Sunday, March 21, 1999


Miller knows way to San Jose

Enquirer Contributor

        Kelly Miller was everywhere for Georgia on Saturday afternoon. And immediately after Bulldogs finished off a 67-54 win over Clemson in the NCAA Mideast Regional semifinals at the Shoemaker Center, Miller gathered her teammates at center court. As the group broke their huddle, they yelled “San Jose,” the site of this year's Final Four.

        Miller, a sophomore guard, led Georgia with 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the Bulldogs abandoned their normal up-tempo game for a more conservative attack that has them within one game of reaching their goal. UGA (26-6) will play Iowa State on Monday at the Shoemaker Center for the trip to San Jose.

        Georgia got off to a slow, foul-plagued start but turned things around with zone defense and a more patient offense. “We were able to switch from man to zone and save ourselves and avoid fouls, and that en abled us to play,” said Georgia coach Andy Landers.

        The foul woes began almost immediately for UGA. With 16:19 left in the period, 6-foot-4 center Tawana McDonald picked up her second foul. Three seconds later, 6-foot-3 forward Angie Ball got whistled for her second, putting two Bulldog starting post players on the bench in less than four minutes.

        Clemson took advantage of the smaller Bulldog team to get the ball inside, enabling the Tigers to build a 14-9 lead with 12:24 left in the first half. Georgia then went to the zone to cut off the interior game of Clemson.


        The teams swapped leads through the middle of the second half, but Georgia took control during the final 10 minutes. Pam Irwin-Osbult gave the Bulldogs the lead for good with a baseline jumper, 45-44, with 10:34 to go. That started a 14-2 Georgia run over eight minutes.

        Clemson had opportunities in the second half, but was unable to shoot well over the zone.

        “I thought we would execute better in the half court,” Clem son coach Jim Davis said. “They gave us the outside shots, we just didn't hit them.”

        The Tigers shot 33 percent from the field in the game.

        The Bulldogs shot 37 percent from the field in the game, but hit 46 percent of their second half shots.

        McDonald was limited to 15 minutes of play after picking up her fourth foul four minutes into the second half, but she still ended with 12 points.

        Ball pulled down six rebounds in just 19 minutes of play.

        “The Sweet 16 wasn't enough for us as far as I was concerned,” Davis said. “We just couldn't find the consistency it takes to get to the big house.”

        GEORGIA (26-6) — Irwin-Osbolt 4-9 1-2 10, Ball 1-4 1-3 3, McDonald 6-9 0-0 12, K.Miller 7-15 6-6 22, C.Miller 0-7 0-0 0, Brown 1-2 2-2 4, Vishniakova 1-4 8-13 10, Nolan 2-9 2-2 6, Willis 0-0 0-0 0, Murphy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-59 20-28 67.

        CLEMSON (26-6) — Blassingame 2-5 0-1 4, Anderson 5-12 2-2 12, Batth 5-15 1-2 11, Umoh 2-10 0-2 4, Geren 2-12 4-4 10, Mungro 1-3 0-0 2, Leonard 2-2 0-0 5, Cossey 1-3 1-2 4, Forns 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 21-63 8-11 54.

        Halftime—Clemson 28, Georgia 26. 3-point goals—Georgia 3-7 (K.Miller 2-4, Irwin-Osbolt 1-2, Brown 0-1), Clemson 4-14 (Geren 2-8, Leonard 1-1, Cossey 1-3, Umoh 0-2). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—Georgia 49 (K.Miller 10), Clemson 38 (Anderson 8). Assists—Georgia 13 (Irwin-Osbolt 4), Clemson 13 (Umoh 5). Total fouls—Georgia 14, Clemson 22. A—5,772.


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