Georgia steals win from Memphis to collect 700th victory

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Tasha Humphrey was back in her element -- on the basketball floor for eighth-ranked Georgia and in the interview room with the press.

"It was good to see you guys again," Humphrey laughed as she exited after the post-game appearance. Georgia (6-0) got a record 10 steals and 16 points from freshman Ashley Houts and 11 second-half points from Humphrey to rout Memphis 95-46 on Wednesday night.

As Georgia's leading scorer for the last two years, Humphrey is accustomed to fielding questions after games. But until Wednesday, Humphrey this season had been a famous bench warmer, serving a six-game suspension that was shortened by half a game by coach Andy Landers.

The win was the 700th in school history.

For nearly a week Landers had been considering shortening Humphrey's suspension for her off-season arrest for underage possession of alcohol.

"She made a mistake," said Landers. "But the way she has handled the consequences has been very good."

He revealed his decision at halftime.

"I really felt good the way the team reacted," said Humphrey. "I got a lot of hugs."

"We were excited to see the heart of this team come back to play with us," said Houts.

Humphrey entered with 17:25 to play and finished the game. She added six rebounds and two blocks to her 11 points.

"I didn't feel jittery, but I felt rusty," said Humphrey. "There is a big difference between playing in a game and playing in practice."

Houts, a freshman, tied the Georgia single-game steals record shared by Adrienne Shuler, Kedra Holland-Corn and Sherill Baker.

"Ashley's that type of player," Humphrey said. "She has that killer instinct."

Memphis scored the first basket of the game, but seven of the Lady Tigers' next nine possessions ended in turnovers. Georgia (6-0) reeled off 14 points before the Lady Tigers (2-6) added another field goal.

The Lady Bulldogs' defense forced 18 first-half turnovers and disrupted Memphis' shooting, and Georgia led 54-24 at halftime.

"We got intimidated early in the game," said Memphis coach Blair Savage-Lansden. "We let the crowd get to us. We let their pressure defense get to us. Our intensity dropped."

Georgia had six players in double figures, led by Cori Chambers with 18. Christy Marshall had 14. Memphis had no players in double figures and went eight minutes without scoring in the second half. Paris Leonard and Aroha Jennings had eight points apiece.