The more I think about, Andy Landers has to be ranked pretty high as far as great coaches who seem attracted to bad luck in critical postseason games.
Monday night’s loss to California was tough to swallow. A few shots or there, Jasmine James not fouling out or California being forced to test its players for testosterone…if either of those things happen, the Lady Dawgs are in the final four.
Rather, it’s another hard-luck loss for the Lady Dawgs.
Georgia has been in position to win national titles in the past, but to win one, you need all the breaks to go your way, and this program has experienced the opposite. Whether its two starters fouling out in the championship game in 1985 against Old Dominion, losing a starter to a knee injury on a national title favorite team or simply having the bad fortune of being in the conference with the greatest program in women’s basketball history, good fortune has eluded Georgia women’s basketball.
The NCAA certainly hasn’t done Georgia any favors. If the NCAA had a regional site in Siberia, the Lady Dawgs would end up there. Look at this year – UGA was slotted once again for the west regional, where they played two Pac 12 teams. Tennessee and UConn, of course, get the luxury of playing close to home thanks to the NCAA fixing the odds in their favor.
At the end of the day, this team and its six seniors are all Damn Good Dawgs. Every team starts a season dreaming of the final four. This team was a bounce or two away from making it there.