Senior Jasmine Hassell
March 22, 2013
SPOKANE, Wash. --- The Georgia women’s basketball team spent Friday continuing to work toward its first round game at the 2013 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championships, with the Lady Bulldogs in action in the early rounds in Spokane, Wash. The fourth-seeded Lady Dogs are set to take on the No. 13 seed Montana on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. EDT at host Gonzaga’s McCarthey Athletic Center.
Georgia on Friday attended a pre-practice media session in which seniors Jasmine Hassell and Jasmine James as well as head coach Andy Landers addressed reporters. That was followed by a 90-minute practice in the arena.
“We have been here a lot of times, and we don't want to take that for granted because to be in the NCAA Tournament, it's a big thing,” Hassell said. “As far as experience, it will help us because we kind of know what to expect. Once again, we don't want to take it for granted. We want to take each game one day at a time and do what we need to do.”
“Our senior class has been to four tournaments, but it’s definitely something you can’t take for granted,” added James. “Having the experience is a good thing. You come in your freshman year, and you don't really know what to expect. Here we are seniors, and we've been here every year now. It's like we know what to expect so we can talk to the other players about what it is we need to do, and we know how we need to come out and how we need to perform.”
Landers praised Montana head coach Robin Selvig, who owns the sixth-most wins among active coaches with 798. The Lady Bulldog coach is second with 902, giving the pair a combined 1,700 career victories entering the meeting.
“We both have been at this for such a long period of time and I met him a long time ago, I feel like it's an old friend, but it isn't,” Landers said. “We're 2,000 miles apart, so it's not like our paths cross a great deal, but I have great respect for him. The job that he's done in Montana commands respect. I think when someone has been able to stay at a place, maintain a high level of competitiveness as long as he has, it also makes a tremendous statement about him as a person because most of us mess it up somewhere along the way. And Robin is just a class guy.”
The Lady Bulldogs (25-6) and Lady Griz (24-7) will tip 30 minutes following the conclusion of the site’s other first-round game between Gonzaga and Iowa State set for 4:15 p.m. EDT. The two first-round winners will meet Mon., March 25 at 9:30 p.m. EDT.
The game will be televised on ESPN2 with play-by-play by Dave Flemming and Sean Farnham doing color commentary. It will also be carried on the Bulldog Sports Network by IMG with Jeff Dantzler calling the action. The audio stream can be accessed on Georgiadogs.com with a subscription to GTV.