|Tasha Humphrey drives to the basket as Iowa State's Nicky Wieben tries to slow her down. (JIM MONE/ASSOCIATED PRESS)|
Georgia blasts past Iowa State
Maybe Georgia was saving all of its offense for the second round.
Cori Chambers scored all 18 of her points in a perfect first-half performance, leading the third-seeded Lady Bulldogs to a 76-56 victory over Iowa State in the Dallas Regional last night at Minneapolis.
Tasha Humphrey had 21 points and seven rebounds for Georgia (27-6), which shot 61 percent and made eight 3-pointers in the first half to advance to the school's 17th regional semifinal and fifth in a row.
Lyndsey Medders had 11 points and nine assists for sixth-seeded Iowa State (26-9), which trailed by 25 midway through the first half and couldn't compete with Georgia's quickness and physical defensive play.
After shooting just 32 percent in an ugly 53-36 victory over Belmont in the first round, Georgia couldn't miss early last night.
The Lady Bulldogs missed just twice in the first nine minutes and went 6 for 6 from 3-point range to bury Iowa State.
Chambers hit all seven of her field goals, including four 3-pointers, in the first 20 minutes as Georgia just kept coming.
The stunned Cyclones were no match. They committed six turnovers in the first eight minutes and were down, 29-4, before they caught their breath.
Geo. Wash. 59, Texas A&M 47 -- With star post player Jessica Adair on the bench for much of the game and a step slow when she was in it, the Colonials won with smallball.
Kimberly Beck scored 18 points and made a 3-pointer that put the game away with 1:40 to play and fellow guard Sarah-Jo Lawrence added 12 points as the Colonials won at Los Angeles.
It is the first time in five straight trips to the tournament that the Colonials (28-3) have made it to the round of 16.
The 6-foot-4-inch Adair picked up her fourth foul with 15:02 to play and sat out nearly nine minutes. She had 10 points and 5 rebounds after getting 15 points and a career-high 21 rebounds in a first round win over Boise State.
Purdue 76, Georgia Tech 63 -- Katie Gearlds led the second-seeded Boilermakers with 26 points at Minneapolis.
Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton added 18 points and 10 rebounds for Purdue (30-5), which will play third-seeded Georgia Sunday.
Stephanie Higgs scored 27 points for the Yellow Jackets.