Jasmine Hassell scored 6 of her 13 points in the final three minutes and fourth-seeded Georgia beat top-seeded Stanford, 61-59, Saturday night to reach the NCAA women’s regional final for the first time since 2004.
Georgia overcame three major scoring droughts, including falling behind, 9-0, to oust the No. 1 seed from the Spokane (Wash.) Regional and end Stanford’s hopes of reaching the Final Four for the sixth straight year.
Jasmine James led Georgia (28-6) with 16 points, including a pair of free throws with 23.5 seconds left that gave the Lady Bulldogs a 60-56 lead. It’s the 11th trip to the regional final for coach Andy Landers in his long tenure at Georgia.
‘‘As we came down the stretch, our players, I think figured out that they could make some plays and really did a nice job,’’ Landers said. ‘‘I think the thing that’s so good about the comeback and going ahead is that each one of those five players did something that was really significant as we did that. And they did something really significant on each end of the floor.’’
Chiney Ogwumike led Stanford (33-3) with 26 points, but was held to 8 points in the second half.
Tiaria Griffin scored 13 points, and Shacobia Barbee added 9 as the Lady Bulldogs turned in another superb defensive effort to stymie Stanford and ruin any hopes of a Pac-12 showdown with No. 2 seed California in the regional final.
On Monday night, Georgia will play for a trip to the Final Four against the winner of Saturday’s late game in Spokane — either the Golden Bears or No. 6 seed LSU. Georgia has not made the Final Four since 1999. Georgia reached the round of 16 in 2005-07 and 2010-11, only to get ousted at that stage each time, including a 73-36 loss to Stanford in 2010.
Amber Orrange added 17 points for Stanford, but was only 7 of 24 from the field. The Cardinal shot 29 percent in the second half and struggled to find open looks for Ogwumike, who was dominant with 18 points in the first half. Ogwumike didn’t have enough of a supporting cast. Second-leading scorer Joslyn Tinkle struggled with foul trouble and finished with 5 points.
Kentucky 69, Delaware 62 — Jennifer O’Neill scored 19 points and A’dia Mathies added 16 to help Kentucky hold off the Blue Hens in a Bridgeport Regional semifinal, bringing to an end the stellar career of Elena Delle Donne.
It’s the second straight season that Kentucky (30-5) has advanced to the regional final and will play UConn. The top-seeded Huskies beat Maryland, 76-50, Saturday in the second game. UConn beat Kentucky by 15 points last year.
‘‘When we were here last year and go back and watch those games, I think we’re more talented than the team last year,’’ Mitchell said. ‘‘If we play really hard and make shots, we can beat either team.’’
Kentucky withstood a Delaware rally led by Delle Donne, who had 33 points for Delaware (32-4) and ended as the fifth all-time leading scorer in NCAA history with 3,039 points. She passed former stars Cheryl Miller, Chamique Holdsclaw, and Maya Moore on Saturday. Delle Donne finished short of Jackie Stiles’s all-time scoring mark of 3,393 set at Southwest Missouri State from 1998-2001.