ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Freshman Tasha Humphrey had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 18 Georgia to a 71-56 win over Auburn on Sunday.
Georgia (14-5, 3-2 SEC) made nine 3-pointers and got 15 points from Janese Hardrick and 12 apiece from Megan Darrah and Sherill Baker. Humphrey earned her fifth double-double against SEC opponents.Marita Payne led Auburn (9-7, 0-3 SEC) with 11 points, 10 blocks and six rebounds. Natasha Brackett added 10 points.The 6-foot-5 Payne entered the game averaging a nation-best 4.4 blocks. She had eight by halftime and equaled her own school record of 10, set last year in wins over Kentucky and LSU.Auburn went nearly five minutes without a field goal and Georgia jumped to a 13-3 lead, highlighted by 3-pointers by Cori Chambers, Humphrey and Katie Frye.Auburn trailed 15-7 with 12:58 left after Louise Emeagi's putback. Georgia dominated the next six minutes with a 17-3 run. Baker scored three baskets in the run, two off a steal and one off a loose ball, giving Georgia a 32-10 lead.The Tigers scored the last seven points of the half to draw to 37-22 at the break.Auburn came within 13 points twice in the second half, the last after Alexis Ogubie's short jumper made it 43-30 with 14:55 to play. But a 15-5 run over the next six minutes put the Lady Dogs comfortably ahead.Auburn's fifth straight loss is the longest since the school lost seven in a row in 2002.