ATHENS, Ga. -- Tasha Humphrey had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 9 Georgia (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today; No. 9 AP) to an 81-57 victory over South Carolina on Sunday.
Megan Darrah and Ashley Houts scored 13 apiece for Georgia (21-5, 8-3 Southeastern Conference), which used an early 19-0 run to put the Gamecocks in a catchup mode from which they never recovered.Lauren Simms came off the bench to score 25 points for South Carolina (14-12, 4-7).South Carolina scored first and led 4-3 after a driving layup by Melanie Johnson, but Georgia scored the next 19 points -- capped by Cori Chambers' 3-pointer with 12:24 to go in the first half -- to take the lead for good.During the Gamecocks' 6-minute scoreless stretch, they attemped only four field goals, turning the ball over on nine of 13 possessions. Five times South Carolina failed even to advance the ball past half court.Iva Sliskovic finally ended the drought with a putback at 12:02, but the Gamecocks continued to struggle against Georgia's aggressive defense. When Houts hit two free throws with 5:59 to play in the first half, the Lady Dogs led 36-8.South Carolina scored nine consecutive points over the next 2 minutes but did not put a serious dent in the Georgia lead, which stood 46-21 at halftime. The Lady Dogs scored 23 points off South Carolina's 18 first-half turnovers.Humphrey scored enough points in the first half, 14, to become the No. 12 scorer in Georgia history, passing Kedra Holland-Corn. No. 11 Christi Thomas is just seven points ahead of Humphrey's 1,586 points, and No. 10 Tammye Jenkins is just 12 points ahead. And with two more rebounds, Humphrey will be in the top 10 career rebounders too.The Gamecocks committed just five turnovers in the second half, but never got closer than 19 points at 70-51 after a 3-pointer by Simms.The win was Georgia's sixth straight over South Carolina. The Gamecocks have not defeated a top-10 opponent since beating No. 6 Vanderbilt in 2002.