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Humphrey's 25 points lead Lady Dogs to a win

POSTED: January 31, 2008 5:03 a.m.
ATHENS — Tasha Humphrey scored a season-high 25 points and No. 12 Georgia snapped out of its recent malaise with a 71-53 victory over Alabama on Sunday.

Humphrey, a graduate of Gainesville High School, hit on 10-of-13 shots from the floor, including a first-half layup to push her over 2,000 points for her career.

Just the fifth player in Georgia history to reach that plateau, Humphrey now has 2,020 career points. Humphrey also grabbed eight rebounds.

"It may very well have been Tasha Humphrey’s best game of the season," Georgia coach Andy Landers said.

"We just felt like there was a since of purpose there. I thought she played exceptionally well on both ends of the floor. She shot the ball terrific, including the three ball and perimeter shots. She ran the floor better than any she has all year. It was a really good game for Tasha."

The Lady Dogs ended a losing streak at two games, avoiding an almost unprecedented freefall. A loss would have given Georgia a three-game losing streak for only the fourth time during Andy Landers’ 29-plus seasons as head coach.

But playing at home against a young Alabama team, Georgia never had much reason to worry. The Lady Bulldogs (15-3, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) won their 16th consecutive home game and 13th straight against the Crimson Tide, dating back to 1999.

Alabama (8-11, 1-3) lost its third game in a row.

Both teams were sloppy with the ball, combining for 50 turnovers. But only Georgia shot well enough to overcome its mistakes, finishing 54 percent from the field.

Angel Robinson added 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs, who had stumbled in recent weeks after starting the season 13-0.

Camilla Blands had a team-high 16 points for Alabama.

The Crimson Tide, which starts no seniors and two freshmen, trailed by only one point midway through the first half. But Georgia responded with a 15-6 run and led 34-26 at the break.

After trailing by double digits early in the second half, Alabama cut the deficit to eight on Blands’ 3-pointer with eight minutes left. But Humphrey answered with a 3-pointer of her own on Georgia’s next possession, and the Crimson Tide never threatened again.



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