TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Georgia got out to a big lead in the first half and had no intention of letting Alabama get back in the game in the second half.
Christy Marshall scored a career-high 17 points and reserve Angel Robinson had 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Lady Bulldogs (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP) earned a 92-51 victory over the Crimson Tide on Thursday night.Georgia ran off 16 unanswered points after allowing Alabama to score the first two baskets of the game, then held the Crimson Tide scoreless for 7½ minutes later in the first half on the way to a 46-20 lead at the intermission.Georgia went on a 16-4 run over the first 6 minutes of the second half to push its lead to 38, and the Lady Bulldogs never led by fewer than 32 points the rest of the way."At halftime we discussed how we needed to come back and stick it to them again," said Ashley Houts, Georgia's point guard. "I felt like we did a good job of putting it in their minds that they didn't have a chance."Cori Chambers added 19 points, Tasha Humphrey 11 and Houts 10 for the Lady Bulldogs (20-5, 7-3 Southeastern Conference), who handed the Crimson Tide their worst home defeat since 2003 and extended Alabama's losing streak to 10 games.The victory marked the 23rd time in Georgia coach Andy Landers' 28-year career at the school that the Lady Bulldogs have reached the 20-win mark."I was really pleased with our kids' defense," Landers said. "By our count we had 20 deflections at the half. We got our hands on some balls. Most of the tempo was set by our defense."Marshall, a 6-foot-1 forward, and Robinson, a 6-5 forward who came off the bench, are both freshmen.Kate Mastin scored 10 points, all in the second half, to lead Alabama (10-15, 0-10)."We haven't lost our fight yet," Mastin said. "We got beat by 40 tonight and we got beat by 40 at Vandy last Sunday. We still come to practice every day. We haven't quit yet."