Lady Bulldogs to take on Duke in Sweet 16

By Anthony Rhoads

Mary Beth Lycett was a life-long Georgia basketball fan and after a stellar prep career at Morrow High School, she signed to play for the Lady Bulldogs.

She left Morrow with many accolades including many school and county records as well as being named Miss Georgia Basketball in 1999.

In the four years she has been with the Lady Bulldogs, the 6-foot senior forward has emerged as a team leader.

Lycett is averaging about 10 points and 4.3 rebounds per game this season.

She leads the team in playing time with 33.3 minutes per game and is one of the all-time leaders at Georgia in career 3-piont

So far in the NCAA tournament, Lycett continues to be a leader for the Lady Bulldogs.

In the Lady Bulldogs' 74-64 second-round victory over Rutgers, she scored nine points. In the first round against UNC-Charlotte, she scored five.

Now, Lycett and her teammates will face one of their greatest challenges this season as they play Duke in the Sweet 16 Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M. Game time is slated for 9 p.m (EST).

Peach State players: Five of 10 players on the Lady Bulldogs' roster this year are Georgia natives, including three of the last four Miss Georgia Basketball honorees. In addition to Lycett, the other winners of the award are Christi Thomas (2000, Buford High) and Sherill Baker (Greater Atlanta Christian, 2002).

All-time series with Duke: Georgia and Duke have only met on the basketball court one time. On March 26, 1999, Duke defeated Georgia 81-69 in the Final 4.

NCAA tournament, Final 4 regulars: Georgia is in its 20th NCAA tournament out of the last 22 seasons. The Lady Bulldogs have been to the Final 4 five times including 1983, 1985, 1995, 1996 and 1999.

Landers, an all-time leader in coaching: Georgia head coach Andy Landers has led the Lady Bulldogs to 583 victories since his inaugural season in 1979.

His 24.5 wins per season ranks second among all active coaches with more than 20 seasons of coaching experience. Landers is second only to Tennessee's Pat Summitt.

When Landers first came to Georgia, he made an immediate impact. In the six years before Landers, Georgia was 37-85.

In his first season as head coach, the Lady Bulldogs went 16-12 and two years later, they went 27-10 and won the WNIT.

Before coming to Georgia, Landers coached at Roane State College and compiled an 82-81 record in fourth seasons.

A tough opponent: Duke is going to its fifth straight Sweet 16 and this season is the third straight year the Lady Blue Devils are a No. 1 seed.

Duke has 94 wins over the last three years, which ranks second behind UConn with 104.

Duke has been to the NCAA tournament nine times.