As of Tuesday, April 2, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Georgia's Jasmine Hassell (12) tries to get by California Golden Bears forward Kyra Dunn (33) during Monday night's Elite 8 game.
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Layshia Clarendon scored 25 points and the second-seeded California Lady Golden Bears rallied from a 10-point deficit late in regulation at the NCAA Tournament Spokane (Wash.) Regional final to beat Georgia, 65-62, in regulation.
Afure Jemerigbe contributed 14 points and eight rebounds and Talia Caldwell finished with 10 points and eight boards for California (32-3), which will play second-seeded Tennessee or No. 5 Louisville in the program's first Final Four on Sunday in New Orleans.
Shacobia Barbee scored 14 points, Anne Marie Armstrong had 12 points and Jasmine James finished with 11 after fouling out with 2:20 left in regulation for fourth-seeded Georgia (28-7). Jasmine Hassell, the Lady Bulldogs' leading scorer and rebounder, picked up her third foul in the opening minute of the second half before finishing with seven points and five rebounds.
The Golden Bears missed 17 of their first 18 field-goal attempts, but it was Georgia who was cold at the end of regulation, missing 10 straight shots to let a 10-point lead with 6:45 remaining slip away. Armstrong scored off an offensive rebound with seven seconds left to force overtime.
Khaalidah Miller sank a 3-point 24 seconds into overtime to give the Lady Bulldogs a three-point lead, but Caldwell, Brittany Boyd, Jemerigbe and Clarendon combined to score nine unanswered points and the Golden Bears held on for their second overtime win of the tournament.