Georgia women top Middle Tennessee in NCAA tournament first round

Georgia pulled out of its late-season swoon at just the right time.

The sixth-seeded Lady Bulldogs cruised to a 56-41 victory over 11th-seeded Middle Tennessee State in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the Auburn Arena, putting and end to a monthlong skid that saw them lose four of their last five.

Jasmine James led Georgia with 18 points. Jasmine Harrell added 11 points and Porsha Phillips had 10 points and 14 rebounds.

The Lady Bulldogs (22-10 will try for their 12th Sweet 16 appearance since the 1994-95 season when they play third-seeded Florida State in the second round on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. ET. The Seminoles beat 14th-seeded Samford 76-46 in the first game Sunday.