If you missed it late last night . . .
Georgia’s women’s basketball team reached the Sweet 16.
The Lady Bulldogs defeated Oklahoma State 74-71 in overtime in Tempe, Ariz., to reach the regional semifinals for the 18th time in 27 NCAA Tournament appearances under coach Andy Landers. Only two programs, Tennessee and Louisiana Tech, have reached more Sweet 16s in the tournament’s history than UGA.
Georgia (25-8) will play No. 1 seed Stanford on Saturday in Sacramento (time TBA).
UGA freshman Jasmine James came up big in overtime Monday night, scoring 14 of Georgia’s 19 points in the extra period. She hit her only two 3-pointers of the night and went 8-for-8 from the free-throw line in OT to finish the game with a career-high 27 points.
Here’s Landers’ overview of the win, from a transcript of his postgame press conference:
“The game was much as we thought it would be. Very hard fought. They didn’t back down, nor did we, so it was a very competitive game from beginning to end. I was pleasantly surprised by our start, the way we blew out to that 9, 10 point lead, and thankful for it, because everything after that was very, very hard to come by. Momentum changed; kids on either team stepped up and made plays that changed that momentum. Two things that were constant for Georgia were our defense and our rebounding. We stayed the course with that all night long, and in the end that would carry us, along with some playmaking from both Jasmine James and Meredith Mitchell. . . . As always, [Ashley] Houts just stays behind the wheel and steers us in the direction we need to go. Hats off to Oklahoma State. They’re a very good basketball team and a team that competed extremely hard tonight.”
More details on the game are here.
Georgia completes the first one-third of spring football practice today, with practice No. 5 out of 15. Check back for updates from Butts-Mehre in late afternoon.
The Dogs practice four times this week –- today, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
By the way, for those who have asked, admission to the April 10 G-Day game is free again this year.
And if you missed it, after all the talk about the 3-4 defense, here’s a story on the 3-4 offense: Ealey and King.
Former UGA defensive lineman and professional wrestler Bill Goldberg will be inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in Commack. N.Y., on April 18.
He played at UGA from 1985-89, and his 348 career tackles rank ninth on Georgia’s all-time list.
Goldberg retired from pro football after a season-ending injury in 1994, then entered pro wrestling.