogs earn local tourney bid
Georgia headed to Arena; Jackets shipped to Iowa

A familiar team will be in the field for the first ever NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament games in the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Georgia, its streak of consecutive appearances in jeopardy, got in as an 11th seed and will play Arizona State at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the opener of a first-round doubleheader at Duluth.

Georgia was just 18-13 this season but made it into the NCAA field for the 17th consecutive year as one of seven teams from the SEC. No. 6 seed Arizona State, from the Pac-10, is 23-8.

Florida State, which received a No. 3 seed, will play No. 14 North Carolina A&T in the second game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The Seminoles are 25-7. N.C. A&T, which won the MEAC title, is 26-6.

Saturday's winners will play at 7 p.m. Monday in the second round, with the survivor advancing to the Trenton Regional. All three games in Duluth will be televised on ESPN2.

Georgia Tech also made the NCAA field, but wasn't nearly as fortunate as Georgia in its placement. The No. 9-seeded Yellow Jackets (21-9) will have to play on the home court of No. 8-seeded Iowa (21-10).

The game is at 9:30 p.m. Sunday and will also be on ESPN2.

Georgia, official host of the games in Duluth, has played in the Arena at Gwinnett Center several times, including the 2007 SEC women's tournament. The Bulldogs met Clemson there on Dec. 22 this season, winning 67-50.

Tickets for the games in the Arena at Gwinnett Center are $30 for adults and $20 for children. There is a discount for groups of 25 or more.

Connecticut, featuring Collins Hill graduate Maya Moore, has been ranked No. 1 all season and is the top No. 1 seed. The Huskies (33-0) have beaten teams by an average of more than 30 points.

The other No. 1 seeds are Oklahoma (28-4), Maryland (28-4) and Duke (26-5).

Two-time defending champion Tennessee is 22-10 this season and was made a No. 5 seed. The Vols have never failed to at least make the Sweet 16 in the 28-year history of the event.