ATHENS, Georgia (Ticker) -- Deana Nolan scored 20 points and top seed Georgia overcame a sluggish first half and clinched its fifth trip to the regional semifinals in six seasons with an 83-64 victory over No. 9 Stanford in a West Region contest.
Georgia, which fell to Stanford, 82-47, in the 1997 West Region final, improved to 19-1 at home in the NCAA Tournament, including 12 straight wins. It will face North Carolina in the "Sweet 16" on Saturday in Portland, Oregon.
Although the Lady Bulldogs shot just 36 percent (12-of-33) in the first half, they still led, 30-20. They put it overdrive after halftime, shooting 56 percent (23-of-41) from the field.
"We got people open on offense and when you get people open on this team they knock it down," said Georgia coach Andy Landers, who is one win from becoming the fifth coach to reach 600 (599-172). "I am really pleased with our basketball team after these first two games." Jamie Carey drilled two free throws to close Stanford's deficit to 52-41 with 13:18 left. But Georgia used a 25-14 run over the next eight minutes to open a 77-55 lead and cruised to its 17th win in 18 contests.
Nolan scored eight points during that spurt and Tawana McDonald added six. All-American Kelly Miller had four points, including a pair of free throws to close the run.
Coco Miller scored 19 points and McDonald and Shala Crawford added 14 apiece as Georgia set a school record for wins in a season, surpassing the 1983-84 squad (30-3) and the 1985-86 team (30-2).
Nolan was 10-of-16 from the field to help the Lady Bulldogs shoot 47 percent (35-of-74) overall.
Carey scored 15 points with Carolyn Moos and Milena Flores adding 12 apiece for the Cardinal, who have not reached the regional semifinals since 1997. They shot just 39 percent (22-of-56) from the floor and 15-of-16 from the line.
"Georgia has the talent to be a national championship team," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "They do a lot of the little things well and they executed very well tonight." .