ATHENS — Gainesville High graduate Tasha Humphrey gives opposing coaches nightmares.
Humphrey scored 18 points to help No. 8 Georgia rout Georgia Southern 105-66 on Tuesday night.
Humphrey moved into eighth place on Georgia’s career scoring list, passing Tracy Henderson. Humphrey now has 1,772 points.
"You have to prepare hard for a player like her," said Georgia Southern coach Rusty Cram. "She makes things easier for everybody on her team."
"No question we have to get Tasha more opportunities," Landers said. "Our team doesn’t understand how efficient she can be. There were not a lot of double teams tonight, and she was not getting enough touches."
Five more Lady Bulldogs (3-0) scored in double figures, including Christy Marshall, who came off the bench to score a career-high 17 points, hitting eight of nine shots. Ashley Houts scored 16, Lindsey Moss 15, Angel Robinson 12 and Megan Darrah 11.
"Marshall played extremely well offensively tonight," Landers said.
Shawnda Atwood led Georgia Southern (1-2) with 16 points.
Darrah scored seven of Georgia’s first 13 points, going backdoor for a layup, running the floor in transition and spotting up for a 3 as Georgia bolted to a 13-2 lead.
The Lady Eagles made only one field goal in the first 9 minutes, as Georgia built a 24-4 lead after reserve Danielle Taylor intercepted a pass and went end-to-end for a layup, all before Humphrey scored her first point.
"Before the game, Coach stressed how intense we needed to be," Humphrey said. "We got a lot of deflections and a lot of steals for layups."
Humphrey sparked a 12-0 Georgia run late in the half, as the Lady Dogs expanded the margin to 37-11.
Humphrey scored 11 of 13 Georgia points during one stretch, and Georgia led 52-21 at the half.
The Lady Eagles hit six 3-pointers in the second half, but never threatened.
Moss hit five of nine 3-pointers in scoring her career high.
The Lady Eagles played without senior Tiffany Brown, an All-Southern Conference performer last year when she averaged 15 points a game. She has been suspended for the first six games of the season.
Georgia’s Rebecca Rowsey sat out with a knee injury.