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Georgia hits late to stun FSU

Florida State’s Courtney Ward tries to steal the ball from Georgia’s Jasmine James during the first half.

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Florida State’s Courtney Ward tries to steal the ball from Georgia’s Jasmine James during the first half.

NCAA Women's Tournament Round of 16

Region semifinals and finals Semifinals Championship Semifinals Region semifinals and finals
PHILADELPHIA Region 1. Connecticut 1. Stanford SPOKANE, Wash., Region
Noon Sunday, ESPN FINAL FOUR: CONSECO FIELDHOUSE, INDIANAPOLIS 11:30 Saturday, ESPN2
5. Georgetown 5. North Carolina
3. DePaul 11. Gonzaga
2:30 Sunday, ESPN2 9 Saturday, ESPN
2. Duke April 3 7. Louisville
April 5, Ch. 10 April 3
DAYTON, Ohio, Region 1. Tennessee 1. Baylor DALLAS Region
Noon Saturday, ESPN 6:30 Sunday, ESPN2
4. Ohio State 5. Wisc.-Green Bay
6. Oklahoma 6. Georgia
2:30 Saturday, ESPN 4:30 Sunday, ESPN2
2. Notre Dame 2. Texas A&M


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AUBURN, Ala. — Jasmine James scored on a putback with 2.9 seconds left then made the subsequent free throw to lift Georgia to a 61-59 victory over Florida State on Tuesday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The 5-foot-9 James caught the ball in midair after a missed jumper by Porsha Phillips, tossed it in and drew a foul to move the sixth-seeded Bulldogs (23-10) into the Round of 16 for a second straight year.

The third-seeded Seminoles (24-8) didn't get a shot off as Christian Hunnicutt's pass to Courtney Ward at midcourt went out of bounds as time expired.

The Seminoles didn't have a field goal over the final 10 minutes.

Georgia had lost four of its final five regular-season games. Anne Marie Armstrong scored 15 and James had 14 for the Bulldogs.

Cierra Bravard led the Seminoles with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Baylor 82, W.Va. 68: Brittney Griner had 30 points even after sitting on the bench the final nine minutes of the first half, and the top-seeded Bears (33-2) cruised into the Round of 16 for the sixth time in eight years. The host Bears had a 14-point lead and Griner had 10 points when she picked up her second foul, but the Mountaineers (24-10) managed to trim that deficit to only 11 by halftime. Liz Repella had 29 points for the ninth-seeded Mountaineers.

Texas A&M 70, Rutgers 48: Danielle Adams had 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Aggies (29-5) in Bossier City, La. Syndey Carter added 14 points and Tyra White had 11 for the second-seeded Aggies (29-5), who have strung together victory margins of 20-plus points in each of their first two tournament games. April Sykes scored 21 for the seventh-seeded Scarlet Knights (20-13).

Wisc.-Green Bay 65, Mich. St. 56: Adrian Ritchie scored 20 off the bench and Julie Wojta added 18 as the fifth-seeded Phoenix won in Wichita, Kan., to advance to the region semifinals for the first time. The Horizon League champions (34-1) extended their winning streak to 25 games overall and their record against Big Ten teams to 4-0 this season. Poor shooting plagued the fourth-seeded Spartans (27-6), who shot 37.3 percent from the field and committed 25 turnovers.

UConn pummels Purdue

STORRS, Conn. — Maya Moore ran off the court at Gampel Pavilion one final time, arms raised triumphantly, almost embarrassed as the crowd serenaded her with chants of "Maya, Maya."

"It felt awkward," she said. "I usually don't like that kind of individual attention because I play a team sport. I appreciate it."

The senior All-American scored 16 and top-seeded Connecticut put on a defensive clinic, beating ninth-seeded Purdue 64-40 to reach the region semifinals for the 18th consecutive season.

Moore and fellow senior Lorin Dixon became the only players to finish their UConn careers perfect at home. They went 40-0 at Gampel Pavilion, their on-campus arena, and went unbeaten at their other homecourt, the XL Center in Hartford.

The victory was UConn's 22nd straight overall and 83rd in a row at home.

Tiffany Hayes added 23 points to lead the Huskies (33-1), who have the longest active streak of advancing out of the tournament's second round. They'll face Big East rival Georgetown on Sunday in Philadelphia.

"It's something we're really proud of that we've built over a very long time," coach Geno Auriemma said. "These things have a way of kind of building upon themselves. When that's your expectation to be playing next weekend."

Drey Mingo scored nine to lead Purdue (21-12).

Leading 9-7 with 13:47 left in the first half, UConn held the Boilermakers to one field goal over the next 13 minutes to extend its advantage to 26-11 on Hayes' free throw.

Usually when the Huskies turn up their defensive pressure, they blow games open with quick runs. This was more of a slow walk, thanks to a strong defensive effort by Purdue.

UConn, which averaged 77.6 points, had to scrap for every point. Hayes had eight during the spurt.

Antionette Howard's layup with 8:26 left in the half was the only basket Purdue would get before Mingo scored with 22 seconds left. Moore's two free throws with a tenth of a second left gave UConn a 28-13 lead at the break. It was the fewest points in a first half ever for the Boilermakers. They had 14 against Ohio State in 1976.

"The defense has always been our staple," Moore said. "It's been the most consistent aspect of our team the last three years, it's been so consistent.

"We played really good team defense for the most part. It was unbelievable how hard we crashed the boards (Tuesday night)."

UConn opened the second half with a 19-3 run to put the game away. Hayes had two 3-pointers to start the burst and hit another 3 with 12:51 left to close it, giving UConn a 47-16 lead.

Hayes had outscored Purdue 21-16 at that point.

This was the Boilermakers' sixth straight loss to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Georgetown 79, Maryland 57: Sugar Rodgers scored a career-high 34, and the No. 5 seed Hoyas (24-10) breezed past fourth-seeded Maryland to reach the Round of 16 for the first time. The visiting Hoyas bolted to an 11-0 lead, made it 40-26 at halftime and increased the margin to 23 with 16:23 left. Alyssa Thomas had 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Terrapins (24-8), who shot 32 percent and committed 20 turnovers.

Spokane Region

Louisville 85, Xavier 75: Freshman point guard Shoni Schimmel scored a career-high 33, leading a late comeback that swept the seventh-seeded Cardinals (22-12) past the second-seeded Musketeers (29-3). Schimmel went 12-of-18 from the field and 6-of-11 from behind the arc. Amber Harris scored 20 for the Musketeers, who made a season-high 14 3s.

Around the nation

Tulsa: Matilda Mossman was hired as coach. For the past nine years, Mossman has coached girls basketball at Norman (Okla.) High, where she compiled a 191-53 record and led the team to the Class 6A title in 2005.

Virginia Tech: Former Boston men's coach Dennis Wolff will take over for the Hokies. Wolff, who has never led a women's program in a three-decade coaching career, succeeds Beth Dunkenberger, who resigned after seven seasons.

NAIA: Eboni Sadler scored 17 and had a late steal and two free throws to help seal Azusa Pacific's 65-59 victory against Union University in the women's title game in Jackson, Tenn. Union (35-2) was on its homecourt playing for its third consecutive national title, but Azusa Pacific (33-5) won the rematch of last season's title game.

Georgia hits late to stun FSU 03/23/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 1:31am]

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