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Humphrey leads Lady Dogs to win

POSTED: February 21, 2008 5:01 a.m.
/The Associated Press

Georgia's Tasha Humphrey (34) turns toward the goal to take a shot as Arkansas' Sarah Pfeifer, left, and Whitney Jones, center, defend during the second half of a basketball game in Fayetteville, Ark., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008. Humphrey led all scorers with 23 points as Georgia won 72-58.

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Fayetteville, Ark. --- Tasha Humphrey scored 23 points to lead five Lady Bulldogs in double figures as No. 24 Georgia (17-6, 4-4 SEC) defeated Arkansas (17-6, 2-6), 72-58 at Bud Walton Arena on Thursday evening.

"I thought Tasha did a very good job of asserting herself over and over and over again," head coach Andy Landers said. "Our kids did a good job getting her the ball in a position where she could scored and she did just that."

Megan Darrah, Ashley Houts and Angela Puleo all added a dozen points and Angel Robinson chipped in 11. Puleo also handed out seven assists.

Brittney Vaughn scored 16 points to lead the Lady Razorbacks.

Georgia built a 13-point halftime lead and expanded that margin to 17 early in the second half before Arkansas attempted to rally. The Lady Razorbacks cut the margin to single digits on four occasions but never got closer than eight points.

The Lady Bulldogs hit 19-of-23 free throws, including a majority of their chances late when Arkansas resulted to fouling.

"That's what you want to do late in the game when you've worked hard to get yourself in position to win...convert your free throws," Landers said.

Following four ties and four lead changes in the first eight minutes Georgia asserted itself.

An old-fashioned three-point play by Humphrey with 11:56 left in the half ignited a dominating run over the remainder of the first half. Georgia outscored the Lady Razorbacks 23-8 that put the Lady Bulldogs up 34-21 at the break.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for Georgia and prevented the first four-game skid in Landers' 29 seasons in Athens.

The Lady Bulldogs will continue their two-game road swing with an ESPN2 nationally televised date with No. 8 LSU on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. ET.



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