Georgia advances to second round of NCAA tourney
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IOWA CITY, Ia. – The No. 10 seeded University of Georgia women’s basketball team defeated the No. 7 seeded Florida State Seminoles, 66-54, in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Friday afternoon.
The Lady Bulldogs will face the winner of No. 2 seeded Iowa and No. 15 seeded Southeastern Louisiana on March 19 in the second round with the time to be announced.
Fifth-year Diamond Battles led Georgia (22-11) in scoring with 21 points. Senior Javyn Nicholson worked in the paint, grabbing 13 rebounds. Senior Alisha Lewis had a team-leading five steals while fifth-year Audrey Warren contributed five assists.
Georgia and Florida State (23-10) traded baskets to open the first frame. The Seminoles used an 8-2 run to build a 18-11 lead. A triple from Battles cut Florida State’s lead to four heading into the second quarter.
Eight points from the Lady Bulldogs gave Georgia a one-point lead, 21-20, midway through the second quarter. Using an 8-2 run of their own, the Lady Bulldogs built a 31-26 lead. A jumper from Zoesha Smith closed the first half as Georgia carried a five-point lead, 35-30, into the locker room.
Six points from the Seminoles cut Georgia’s lead to one with less than five minutes remaining in the third frame, 39-38. Four points from Smith boosted the Lady Bulldogs back to a five-point lead as Georgia held a 45-40 lead going into the final quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs ripped 12 straight points to open the fourth quarter and built a 17-point lead. Three Battles free throws and a layup from Nicholson gave Georgia its final 66-54 advantage.