Duke 66, Georgia 63
Iciss Tillis scored 21 points and freshman Mistie Bass had 10 straight points to spark a second-half run by top-seeded Duke in a 66-63 win tonight over Georgia in the semifinals of the Midwest Region.
Duke (34-1) will meet the winner of the late New Mexico-Texas Tech game in the regional final on Monday, with the winner advancing to the Final Four.
The Blue Devils overcame some shakiness on offense and a rare off night by all-American guard Alana Beard to win their 14th straight game. Beard finished with 12 points.
Marquita Driskell scored 16 points to lead No. 5 seed Georgia (21-10), which suited up just eight players. Christi Thomas added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs.
Georgia's Ebony Felder made it a three-point game with a layup with 42 seconds remaining and Duke couldn't get off a shot before the 30-second clock expired with 10 seconds left. But Duke guard Sheana Mosch stole the ball from Alexis Kendrick with four seconds left and the Blue Devils ran out the clock.
Duke trailed 44-41 with 10 minutes 56 seconds left when Bass, scoreless in the first half, hit a short jumper, back-to-back layups, a pair of free throws and another layup to put Duke in front for good at 51-46.
But a three-pointer by Mary Beth Lycett got Georgia within 64-61 with 1:22 left. Beard then hit a short jumper in the lane with 53 seconds remaining.
Beard passed up open shots and was content to let her teammates do most of the scoring. Aside from Tillis, who was 9 for 16, the Blue Devils struggled. They hit 26 of 63 shots and have not scored more than 66 points in three tournament wins.
Beard, who had scored 46 points in Duke's first two wins, didn't attempt a field goal for the first 111/2 minutes. Her three-pointer with 2:33 left in the half gave the Blue Devils their first lead at 26-25 and finished a 10-0 run.