- Michelle Smith, Contributor, espnW.com
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SPOKANE, Wash. -- Quick reaction to Georgia's 61-59 win over Stanford:
Overview: A defensive chess match for much of the night, Georgia went on an 8-0 run through a key stretch in the middle of the second half to take the lead. The Lady Bulldogs bottled up Stanford star Chiney Ogwumike in the second half, holding her to eight points. Stanford's offense couldn't make up the difference.
Turning point: Stanford was down 58-56 with 51 seconds to go and looked to have a great chance to score on their next offensive possession. Ogwumike passed into Joslyn Tinkle, who had her defender one-on-one. The ball sailed through Tinkle's hands and out of bounds. Georgia ended up sending Jasmine James to the line for two more points that put the Cardinal in a four-point hole with 23.5 seconds to go. Tinkle tried to recoup with a long 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left, but the Cardinal couldn't regain possession and take a last shot for the win.
Key player: Jasmine Hassell, held to four quiet points in the first half, had a key second-half effort on both ends of the floor. She toughened her defense on Ogwumike and scored some of the biggest baskets down the stretch, including a run of three in a row in the final three minutes in the paint.
Key stat: Despite matching Stanford on the offensive boards 15-15, Georgia was better able to convert, outscoring the Cardinal on second-chance points 15-9.
What's next: Georgia advances to play the winner of Cal-LSU in the Elite Eight.
Stanford finishes its season at 33-3.
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