The Stanford Cardinal women’s basketball team was defeated by the Georgia Lady Bulldogs 61 – 59 in a huge upset in the Spokane Region of the NCAA playoffs tonight. The top-seeded Cardinal were expected to contend for the national championship but No. 4 seed Georgia put an end to that dream by forcing Stanford into taking tough shots. Despite having scoring droughts of their own, Georgia was able to limit Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike to eight points in the second half, after she exploded for 18 first-half points.
Ogwumike delivered, but her supporting cast couldn’t come through, as Georgia’s defense harassed Stanford into shooting only 38 percent from the field, 29 percent in the pivotal second half. Amber Orrange added 17 points for Stanford, but on 7-of-24 shooting. Ogwumike grabbed 12 rebounds, while Orrange and Sara James had eight rebounds each.
George was led by Jasmine James (16 points), Jasmine Haswell (13 points), and Tiara Griffin (13 points). Hassell scored six of her points in the final 3 minutes to close out the Cardinal. Shacobia Barbee secured 12 rebounds, and Anne Marie Armstrong grabbed 10 rebounds. James dished out five assists and had three steals.
James was fouled with 23.5 seconds left, and she made both free throws to give Georgia a 60 – 56 lead. Tinkle made a 3-point shot with 5.1 seconds left to cut the deficit to 1. After the inbounds pass, Barbee was fouled with 0.8 seconds left, and she made one of two free throws for the final score.
The Lady Bulldogs advance to the Elite Eight and play the winner of California / LSU game.