2:30 PM ET, March 19, 2006
Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton, New Jersey
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Georgia was ready for Marist this time.Tasha Humphrey scored 23 points and Sherill Baker added 23 points and nine steals to lead the third-seeded Bulldogs to a 75-60 victory over the 14th-seeded Red Foxes in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.Alexis Kendrick had 11 points to help Georgia (22-8) advance to the second round for the 11th time in 12 years. The Bulldogs will face Hartford, which beat Temple earlier in the day.When the teams last met in December 2004 at Marist, Georgia led by only one at halftime before pulling away for a 79-62 victory. Coach Andy Landers vowed the Bulldogs wouldn't take the MAAC champions lightly again, and they didn't.Baker, the Southeastern Conference's career steals leader with 143, had at least nine for the fourth time this season.Fifi Camara had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Marist (23-7).Georgia trailed 17-16 before Kendrick's 3-pointer with 11:23 remaining in the first half started an 11-1 run that gave the Bulldogs the lead for good.They scored the first 10 points after the break and held Marist scoreless for nearly five minutes, stretching the lead to 50-33.The Red Foxes followed with 12-4 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Julianne Viani that pulled them within nine with 12½ minutes remaining.However, Georgia was just too strong. Baker had six points during a 17-3 spurt that gave the Bulldogs their biggest lead at 71-48 with just over 6½ minutes left.Georgia shot 48 percent from the field (28-for-59) and held Marist to just 35 percent (21-for-60). Humphrey was 8-for-16, and Baker 8-for-14. The Bulldogs also had a 40-33 edge in rebounding, and 15-7 in steals.Marist's loss dropped MAAC teams to 1-27 in the NCAA Tournament.
|FG Made-Attempted||21-59 (.356)||28-60 (.467)|
|3P Made-Attempted||11-31 (.355)||6-14 (.429)|
|FT Made-Attempted||7-11 (.636)||13-19 (.684)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||10 (0/0)|