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Kentucky, UConn, Georgia reach NCAA Elite Eight

SPOKANE, Wash. — Jasmine Hassell scored six of her 13 points in the final three minutes Saturday night to lead No. 4 seed Georgia past top seed Stanford 61-59 to reach the region finals of the NCAA Tournament 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 Region and end Stanford's hopes of reaching the Final Four for what would have been a record sixth straight year.

Jasmine James led Georgia (28-6) with 16 points, including two free throws with 23.5 seconds left for a 60-56 lead.

Junior forward Chiney Ogwumike led Stanford (33-3) with 26 points, but she was held to eight in the second half. She also had 12 rebounds. Guard Amber Orrange added 17 points for Stanford, but she was 7-of-24 from the field. The Cardinal shot 29 percent in the second half.

Georgia plays for a trip to the Final Four on Monday against either No. 2 seed California or SEC rival and No. 6 LSU.

Kentucky denies Delaware, Delle Donne

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell has his team one victory from the school's first Final Four. The Wildcats had to overcome an incredible effort by Elena Delle Donne to get there.

Jennifer O'Neill had 19 points and A'dia Mathies 16 as Kentucky held off the Blue Hens 69-62 in the Bridgeport Region semi­finals, ending Delle Donne's stellar college career.

No. 2 seed Kentucky (30-5) reached the region final for the second straight year and again faces Connecticut.

The No. 1 seed Huskies beat Kentucky by 15 last year.

"When we … go back and watch those games, I think we're more talented than the team last year," Mitchell said.

Kentucky withstood a rally led by Delle Donne, who scored 33. The Wildcats led by 14 in the second half before the sixth-seeded Blue Hens (32-4) cut their deficit to 62-60. But Kastine Evans hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to make it 65-60.

Delle Donne wound up the fifth-leading scorer in NCAA history with 3,039 points. She passed Cheryl Miller, Chamique Holds­claw and Maya Moore on Saturday. "I wasn't aware of anything of that nature," Delle Donne said. "That's incredible, and it's definitely humbling to be among those names."

The 6-foot-5 star signed with UConn before transferring and briefly quitting the sport to play volleyball at Delaware. Delle Donne might have broken the career scoring record (Jackie Stiles, 3,393, Southwest Missouri State, 1998-2001) had she not missed 22 games, including six this season, with a reoccurrence of the symptoms of Lyme disease.

UConn 76, Maryland 50: Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 17 points each, leading the top-seeded Huskies in Bridgeport. Stewart got help from fellow freshmen Moriah Jefferson (10 points) and Morgan Tuck (eight) as Connecticut (32-4) reached its eighth straight region final. Alyssa Thomas, who had averaged 28.5 points in the tournament, had 13 for fourth-seeded Maryland (26-8).

Kentucky, UConn, Georgia reach NCAA Elite Eight 03/30/13 [Last modified: Sunday, March 31, 2013 12:00am]
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