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Gainesville grad Humphrey gets pre-season honor
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University of Georgia basketball players Tasha Humphrey and Ashley Houts were named first and second-team All-Southeastern Conference in pre-season balloting of leaguewide media, the Southeastern Conference announced Wednesday.

In addition, media tabbed the Lady Bulldogs to finish third in the league.

Humphrey, a Gainesville High grad, has been a first-team All-SEC selection by both league coaches and media during each of her first three seasons at Georgia. She also has been named SEC Player of the Week seven times during her career, which is the most ever by a Georgia player and two shy or Armintie Price’s league record. Among the Lady Bulldogs career leaders, Humphrey enters her final season at No. 9 in points, No. 10 in rebounds, field goals made and blocks, No. 4 in free throw makes and No. 8 in free throw attempts.

Houts, a 5-6, sophomore from Trenton, was named SEC Freshman of the Year and Freshman All-America last season. Among SEC leaders for last season, Houts finished the year ranked No. 2 in minutes played, No. 3 in steals, No. 8 in assists and No. 9 in free throw percentage and No. 10 in assists-to-turnover ratio. She also broke the Lady Bulldog freshman record for steals with 93, topping the existing mark of 89 steals set by SEC career steals leader Sherill Baker.

Both Humphrey and Houts earned gold medals representing the U.S. at major international competitions last summer. Humphrey was the second-leading scorer for the U.S. National Team that won the Pan American Games for the first time in 20 years. Houts was the lone rising sophomore on the U.S. squad that won the U21 World Championships.

The Lady Bulldogs open their 2007 season on Friday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens.

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