Rather than design a play for the final seven seconds, Georgia Coach Andy Landers told his shooters to get the ball to one of the senior guards.
Alexis Kendrick took the ball the length of the court before hitting a short jumper, her only basket, with one second left as the No. 8 Lady Bulldogs rallied for a 92-91 victory over visiting Santa Clara last night.
"I just drew up our press offense," Landers said. "Whether it was Alexis or Sherill Baker, I told them they had plenty of time to go the length of the floor. I wanted whoever had the ball to take it as deep as she could."
Kendrick said she saw teammates Cori Chambers and Tasha Humphrey out of the corner of her eye.
"But it looked wide open, so I decided to go for it," she said.
Humphrey scored a career-high 38 points for the Lady Bulldogs (1-1), who took the lead for the first time with 3 minutes 5 seconds left on Humphrey's three-point play.
After Humphrey's free throw gave Georgia an 85-82 lead, Kayla Huss hit a three-pointer seconds later to tie the score for Santa Clara (0-1). Michelle Cozad, who matched her career high with 34 points, put the Broncos up 89-87 with 1:38 left, and Kendrick hit a pair of free throws at 1:24 to tie the game again.
Humphrey made a free throw to give Georgia a one-point lead, then blocked a layup attempt by Tracey Walker. Georgia then ran the shot clock down before Humphrey missed a short jumper in the lane.
Cozad grabbed the rebound and was fouled and hit both shots, setting up the opportunity for Kendrick's heroics.
* DUKE 93, PENN STATE 67: Freshman Abby Waner scored 15 points, Alison Bales added 15 points and nine rebounds, and the No. 1 Blue Devils used their stifling defense to pull away in the second half in State College, Pa.
Waner, one of the top recruits in the nation, led the Blue Devils (1-0) on a 12-2 run to break open an 11-point halftime lead. Waner hit a couple three-pointers, threw some nice passes in transition and energized the Blue Devils on defense. She had six assists and six steals in her collegiate debut.
Kamela Gissendanner led Penn State (0-1) with 19 points while Brown had 13 points before fouling out. The Lady Lions shot just 31 percent (17 of 55) and lost at home for the first time since Dec. 21, 2003 -- a span of 21 games.
* BAYLOR 93, UCLA 85: Sophia Young scored 26 points and Angela Tisdale added 23 as the No. 6 Bears extended their winning streak to a school-record 22 games. Baylor played its home opener in front of 9,065 fans, the largest opening-game crowd in school history.
* NORTH CAROLINA 86, DAVIDSON 48: Ivory Latta had a game-high 20 points and seven assists, and Erlana Larkins added 12 points to lead the No. 7 Tar Heels in their season opener at home.
* MICHIGAN ST. 86, UC SANTA BARBARA 55: Liz Shimek scored a career-high 26 points to lead the No. 10 Spartans in their season opener at home.
* NEW MEXICO 76, TEXAS 68: Dionne Marsh scored 24 points and the Lobos handed the No. 12 Longhorns a rare home loss. New Mexico (3-1) trailed 35-32 at halftime, but rallied by shooting 61 percent in the second half.
* TEXAS TECH 85, SE MISSOURI STATE 56: Erin Grant scored 23 points to lead the No. 13 Red Raiders (1-1) at home.
* NOTRE DAME 55, MICHIGAN 45: Charel Allen scored 16 points and Lindsay Schrader had 10 points and 14 rebounds in her college debut as the host No. 15 Fighting Irish (1-0) gave Coach Muffet McGraw her 500th career victory.
* DEPAUL 97, HARVARD 52: Jenna Rubino scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting to lead the No. 18 Demon Deacons (1-0) at home.
* PURDUE 85, BUTLER 59: Freshman Jodi Howell scored nine of her 14 points during a 28-5 first-half run, leading the No. 19 Boilermakers (1-0) at home.
* N.C. STATE 76, UNC GREENSBORO 46: Khadijah Whittington had a career-high 21 points and 16 rebounds, helping the No. 23 Wolfpack in its season opener at home.