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Final

Rice 49

(24-9, 14-4 WAC)

Georgia 75

(23-9, 9-5 SEC)

    2:30 PM ET, March 19, 2005

    1 2 T
    RICE 25 2449
    UGA 42 3375

    Top Performers

    Rice: L. Neaves 13 Pts, 8 Reb

    Georgia: C. Chambers 19 Pts, 7 Reb

    Lady Bulldogs next face Texas

    DALLAS (AP) -- Georgia coach Andy Launders had his hands on his hips and a grimace on his face even though the outcome had long been determined.

    Landers was already getting the Lady Bulldogs ready for their next game in the NCAA Tournament, pushing his team hard even after they had a 31-point lead in 75-49 first-round win over Rice on Saturday.

    "There was a self-induced fatigue. The reason they were tired was because they could," Landers said, explaining his intensity. "If they had a six- or eight-point lead, they wouldn't have been tired. There's so much psychology involved. We needed to get over being tired."

    Throughout the second half, Landers paced the sideline, calling out plays and reacting when things didn't go as planned. At the eight-minute timeout, with the Lady Bulldogs leading by 23, he pointed his fingers as he spoke intensely to his players.

    The Lady Bulldogs (23-9) play third-seeded Texas on Monday night.

    Cori Chambers scored 19 points, one of players in double figures for Georgia on Saturday. Sherill Baker had 14 points and Janese Hardrick added 13 and Tasha Humphrey 12.

    Lauren Neaves had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Western Athletic Conference champion Lady Owls (24-9), who had won 12 straight games.

    Rice, which set a school record for wins, made only its second NCAA Tournament appearance. Georgia has missed just two of the 24 tournaments.

    "Experience played a huge part. They've been here many times," coach Cristy McKinney said. "The key for us is to get back and use this experience in the future. What's disappointing for us, we didn't compete like we're capable of."

    Georgia is the sixth-seeded team in the Chattanooga Region after losing three of its last five games in the Southeastern Conference. But Landers said his team had its best practices since November in the last week.

    It didn't show early, when Rice jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first five minutes while Georgia missed eight of its first nine shots.

    Chambers then scored six of her points in Georgia's 16-0 run, but Rice wasn't yet ready to go away. The Lady Owls cut the gap to 20-17 on Krystal Frazier's jumper with 7:41 left.

    "The coaches didn't need to say anything," Chambers said. "We got ourselves fired up. That first stretch got us warmed up."

    Then the Lady Bulldogs had another big spurt -- 16 of the next 18 points. That gave Georgia a double-digit lead the rest of the game, and Landers had plenty of time to coach.

    Hardrick made the last of her 3-pointers with just more than a minute left and then fell to the floor grabbing her left ankle. She eventually walked off with help.

    Frazier had 10 points while making just 3-of-13 shots for the Lady Owls, who had 19 turnovers -- which Georgia turned into 24 points.

    Facing Texas on Monday night, Reunion Arena will likely have a Longhorns-heavy crowd. Texas beat Oral Roberts 64-47 on Saturday.

    "After watching them play today, I was especially impressed," Landers said. "I don't remember anything about the last time we played. You just have to start over."

    In November, Georgia beat Texas 78-64 in Athens after overcoming a 15-point deficit in the second half of the second game of the season for both teams.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    RICE
    UGA
    Points 49 75
    FG Made-Attempted 20-55 (.364) 25-62 (.403)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-10 (.300) 7-20 (.350)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-14 (.429) 18-22 (.818)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 31

    Game Leaders

     
    RICE
    UGA
    PointsL. Neaves 13C. Chambers 19
    ReboundsL. Neaves 8T. Humphrey 9

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