Auburn 68, Georgia 65
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Auburn’s Mae Ola Bolton hit a tie-breaking basket with eight seconds left, and Georgia lost its chance at a final shot when a technical foul was called, as the Lady Tigers beat the Lady Bulldogs 67-65 in an NCAA women’s Mideast Regional semifinal game Thursday night.
Auburn advances to play Maryland, which beat Ohio State 81-66 earlier in the evening, Saturday night in the regional finals.
Auburn and Georgia exchanged leads throughout the close game. The teams were tied 29-29 at the half.
Auburn built a lead of 51-46 with 11:59 to go, but Georgia began chipping away and tied the game at 55-55 when Sherelle Warren hit a free throw.
The game was tied for the last time at 65-65 when Georgia’s Carla Green made a basket with 42 seconds left.
After Bolton’s basket put Auburn ahead, Georgia’s Tammye Jenkins got the ball and was surrounded by three Auburn players. The ball was knocked away, and in the scuffle to gain possession the officials called a jump ball.
But Georgia Coach Andy Landers began arguing with the officials, saying a foul should have been called on Auburn. He was assessed a technical, and Diane McNeil made the foul shot to ice the game.
Bolton led all scorers with 23 points. Her sister, Ruthie Bolton, added 12 for Auburn, 30-2.
Georgia, 21-10, was led by Warren with 21 points.