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UGA women one and done

DULUTH - Georgia didn't have far to travel, but the Bulldogs' stay in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament was very short as well.

Arizona State, playing 2,000 miles from home, saw to that Saturday in the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

The Sun Devils controlled the game from the start and ousted Georgia 58-47, ending the worst season of coach Andy Landers' 34 with the Bulldogs.

Georgia (18-14) finished with its most losses and lowest winning percentage since Landers' took over in 1979. The Bulldogs were able to make it back to the NCAA Tournament for the 26th time in 28 years, but that was about all.

The crowd of 2,704 was mostly glad in red and black, but Georgia gave its fans little to cheer about. The Bulldogs led only once and that was at 4-2.

"Obviously, we're disappointed," Landers said. "It great to be able to play here, but this is about being competitive. This is about laying your ears back and bringing the fight to the big show. That's where my disappointment is."

Despite a starting time that was just after 9 a.m. Arizona time, the Sun Devils led by 13 points before halftime and were able to easily withstand two brief Georgia runs in the second half.

The No. 11 seed Bulldogs cut the ASU lead to five points once and seven another time, giving their fans hope. But the No. 6-seeded Sun Devils (24-8) pulled away quickly both times.

ASU, ranked No. 19 nationally, will play No. 12-ranked Florida State in the second round Monday at 7 p.m. The third-seeded Seminoles (26-7) defeated No. 14 seed North Carolina A&T 83-71 in the second game Saturday.

Monday's winner will advance to NCAA Sweet 16, playing in the Trenton Regional in New Jersey. No. 1-ranked and unbeaten Connecticut, featuring Collins Hill's Maya Moore, is the top seed in the region.

Much-taller ASU hurt Georgia inside, grabbing 12 offensive rebounds, and placed four players in double figures despite the low-scoring game.

Kayli Murphy had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Sun Devils, while Briann January had 10 points and nine assists. Becca Tobin and Lauren Lacey each had 12 points off the bench.

ASU was just 2-for-13 from behind the 3-point arc, but didn't matter. The Sun Devils got inside shot after inside shot, running their offense to perfection for easy inside shots. ASU was 14-for-20 on 2-point attempts in the second half.

Georgia, meanwhile, could never get going against the Sun Devils' tough defense.

The Bulldogs shot just 40 percent and committed 19 turnovers. No Georgia player reached double figures, with Angel Robinson, Angela Puleo and Porsha Phillips each scoring nine points.

"We knew they were a great defensive team," Puleo said. "We didn't step up to the challenge."

"We didn't play that hard and we got out-hustled," said Phillips. "We didn't play up to our potential."

It was the first time in a NCAA game that Georgia didn't have a double-figure scorer and the loss was just the third in the first round for the Bulldogs in 17 games.

"I thought we played tremendous defense," ASU coach Charli Turner-Thorne said. "We really took away Georgia's inside game, which was obviously our game plan."

ASU lost point guard and leading scorer Dymond Simon in the last game of the regular season, but Georgia couldn't take advantage.

"We have to work hard for next season," Phillips said. "We have a lot of areas to work on as a team. . . . We have a lot of things to work on individually."

FSU will now be the closet to home team there is in the second round. The Seminoles, co-ACC leaders with Maryland in the regular season, had five players in double figures and 57.1 percent, including nine 3-pointers, in its win over N.C. A&T (26-7).

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students on Monday and Landers hopes that fans will turn out despite the Bulldogs' absence.

"I hope (our fans) come back and pick a team to cheer for," the coach said.

SideBar: Women's NCAA Tournament

Arena at Gwinnett Center

Saturday's Results

· Arizona State 58,

Georgia 47

· FSU 83, N.C. A&T 71

Monday's Game

Arizona State vs. FSU, 7 p.m.