Georgia's shocker: Bulldogs upset Stanford to advance to Elite 8

semerson@macon.comMarch 30, 2013 

The Georgia women's basketball team is headed to the Elite 8 for the first time in nine years, after pulling off a pretty big upset.

Georgia knocked off Stanford, 61-59, on Saturday night in Spokane, Wash. The Cardinal (33-3) were the top seed in the West region, and had been to five straight Final Fours. Stanford won't be getting back this year, but Georgia has a chance to get there for the first time since 1999.

It was quite a turnaround from three years ago, when Stanford beat Georgia 73-36 in the Sweet 16. This one also didn't look good at the outset for the Bulldogs, who trailed 9-0 to start the game. But they rallied, overcoming several other scoring droughts along the way.

The Bulldogs (28-6) will face either LSU or California in Monday's regional final. Sixth-seeded LSU and second-seeded California were due to tip off at 8:30 p.m. pacific time on Saturday.

Jasmine James had 16 points to lead Georgia, which also rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit. Jasmine Hassell had 13 points, including six in the final three minutes.

Anne Marie Armstrong only had five points, but that included a critical 3-pointer in the final stretch to put the Bulldogs ahead. James hit a pair of free throws with 23.5 seconds left to give the Bulldogs a four-point lead.

It's the 11th trip to the regional finals for Georgia head coach Andy Landers.

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