FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Georgia coach Andy Landers was visibly
upset with his team's performance in the first half against
The Lady Bulldogs (No. 121 ESPN/USA Today; No. 13 AP) turned the ball over 12 times, missed
all five of their 3-point attempts and made just 11-of-33 from the
Fortunately for Georgia, Arkansas didn't play a whole lot
The Lady Bulldogs (19-7, 9-4 Southeastern Conference) were a
different team in the second half and posted a hard-fought 86-80
victory over Arkansas.
Arkansas (13-13, 5-8) lost its seventh straight game after
starting conference play 5-1. But the Lady Razorbacks lured another
nationally ranked team into a road trap and nearly pulled off the
upset, as they did against Vanderbilt and Florida earlier in the
The Lady Razorbacks, who missed their first nine 3-point
attempts, went on a scoring streak to start the second half.
"We're just not very good defensively," Landers said. "I wish
we played defense like Arkansas plays defense."
Instead, Georgia went into a scoring mode behind Sherill Baker,
Tasha Humphrey and Janese Hardrick and took control of the game
with about five minutes left. It was Baker's defense that sparked a
11-0 run that turned a 68-67 lead into a double-figure margin and
sealed the game.
Baker took the game over during that stretch, getting a pair of
steals and converting a three-point play. She later added a pair of
free throws and fed Hardrick for a lay-up.
Hardrick finished with 20 points off the bench for Georgia.
The game was no consolation prize for Arkansas coach Susie
Gardner, who fell to 2-2 against her alma mater with the loss.
"It's disappointing, but we've got to keep our heads up,"
Gardner said. "We played hard and I'm proud of that, but this has
been a tough last month of the season."
One thing that likely encouraged Gardner heading into the
regular season finale was the play of Whitney Jones. Jones, who has
battled a stress fracture in her left leg, scored a conference-high
21 points before leaving the game with leg cramps.
"I thought Whitney played very well, especially considering who
she was playing against," Gardner said.
Humphrey is one of the top post players in the SEC. She
dominated the second half, finishing with 25 points. Baker, whose
16 points in the first half kept Georgia in the game early,
finished with a game-high 28.
Rochelle Vaughn added 18 points for Arkansas and Leslie Howard
added 17. Howard's three straight 3-pointers to start the second
half helped Arkansas take a 10-point lead early in the second half.
The loss likely means Arkansas will be an eight or nine seed in
next week's SEC Tournament at ALLTEL Arena in North Little Rock, in
which Georgia has secured a first round bye. The tournament starts