Chambers leads Georgia rout of North Carolina A&T

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- A 56-point win is usually an opportunity to empty the bench. For No. 9 Georgia, that wasn't possible.

Because of an injury and a suspension, the Lady Dogs don't have one.

So the seven players available for Georgia focused instead on getting the ball into the hands of Cori Chambers, who scored 22 points, including six 3-pointers, in an 89-35 win over North Carolina A&T on Wednesday night.

"A game like this takes more focus," said Chambers."I don't think any of us went out there thinking we want to look good. We were thinking, 'Let's play hard and get a win."

Georgia (2-0) dressed nine players, but Tasha Humphrey is suspended for possessing alcohol and Jaleesa Rhoden is out with an injury. There were plenty of minutes to divide among the seven remaining, particularly after freshman center Angel Robinson fouled out.

"We passed it and caught it and shot it well," Georgia coach Andy Landers said. "It is nice to know we have more than one player who can score and watch our players pass to each other for good shots."

Megan Darrah added 20 for Georgia, which used a 13-0 run to take a 23-5 lead with 8:25 left in the first half, capped by Janese Hardrick's three-point play.

North Carolina A&T's Ahmad Williams then hit a pair of 3-pointers, but Georgia answered with 10 straight points to go up 35-11. Georgia led 41-18 at halftime.

Williams led North Carolina A&T (1-1) with 11 points. The Aggies turned the ball over 30 times and were outrebounded 42-32.

The Lady Dogs had a 6-point possession in the second half. With 13:42 to go, Hardrick scored on a breakaway layup and hit two free throws after drawing an intentional foul. After the inbounds, Rebecca Rowsey scored on a jumper to make it 60-24 in the midst of a 14-0 run that made it 64-24 with 13:03 to play.

The final score was Georgia's biggest lead of the game.

Humphrey was Georgia's leading scorer the past two seasons, but she is sitting out the first six games after an arrest for underage possession of alcohol.

In the meantime, Landers was happy for the opportunity to get Chambers more involved.

"I would like for our team to get more shots for Cori," he said. "She is too good of a shooter for us to not work hard to get her open. Cori had a good shot when she came to Georgia, but one thing she has really improved on is moving, catching and releasing. She has become a quick shooter."