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.