DALLAS (AP) _ Katie Gearlds extended her career at Purdue and
now has a chance to finally make it to the N-C-A-A Final Four.
Not wanting her career to end yet, Gearlds had 30 points, nine
rebounds and helped Purdue overcome a big early deficit to beat
Georgia 78-to-65 tonight and earn a spot in the Dallas Regional
Purdue (31-5) won its tenth straight game, all since Gearlds had
impromptu meetings with her teammates and first-year coach Sharon
Versyp, who in the mid-1980s was also a four-year starter at the
The Boilermakers next play North Carolina or George Washington
on Tuesday in their first regional final since 2003, which came two
years after they were national runner-ups.
Georgia (27-7) was in the round of 16 for the fifth straight
season, but it was the fourth time in that stretch the Lady
Bulldogs didn't advance past that.
The Bulldogs missed becoming the fourth Southeastern Conference
team to advance to a regional final this season -- even after
scoring the game's first eight points and jumping out to a 13-point
lead midway through the first half.
Wisdom-Hylton had 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting and nine
rebounds, while Danielle Campbell had eleven points. Gearlds was
10-of-16 shooting with four three-pointers.
Tasha Humphrey had 20 points to lead Georgia.
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