Women's sweet 16: Stanford is upset, Final Four streak over

2013-03-31T00:00:00Z Women's sweet 16: Stanford is upset, Final Four streak overThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 31, 2013 12:00 am  • 

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 reached 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 Lady 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 had 12 rebounds.

Saturday night wasn't so much about getting even with the Cardinal, as it was about getting Georgia back to where it believes they belong.

"To finally make the next step and go to the Elite 8 and now to be going into another game to try to compete to go to the Final Four is definitely back to where Georgia basketball needs to be, trying to compete for a national championship," James said.

• Kentucky 69, Delaware 60: In Bridgeport, Conn., Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell has his team one victory away from the school's first Final Four. The Wildcats had to overcome an incredible effort by Elena Delle Donne to get there.

Jennifer O'Neill scored 19 points and A'dia Mathies added 16 to help Kentucky hold off the Blue Hens regional semifinals, bringing to an end the stellar career of Delle Donne.

It's the second straight season that Kentucky (30-5) has advanced to the regional final and will play Connecticut.

"When we were here last year and go back and watch those games, I think we're more talented than the team last year," Mitchell said. "If we play really hard and make shots, we can beat either team."

The Wildcats would love to get down to New Orleans, the site the Final Four. It's the same city where the Kentucky men's team won the national championship last season.

"That's something, isn't it," Mitchell said. "We'd love the opportunity."

• Connecticut 76, Maryland 50: In Bridgeport, Conn., Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis each scored 17 points, leading top-seeded Connecticut in the Bridgeport regional semifinals.

Stewart got help from fellow freshmen Moriah Jefferson, 10 points, and Morgan Tuck, eight points, in sending the top-seeded 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 Maryland, which finished its season at 26-8. The Terps' Tianna Hawkins and Chloe Pavlech each had 11 points.

UConn led 35-26 at halftime, then opened the second half on a 9-0 run.

UConn will be playing in a regional final for the 19th time. The Huskies are seeking their eighth national title.

• California 73, LSU 63: In Spokane, Wash., late.

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