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
Edwards, the former Georgia star and five-time Olympian,
presented Baker with a basketball commemorating the new mark before
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
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.