Georgia advances with 83-57 win over UNC
Posted: Sunday April 02, 2000 09:09 PM
PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Andy Landers became the fifth coach in women's college basketball to reach 600 wins as top-seeded Georgia pulled away early in the second half and cruised to an 83-57 rout of No. 5 seed North Carolina in the West Region semifinals.
Georgia (32-3) advanced to the regional finals for the fifth time in six seasons and will face either Rutgers or UAB on Monday for a Final Four berth.
In his 21st season with the Lady Bulldogs, Landers is the only full-time coach the program has ever known and is 600-172 in 25 seasons overall. He is 518-151 with Georgia and compiled an 82-21 mark in four seasons at Roane State.
"This game was somewhat like many games this year," Landers said. "We've been consistent and I thought we were consistent tonight. We played tough and played hard against and a tough North Carolina team." The only other coaches to reach 600 victories are Pat Summitt of Tennessee, Jody Conradt of Texas, C. Vivian Stringer of Rutgers and Sue Gunter of Louisiana State.
By reaching the mark in his 772nd game, Landers becomes the third-quickest to 600. Summitt needed 734 games to hit the milestone and Conradt took 753.
The Lady Bulldogs used a 21-8 run to open a 62-39 lead with 11:09 left and cruised to their 18th triumph in 19 games. All-American Kelly Miller scored six points in the spurt and twin sister Coco added five.
Tawana McDonald had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Coco Miller scored 17 points and Shala Crawford added 16 off the bench for the Lady Bulldogs, who shot 47 percent (28-of-60) from the field. Kelly Miller grabbed 12 rebounds as Georgia held a 48-42 advantage on the glass.
Georgia, which reached the Final Four last season, won its sixth straight contest in the regional semifinals and improved to 5-0 all time against North Carolina (20-13).
The Lady Bulldogs had all the answers for the Tar Heels' dynamic frontcourt duo of Nikki Teasley and LaQuanda Barksdale. Both players scored just six points, with Teasley shooting 3-of-19 and Barksdale 3-of-13 before fouling out.
"We made them shoot for the most part from the outside," Landers added. "North Carolina is a very good offensive rebounding team and we followed our defensive play with some rebounding which separated us today." North Carolina shot just 32 percent (24-of-75) overall and 28 percent (11-of-39) in the second half. Teasley misfired on all eight of her 3-pointers as the Tar Heels shot 3-of-14 from behind the arc.
"I didn't come out and expect to play like this," Teasley said. "I've been anxious to play this game since Tuesday. I missed some easy layups, but I'm still motivated and I'll make some changes in my game and come back again." Juana Brown had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Jackie Higgins scored 14 points for North Carolina, which was playing in the "Sweet 16" for the fourth straight season. It has not won in this round since topping Illinois two years ago.