Jasmine James scored 16 points and fourth-seeded Georgia rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit to defeat top-seeded Stanford, 61-59, in an NCAA tournament regional semifinal in Spokane, Wash., on Saturday night.
Jasmine Hassell and Tiaria Griffin contributed 13 points apiece, Shacobia Barbee grabbed 12 rebounds and Anne Marie Armstrong finished with 10 boards for the Bulldogs (28-6), who will play second-seeded California or sixth-seeded LSU in the Elite Eight on Monday.
Chiney Ogwumike had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Cardinal (33-3), which was trying to become the first women's team to advance to six straight Final Fours. Amber Orrange contributed 17 points and eight rebounds for Stanford, which shot 29.4 percent in the second half.
The Cardinal went nearly six minutes without a field goal midway through the second half, allowing Georgia to turn a nine-point deficit into a two-point lead with eight minutes left. The lead continued to change hands until the Bulldogs scored four straight points to go ahead 60-56 with 23 seconds left.
Stanford scored the game's first nine points while the Bulldogs missed their first 10 shots. Georgia regrouped to take a 22-21 lead with 6:07 left in the first half, but the Cardinal closed the half on a 13-5 run to take a 34-27 lead into the break.
Kentucky 69, Delaware 62: The Blue Hens' best season ended, but not without a fight.
A season that included a school-record 32 wins, a second straight Colonial Athletic Association tournament title and the school's first trip to the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16 concluded as sixth-seeded Delaware fell to second-seeded Kentucky, 69-62, in a regional semifinal in Bridgeport, Conn.
Down by 14 points at halftime, the Blue Hens (32-4) battled back and pulled to within a basket with just under three minutes left to play, but they couldn't pull off the comeback as the Wildcats' Katine Evans made a big 3-pointer with 2:21 left and Kentucky hit four free throws the rest of the way for the victory.
The loss ended a historic season for the Blue Hens and one of the greatest careers by a student-athlete in NCAA history. Elena Delle Donne finished with 33 points for the third straight game and closed out her career as the fifth-leading scorer in NCAA history with 3,039 points.
Delle Donne, a Wilmington, Del., native, surpassed the 20-point mark for the 14th straight game and for the 25th time this season while also reaching the 30-point plateau for the 37th time in her career.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun