2:30 PM ET, January 8, 2006
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Sherill Baker had 20 points and extended her career mark with four steals to help lead Georgia (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) to an 89-70 victory over Florida (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today, unranked AP) on Sunday.Tasha Humphrey led Georgia (11-3 overall, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) with 26 points and 15 rebounds. Cori Chambers and Janese Hardrick each added 13 points.Florida (13-2, 1-1) had its 11-game winning streak end, despite 23 points from Dalila Eshe and 14 points from Sha Brooks.Baker, a senior who leads the nation with 5.5 steals per game, added two thefts in the first 30 seconds Sunday. She continued her aggressive pace even after a first-half collision left her with a large bump on her forehead.Baker had two more in the second half to extend her steals record to 352. She passed Teresa Edwards' mark of 342 from 1982-86 with six steals in the Lady Bulldogs' win at Mississippi on Thursday.Edwards, the former Georgia star and five-time Olympian, presented Baker with a basketball commemorating the new mark before the game.Georgia made 7-of-13 3-point shots in the first half, including three by Chambers and Hardrick, to lead 45-34 at halftime.The Bulldogs held the halftime lead despite Humphrey's foul trouble, which limited the SEC's leading scorer (19.8 points) to 11 minutes.Humphrey had five points in Georgia's 11-0 run to open the second half. Baker capped the run with a steal and a basket.Florida, losing for the first time since Nov. 23 at Florida State, never recovered. Georgia led 56-34 at the end of the run and kept a comfortable lead the rest of the game.The Gators were unable to match their school-record 12-game winning streak in the 1993-94 season.Florida fell to 3-19 all-time at Georgia's Stegeman Coliseum.
|FG Made-Attempted||28-70 (.400)||34-70 (.486)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-19 (.316)||11-23 (.478)|
|FT Made-Attempted||8-15 (.533)||10-15 (.667)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|