Before learning his Georgia team was headed to Tempe, Ariz., to face Tulane in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament, coach Andy Landers summoned his veteran players to deliver a reminder about last year's tournament.
Landers said Monday night that he has kept a copy of the Athens Banner-Herald's coverage of Georgia's 2009 NCAA first-round loss to Arizona State on his desk all year. He called in his veteran players to show them the reminder.
"I said 'That's not what we want,'" Landers said. "That just wasn't a good experience for any of us. They got it. ... They would shake their head yeah and say, 'It's not going to be like that.'"
This time, the Lady Bulldogs (23-8), the No. 5 seed in the Sacramento region, will face No. 12 seed Tulane (26-6) on Saturday.
"We don't want to have that feeling again, especially for the first round," sophomore Meredith Mitchell said.
Georgia set a school record by winning its first 16 games this season. The Lady Bulldogs later lost to Mississippi State in the Southeastern Conference quarterfinals.
Georgia Tech has earned its fourth consecutive NCAA tournament bid and is headed to Norman, Okla., to face Arkansas-Little Rock on Sunday night.
The team (23-9) is the No. 6 seed in the Kansas City regional and is matched against No. 11 seed Arkansas-Little Rock (26-6).
Georgia Tech had only two NCAA tournament appearances in its history before beginning its string of four consecutive berths with coach MaChelle Joseph.
"I am really excited because the sixth seed is the highest we have ever had in our program history," Joseph said. "We are now in unchartered waters."
Senior Brigitte Ardossi leads Georgia Tech with her average of 15.8 points per game.
If Georgia Tech wins, the team will face the winner of Oklahoma-South Dakota State on March 23.