James scored 14 of her career-high 27 points in overtime to lead fifth-seeded Georgia to a 74-71 victory over No. 4 seed Oklahoma State on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA women's tournament.
Andrea Riley, the nation's No. 3 scorer at 26.6 points per game, returned from a one-game suspension to score 31 for Oklahoma State. Her attempt for a game-tying 3-pointer banked off the rim at the buzzer.
Angel Robinson had 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs (25-8), who advanced to the NCAA regional semifinals for the 18th time under coach Andy Landers. Georgia will face No. 1 seed Stanford on Saturday in Sacramento.
James made her only two 3-pointers of the night, after going 0-for-7 in regulation, and was 8 of 8 at the foul line in the extra session. Tegan Cunningham scored 25 for the Cowgirls (24-11) before fouling out in the overtime.
Ashley Houts, Georgia's senior point guard and an 82 percent free throw shooter this season, missed two from the line with 11.2 seconds left to give Oklahoma State a shot at tying the game. Of course, Riley would be the one to shoot. With two defenders hounding her, she let fly from a few steps beyond midcourt and the ball bounced off the glass and the front of the rim.
Riley was 9 of 31 shooting, 2 of 10 on 3-pointers, in her final collegiate game. She was suspended from Oklahoma State's first-round game against Chattanooga for slapping an opponent in the back of the head in the NCAA tournament two years ago.
Only one field goal was made by either team in the final 7½ minutes of regulation, Riley's 15-footer that tied it at 55-55 with 1:20 to play, Oklahoma State.
James missed a 15-footer with 15 seconds left, Riley got the last shot. But her open 16-foot attempt bounced off the rim - her 20th miss in 26 tries - and the game went to overtime.
There were 12 ties and 13 lead changes in the second half and overtime.
James was 7 of 21 from the field, but 2 of 2 in the overtime, both of them 3s. She also grabbed 10 rebounds, three in overtime.
Her first 3-pointer put Georgia up 58-57 and her second, nothing but net from the top of the key, gave the Lady Bulldogs the lead for good 63-61 with 2:08 to play. After an Oklahoma State miss, James got the rebound and was fouled, beginning her parade to the foul line. By the time she had made her eighth straight, Georgia led 71-64 with 25.1 seconds to play.
But Riley scored on a drive, then made a 3-pointer to cut it to 72-69 with 11.3 seconds to play. Meredith Mitchell and Robinson each made one of two free throws to make it 74-69, then Riley wrapped up her scoring with two free throws that cut the lead to 74-71 with 6.6 seconds left.
Georgia shot 33 percent for the game, Oklahoma State 30 percent.
STANFORD 96, IOWA 67
In Stanford, Calif., Rosalyn Gold-Onwude hit a career-high seven 3-pointers on the way to a career-best 26 points as top-seeded Stanford shot a sizzling 68.8 percent in the first half and rolled into the Sacramento Regional semifinals with a victory over eighth-seeded Iowa.
Gold-Onwude knew this game was going to be about the guards and 3-point shooting -- and the Cardinal made their first nine shots from long range before JJ Hones' miss 3:21 before halftime.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in Stanford's 24th victory in a row since its lone loss at undefeated defending champion Connecticut on Dec. 23.
GONZAGA 72, TEXAS A&M 71
In Seattle, Vivian Frieson scored 23 points, including the game-winning 12-footer with 17 seconds left, to lead Gonzaga to an upset over second-seeded Texas A&M.
Texas A&M went ahead on Tanisha Smith's baseline drive with 37 seconds left while being fouled. But Smith fell hard on her hip and missed the ensuing free throw.
With West Coast Conference MVP Courtney Vandersloot having fouled out, the Bulldogs (29-4) went to Frieson, their senior leader. She drove left of the lane and pulled up for her eighth basket of the game.
KANSAS CITY REGIONAL
KENTUCKY 70, MICHIGAN STATE 52
In Louisville, Ky., Victoria Dunlap scored 21 points to lead fourth-seeded Kentucky into the regional semifinals for the first time in 28 years with a victory over fifth-seeded Michigan State.
The Wildcats (27-7) moved on behind a dominant second half and a suffocating defense that held the Spartans (23-10) to 35 percent shooting while forcing 18 turnovers.
FLORIDA STATE 66, ST. JOHN'S 65 (OT)
In Tallahassee, Fla., Jacinta Monroe scored with 28.9 seconds left in overtime to put Florida State ahead for good, and the third-seeded Seminoles got one last stop to beat sixth-seeded St. John's.
Monroe finished with 16 points, including the last four of regulation for Florida State (28-5).
TENNESSEE 92, DAYTON 64
In Knoxville, Tenn., Alicia Manning scored a career-high 17 points and had 10 rebounds to help No. 1-seeded Tennessee beat eighth-seeded Dayton in the second round.
Tennessee (32-2) will make its 28th appearance in the regional semifinals, this time playing 350 miles from home in Memphis.
Justine Raterman led the Flyers with 17 points.
DUKE 60, LSU 52
In Durham, N.C., Jasmine Thomas scored 15 points to help Duke pull away late and beat LSU.
Bridgette Mitchell scored 12 points for the Blue Devils (29-5), who went ahead to stay on Thomas' layup with 31/2 minutes left. The typically sure-handed Tigers (21-10) matched a season high with 22 turnovers and had one field goal in the final four minutes.
Allison Hightower had 19 points and LaSondra Barrett added 12 for LSU (21-10).