Chambers, Georgia earn first-round bye in SEC tourney

ATHENS, Ga. -- Senior Cori Chambers halted a shooting slump in her final home game, scoring 17 points to lead Georgia (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today; No. 11 Georgia) to a 69-51 victory over Arkansas on Sunday.

Georgia (24-5, 11-3 Southeastern Conference) clinched the second seed in the SEC tournament this weekend, earning a first-round bye. The Lady Dogs will play Friday against the winner of the game between Arkansas (18-12, 3-11) and Kentucky.

Chambers hit seven of 12 from the field, shooting better than 50 percent for the first time since hitting nine of 12 against Florida on Jan. 4. She had hit just eight of 29 over her last three games, including missing all eight shots at Auburn last Sunday.

Georgia's Ashley Houts scored 15 points and Tasha Humphrey 11. Dominique Washington and Lauren Ervin scored 14 apiece for Arkansas.

Georgia scored on its first possession of the game when Houts hit a 3-pointer, but the Lady Razorbacks outscored Georgia 12-1 over the next seven minutes to bolt to a 14-4 lead. Three 3-pointers by Dominique Washington helped Arkansas to an 11-point edge at 19-8 midway through the first half.

But Georgia erupted with a 16-4 surge to reclaim the lead 24-23 with 3:54 to go in the half. Christy Marshall capped the comeback with a steal and transition layup, featuring a behind-the-back dribble in traffic.

The Lady Dogs managed to go up by five at 30-25 on a spin move by Humphrey, but Arkansas scored once more to close to within three at the half.

Georgia raced to a 12-0 run early in the second half, including eight straight points by Houts, to build a 46-31 lead.

Marshall's transition layup with 8:54 boosted Georgia to a 57-41 lead, but the Lady Backs answered with seven straight points to pull to within nine at 57-48 with 5:46 remaining.

That was as close as Arkansas could get in losing its ninth straight game.