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Georgia gets clutch game from reserve Hardrick to beat Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. -- Reserve Janese Hardrick scored 20 points, including four free throws in the final minute, and Georgia (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today; No. 11 AP) defeated Auburn 62-55 Sunday.

Hardrick was 3-of-5 on 3-pointers to help Georgia win its fourth straight game. Tasha Humphrey added 14 points and Christy Marshall had 12 for Georgia (23-5, 10-3 Southeastern Conference), which led 34-28 at halftime.

Sherell Hobbs led Auburn (17-11, 4-8) with 20 points, and DeWanna Bonner had 11 and Whitney Boddie had eight points and six assists. Hardrick outscored the entire Auburn bench, which had 10 points.

The Tigers went on an 11-2 run in the first 5 minutes of the second half to take a 39-36 lead on Hobbs' jumper. Georgia then outscored Auburn 8-0 over the next 3 minutes and did not trail the rest of the way.

Auburn kept the score close most of the first half, but the Lady Bulldogs' 11-2 burst late in the half gave them their biggest lead, 11 points, with 2:31 to play.