WBB: Iowa State Rally Comes Up Short Vs. Georgia In NCAA Second Round

Georgia Lady Bulldogs guard Krista Donald (15) grabs the loose ball from Iowa State Cyclones guard Nikki Moody (4) during the second round of the 2013 NCAA womens basketball tournament at McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports


By Grant Burkhardt

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Shacobia Barbee scored 20 points, including a key 3-pointer with 2:03 left, and No. 4 seed Georgia held off Iowa State's furious second-half rally for a 65-60 win over the Cyclones in the second round of the NCAA women's tournament Monday night.

A year after getting upset in the first round by Marist, Georgia is back in the round of 16 for the 20th time in school history. The Lady Bulldogs will face No. 1 seed Stanford or eighth-seeded Michigan in the regional semifinals across town at the Spokane Arena on Saturday night.

Anne Marie Armstrong added 13 points for the Lady Bulldogs, who blew a 14-point lead with 9 minutes remaining then scored 13 of the final 17 points after the fifth-seeded Cyclones took the lead.

Anna Prins led Iowa State with 23 points, but the Cyclones (24-9) couldn't overcome going more than 11 minutes of the second half with just one field goal.

Iowa State put a scare into the Lady Bulldogs. Having scored just five points and falling behind 51-37, the Cyclones went on a 19-1 run to take a 56-52 lead with 2:30 left after the 6-foot-7 Prins knocked down her second 3-pointer of the game.

But Georgia's response was just as good. Barbee and Armstrong hit consecutive 3s to retake the lead, and Hallie Christofferson hit a 3 for Iowa State to take a 59-58 lead, but Armstrong scored underneath with 57 seconds left to give Georgia the lead for good.

Georgia had only two players in double figures, but got contributions from throughout its roster. The Lady Bulldogs entered the night ranked 208th nationally averaging just 4.4 3-pointers per game, but knocked down a season-high 12 as they tried to combat the Cyclones superior height advantage. Leading scorer Jasmine Hassell went scoreless for the first 27 minutes before scoring all seven of her points in the second half.

Barbee made 7 of 14 shots, including a trio of 3s.

Chelsea Poppens added 14 points and 17 rebounds for Iowa State and Christofferson finished with 12 points.

Georgia started the second half on a 10-2 run as Iowa State went more than 7 minutes without a field goal. Hassell finally scored to give Georgia a 42-34 lead with 13:02 left.

Iowa State missed its first seven shots of the second half and committed three turnovers before Prins scored on a hook in the lane with 12:44 left. But Georgia responded with nine of the next 10 points to take its biggest lead at 51-37 with 8:55 left after Tiaria Griffin's 3-pointer.

Then the Cyclones rallied, pulling within 52-49 after consecutive 3s from Poppens and Christofferson with 4:55 remaining. Prins scored in the lane to get within one and moments later Moody scored on an layup to give Iowa State its first lead since midway through the first half with 3:13 left. Prins hit a 3 and Iowa State led by four, but Georgia answered with consecutive 3s by Barbee and Armstrong to go up 58-56.

Christofferson hit another 3 for Iowa State, but Armstrong scored underneath with 57 seconds left to put Georgia up 60-59. Moody then missed a challenged shot in the lane and a jump-ball call gave possession to the Lady Bulldogs with 30.6 seconds left.

Barbee split free throws to put Georgia up by two and Prins missed a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left. Barbee made two free throws and after Poppens split a pair, James got open for a breakaway layup to clinch the win.

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