COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Tasha Humphrey scored 18 points and
Sherill Baker added 13 in the second half to lift No. 15 Georgia to
a 74-65 victory over South Carolina on Thursday.
The Lady Bulldogs beat the Gamecocks for the sixth straight
time, but South Carolina hung tough in the first half.
Georgia (14-5, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) went on a 10-2 run
to open the second period and the Gamecocks (10-8, 1-5) couldn't
get any closer than four the rest of the way.
Baker, held to just four points in the opening half, ignited the
second-half run with six points -- most coming easily with her
driving to the basket.
Meanwhile, the Gamecocks struggled to hang on to the ball, and
couldn't get anything going offensively. Lea Fabbri led South
Carolina with 15 points Stacy Booker added 14 for the Gamecocks.
Georgia, coming off a one-point loss to LSU (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today; No. 4 AP) on Sunday,
looked a little sluggish early and were tied at 29 at halftime.
South Carolina closed to 48-44 with 9:53 remaining in the second
half, but Janese Hardrick and Baker answered with back-to-back
buckets to put build Georgia's lead again.
Humphrey, the SEC's leading scorer averaging 20.4 points, was
held scoreless for the first 5:46 of the opening half. But she
managed 10 points to help rally the Lady Bulldogs from an early
Georgia's second-leading scorer, Baker, was 1-for-5 shooting in
the first half. She finished with two steals to give her 372 for her career, tying the all-time SEC mark established last season by Tan White.
The Gamecocks were holding opponents to an average of 53.5
points a game and 32.9 percent from the field prior to their
meeting with Georgia. The Bulldogs were averaging 82.4 points per
game and shooting 47.2 percent.
Humphrey, a sophomore, is just eight points shy of reaching
1,000 in her brief career.