SPOKANE, Wash. -- Andy Landers looked down at the stat sheet 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 three minutes as fourth-seeded Georgia beat top-seeded Stanford, 61-59, last night to reach an NCAA women's basketball regional final for the first time since 2004. Georgia will play second-seeded California, which beat LSU, 73-63.
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. "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."