ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Tasha Humphrey had 32 points and 14 rebounds in leading Georgia (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today; No. 14 AP) to a 69-60 win over Mississippi, handing the Rebels their first Southeastern Conference loss.
Georgia (17-4, 4-2) led 53-49 lead with 4:42 to play when Humphrey scored 12 consecutive points to build a 65-55 lead with 39 seconds left.Reserve Megan Darrah added 16 points, hitting four of six 3-pointers.Ashley Awkward led Ole Miss (16-5, 5-1) with 15 points, and Armintie Price added 11 points and 11 rebounds.Humphrey hit a pair of 3-pointers to start the game as Georgia took a 14-5 lead in the first 4 minutes. But the Bulldogs failed to score during the next 6 minutes when the Rebels (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today; No. 22 AP) mounted an 11-0 run, capped by Carla Bartee's jumper in the lane that made it 16-14.Georgia answered with seven straight points, but Mississippi recaptured the lead at 26-25 on a steal and layup by Price. The teams were tied 28-28 at halftime.The teams swapped the lead four times early in the second half before Georgia opened up a 45-40 lead with 9:23 remaining thanks to an 11-3 run highlighted by Darrah's three 3-pointers.A pair of free throws by Janese Hardrick with 5:22 to go gave Georgia a 53-45 lead, but the Rebels closed within 53-49 on a runner by Alleisha Easley and two free throws by Price.But Humphrey took over the game, scoring 12 straight points for Georgia.Georgia's Cori Chambers remained in a 3-point shooting slump, hitting one of nine for the game. Four games ago she hit six of 12 against Mississippi State to set the school career record. At the time she was hitting 47 percent on 3s for the season. Since then, she has had made only three of her last 27 attempts, an 11 percent success rate.