ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Christi Thomas, Alexis Kendrick and Ebony Felder each scored 17 points as Georgia beat Rutgers 74-64 in the second round of the Midwest Regional on Monday night.
The fifth-seeded Lady Bulldogs advanced to the round of 16 for the 13th time. They will face the winner of Tuesday’s game between Duke and Utah in the regional semifinals Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.
Georgia (21-9) likely will be without starting guard Sherrill Baker, who left early in the second half with a separated right shoulder. The Lady Bulldogs have been without leading scorer Kara Braxton since February when coach Andy Landers kicked her off the team for violating unspecified team rules.
Georgia led by as many as 12, but fourth-seeded Rutgers went on a 27-17 run, ending with Chelsea Newton’s lay-in with 4:01 remaining and cutting the Lady Bulldogs’ lead to 54-52.
Newton, who led Rutgers (21-8) with 19 points, was one of four Scarlet Knights to foul out. Cappie Pondexter scored 15 points but fouled out with 46 seconds remaining and Georgia leading 69-60.
After Mauri Horton was called for her fifth foul with 2:20 remaining, Scarlet Knights coach Vivian Stringer was called for a technical foul before the clock restarted.
The Lady Bulldogs led 60-54 when their possession began, and Kendrick hit each of the ensuing four free throws to give Georgia a 10-point lead. Rutgers never got within eight the rest of the way.
Georgia, which was called for 10 fouls, outscored the Scarlet Knights 29-7 at the free-throw line. Rutgers was called for 27 fouls.