ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Rather than a design a play for the final
seven seconds, Georgia coach Andy Landers told his shooters to spot
up and to get the ball to one of the senior guards.
It was Alexis Kendrick who took the ball the length of the floor
before hitting a short jumper, her only basket, at the last second
as the Lady Bulldogs (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today; No. 8 AP) rallied for a 92-91 win over Santa Clara
on Friday night.
"I just drew up our press offense," Landers said. "Whether it
was Alexis or Sherill Baker, I told them they had plenty of time to
go the length of the floor. I wanted whoever had the ball to take
it as deep as she could."
Kendrick said she saw teammates Cori Chambers and Tasha Humphrey
out of the corner of her eye.
"But it looked wide open, so I decided to go for it," she
Humphrey scored a career-high 38 points for the Lady Bulldogs
(1-1), who took the lead for the first time with 3:05 left on
Humphrey's three-point play.
"It's been a long time since we've played behind 37 or 38
minutes in a game and actually won it," said Landers. "In fact,
there have been games in the past two or three years where we've
played ahead 37 or 38 minutes and caved in at the end, so I'm
After Humphrey's free throw gave Georgia an 85-82 lead, Kayla
Huss hit a 3-pointer seconds later to tie the score for Santa Clara
Michelle Cozad, who matched her career high with 34 points, put
the Broncos up 89-87 with 1:38 left, and Kendrick hit a pair of
free throws at 1:24 to tie the game again.
Humphrey made a free throw to give Georgia a one-point lead,
then blocked a layup attempt by Tracey Walker. Georgia then ran the
shot clock down before Humphrey missed a short jumper in the lane.
Cozad grabbed the rebound and was fouled and hit both shots,
setting up the opportunity for Kendrick's heroics.
Baker added 20 points for Georgia, and Megan Darrah and Cori
Chambers scored 14 each.
Huss scored 18 for Santa Clara, which hit 7 of 11 3-pointers and
65 percent overall in building a 48-39 halftime lead.