SPOKANE, Wash. — 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 Lady Bulldogs a 60-56 lead. It’s the 11th trip to the regional finals for coach Andy Landers in his long tenure at Georgia.
Chiney Ogwumike led Stanford (33-3) with 26 points, but was held to eight points in the second half. She also had 12 rebounds.
Tiaria Griffin scored 13 points, and Shacobia Barbee added nine as the Lady 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.
Connecticut 76, Maryland 50: Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis each scored 17 points, leading top-seeded Connecticut past Maryland in the 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 (26-8). Tianna Hawkins and Chloe Pavlech each had 11 points for the Terps.
The Huskies will play Kentucky in on Monday night in a rematch of last year’s regional final.
Kentucky 69, Delaware 62: Jennifer O’Neill scored 19 points and A’dia Mathies added 16 to help Kentucky hold off Delaware, ending Elena Delle Donne’s college career
The Wildcats (30-15) have already set a school record for victories.
Delle Donne had 33 points for Delaware (32-4) and finished her career as the fifth leading scorer in NCAA history. She passed former stars Cheryl Miller, Chamique Holdsclaw and Maya Moore on Saturday, but finished well short of Jackie Stiles’ record of 3,393 set at Southwest Missouri State from 1998-2001.