Bulldogs' Final Four hopes get fouled up

semerson@macon.comApril 1, 2013 

The Georgia women's basketball team saw its season end on Monday night, after appearing for awhile on the verge of a Final Four trip.

In a game that needed overtime, Georgia fell 65-62 to California, after the Bulldogs led by 10 in the latter part of the second half. The Bulldogs led for most of the game, until a 13-1 run by the Bears turned the game.

It was foul trouble that badly hurt Georgia: Its best perimeter player, senior guard Jasmine James, fouled out late in the game. And its top post player, senior Jasmine Hassel, played with four fouls in the final minutes, including all of overtime. Playing tentative on the boards, it aided California in dominating the rebounding down the stretch.

The final seconds weren't without drama: Anne Marie Armstrong nailed a 3 with about four seconds left to get Georgia within two. California's top player, Layshia Clarendon, missed the first free throw, but hit the second with 2.1 seconds left. A halfcourt heave by Georgia's Shacobia Barbee missed.

Georgia (28-7) finishes its deepest run in the NCAA tournament since 2004, the last time it reached the Elite 8. But the Bulldogs couldn't get back to the Final Four, which they last reached in 1999.

James, Hassel and Armstrong are all seniors who have now played their final college game.

California will face the winner of Tuesday night's game between Tennessee and Louisville.

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