ATHENS - The season ended earlier than expected for the Georgia women's basketball team.
The Lady Bulldogs, a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament, were upset 76-70 by No. 13 seed Marist on Sunday afternoon.
Under head coach Andy Landers, the Bulldogs have been a consistent entrant in the NCAAs, but have struggled lately to get deep in the tournament. The Bulldogs have received a bid 18 years in a row, beginning with their 1995 trip to the Final Four. They also made the Final Four in 1996 and 1999, reaching the title game in '96.
But their last visit to the Elite Eight was in 2004. Landers' team made the Sweet 16 last year and 2010.
Georgia is now 17-4 in first-round games in the NCAA, including when the tournament included 48 teams. Landers has been with the Bulldogs for all of them, having just finished his 33rd year.
The Lady Bulldogs finish this season with a 22-9 record.
The good news for the program's future is that it is set to return all but senior guard Meredith Mitchell, the team's fifth-leading scorer this year at 10.1 points per game.
Juniors Anne Marie Armstrong (11.6 ppg, 6.3 rebounds per game) and Jasmine Hassell (13.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg) were each a second-team all-SEC pick by the AP. Sophomore Khaadilah Miller (12.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg) was honorable mention. Jasmine James (10.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg) is also a junior.
Erika Ford, a guard who averaged 5.6 ppg, was on the coaches all-freshman team.
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