Bulldogs overcome scoring droughts to reach Elite Eight.
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Spokane Wash. • Andy Landers looked down at the stat sheet on the table in front of him. The numbers were almost exactly what the longtime Georgia coach anticipated.
Yes, even the final score: Georgia 61, Stanford 59.
Jasmine Hassell scored six of her 13 points in the final 3 minutes, and fourth-seeded Georgia beat top-seeded Stanford 61-59 on Saturday night to reach the NCAA women's regional finals for the first time since 2004.
Georgia overcame three major scoring droughts, including falling behind 9-0, to oust the No. 1 seed from the Spokane Regional and end Stanford's hopes of reaching the Final Four for the sixth straight year.
Jasmine James led Georgia (28-6) with 16 points, including a pair of free throws with 23.5 seconds left that gave the Bulldogs a 60-56 lead. It's the 11th trip to the regional finals in Landers' long tenure at Georgia.
"As we came down the stretch, our players, I think figured out that they could make some plays and really did a nice job," Landers said. "I think the thing that's so good about the comeback and going ahead is that each one of those five players did something that was really significant as we did that. And they did something really significant on each end of the floor."
Chiney Ogwumike led Stanford (33-3) with 26 points but was held to eight points in the second half. She also grabbed 12 rebounds.
Tiaria Griffin scored 13 points and Shacobia Barbee added nine as the Bulldogs turned in another superb defensive effort to stymie Stanford and ruin any hopes of a Pac-12 showdown with No. 2 seed California in the regional final.
Amber Orrange added 17 points for Stanford, but was only 7-for-24 from the field. The Cardinal shot 29 percent in the second half and struggled to find open looks for Ogwumike. Second-leading scorer Joslyn Tinkle struggled with foul trouble in the first half and went more than 35 minutes of game time without scoring. She finished with five points.
"I think the reason that I'm not going ballistic right now is like we're 33-3," Ogwumike said. "That was a huge achievement for our program."
Cal 73, LSU 63 • Layshia Clarendon scored 19 points in Spokane to help send the second-seeded Bears to the round of eight for the first time in program history.
Gennifer Brandon had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Brittany Boyd added 14 points for Cal (31-3).
Theresa Plaisance posted 15 points and 12 rebounds for sixth-seeded LSU (22-12).
UConn 76, Maryland 50 • Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis each scored 17 points, leading top-seeded Connecticut in the Bridgeport, Conn., regional semifinals.
Stewart got help from fellow freshmen Moriah Jefferson, 10 points, and Morgan Tuck, eight points, in sending the Huskies (32-4) to their eighth straight NCAA regional final.
Alyssa Thomas, who had averaged 28.5 points in the tournament, had 13 to lead fourth-seeded Maryland, which finished its season at 26-8.
Kentucky 69, Delawre 62 • Jennifer O'Neill scored 19 points and A'dia Mathies added 16 to help second-seeded Kentucky hold off Delaware in the Bridgeport regional semifinals, bringing to an end the stellar career of Elena Delle Donne.
It's the second straight season that Kentucky (30-5) has advanced to the regional final.
Delle Donne scored 33 points for sxith-seeded Delaware (32-4) and finished her career as the fifth all-time leading scorer in NCAA history.
• UConn 76, Maryland 50
• Kentucky 69,Delaware 62
• Georgia 61 Stanford 59
• Cal 73, LSU 63
• Notre Dame (33-1) vs. Kansas (20-13), 10:04 a.m., ESPN
• Duke (32-2) vs. Nebraska (25-8), 12:32 p.m., ESPN2
• Oklahoma (24-10) vs. Tennessee (26-7),2:35 p.m., ESPN2
• Baylor (34-1) vs. Louisville (26-8), 5:05 p.m., ESPN2