2001 NCAA Women's Tourney

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NCAA Basketball Scoreboard: Recap
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Missouri 78, Georgia 65
Posted: Sunday March 18, 2001 03:14 PM
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ATHENS, Georgia (Ticker) -- Missouri pulled off the first major upset of the women's NCAA Tournament, stunning host and No. 2 seed Georgia, 78-65, in an East Region second-round game.

Amanda Lassiter scored 22 points and Marlena Williams added 19 for the Tigers (22-9), who improved to just 4-6 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.

Missouri, a No. 10 seed, will take on either Texas Christian or Louisiana Tech in the "Sweet 16" in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

The Tigers advanced despite shooting just 39 percent (26-of-66) from the field. They made 7-of-19 3-pointers and 19-of-27 foul shots.

Four of Georgia's five starters reached double figures, led by Deanna Nolan's 22 points and Tawana McDonald's 16. Kelly Miller and Coco Miller contributed 11 and 10, respectively. But the Lady Bulldogs were just 2-of-7 from beyond the arc and hit only 7-of-13 free throws.

Georgia, the Southeastern Conference champion, has appeared in 18 of 20 NCAA Tournaments, with five Final Four appearances.

Missouri only led, 35-33, at halftime but the Tigers took control early in the second half, opening a 57-44 lead on Evan Unrau's layup with 8:52 remaining.

Georgia closed to 57-52 on McDonald's follow with 5:59 to play. Missouri responded with eight straight points to go up 65-52 on Williams' two foul shots with 3:31 remaining.


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