Georgia Ladies Victorious in NCAA Opener

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Georgia had too much experience, too much
pedigree and too much defense for Belmont.
Tournament-tested Georgia held the newcomers from Nashville to
one field goal in the final 15:22 of an ugly 53-to-36 victory in
the opening round of the NCAA tournament today.
Ashley Houts had 10 points and six assists for Georgia, but the
Lady Bulldogs won this one with defense.
They held the Bruins to 20 percent shooting.
Gritty Belmont (25-7) withstood an early shot from the Lady
Bulldogs, turning the game into a sloppy, turnover fest that kept
it close in the second half.
The two teams combined to miss 82 shots and turn the ball over
35 times.
With Hall of Fame coach Andy Landers throwing his hands up in
disgust for much of the game, third-seeded Georgia (26-5) took over
the game on defense to advance to play sixth-seeded Iowa State on
Monday night.
Alysha Clark led Belmont with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

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