Georgia women’s basketball ‘flipped switch,’ beats Dayton to advance in NCAA tourney

Georgia sophomore Sarah Barker looks to make an entry pass during the Lady Bulldogs win over Dayton in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament on Friday night in Ames, Iowa.

The Georgia women’s basketball team opened play in the NCAA tournament with a 70-54 win over Dayton on Friday night in Ames, Iowa.

The Lady Bulldogs (21-9), ranked No. 25 and a No. 6 tourney seed, advance to play No. 3-seed and site host Iowa State (27-6) on Sunday.

“We gave them a few days off to let them reset and refocus,” Taylor said. “We’ve got to be locked in. It’s a quick turnaround, and you learn to rely on your leadership and rely on everyone being locked in and focused.”

Georgia is 3-0 all-time against Iowa State, with the most recent meeting coming in the 2013 NCAA tournament in the second round.

Taylor would like nothing more to advance to what would be her first Sweet 16 as the Lady Bulldogs’ head coach by winning the Sunday game (TBD).

Georgia, a No. 3 seed last season, got knocked out in the second round of the 2020-21 tourney by No. 6 seed Oregon, 57-50.

This marks the Lady Bulldogs’ 35th NCAA tourney appearance, second-most all-time behind Tennessee (40).

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