MIAMI -- Tasha Humphrey celebrated her birthday in dramatic
fashion, helping her nationally ranked team get a hard-fought win.
Humphrey, who turned 22 on Saturday night, had 22 points and
eight rebounds and No. 7 Georgia defeated Florida State in overtime
71-62 in the Florida International University Sun & Fun Classic.
Angel Robinson added 12 points and 18 rebounds for the Lady
Bulldogs, who improved to 11-0 and tied their fourth best start in
school history. Florida State dropped to 9-4, snapping a three-game
winning streak in the process.
Georgia will play Florida International in the championship game
of the tournament, while Florida State faces Hofstra in the
Georgia outscored the Seminoles 14-5 in overtime led by
Robinson, who scored six of the Lady Bulldogs points in the extra
period. She scored the first two baskets of overtime on put backs
to give Georgia a 61-57 lead they would never relinquish. Florida
State made just two field goals in overtime. Robinson's rebound
total was also a career high and the most by a Georgia player since
February 23, 1994.
"We allowed the emotion of the four-point lead to affect us,''
said Florida State Head Coach Sue Semrau.
Mara Freshour led Florida State with 20 points, seven rebounds
and four 3-pointers. Courtney Ward added 12 points. Ashley Houts
added 13 for the Lady Bulldogs.
"We lost a little bit of our momentum,'' said Freshour of the
overtime period. "We didn't get it back.''
Georgia came within the brink of losing their first game of the
season and giving the Seminoles their first-ever victory against
the Lady Bulldogs. The Seminoles gave up a 57-52 lead with 1:21
left, allowing Georgia to climb back in the game. Down five, Houts
nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key to cut Georgia's deficit
by two, 57-55. Humphrey then nailed a fade away on the Bulldogs'
next possession to tie the game with 29 seconds before the end of
Georgia shot 40 percent in the game on 24-of-60 shooting, while
Florida State shot 31.4 percent on 22-of-70 shooting. The
Seminoles, though, managed to outrebound the Lady Bulldogs 47-41 in
"This was a tough team,'' said Robinson. "This is the first
team to match up well with us all around.''
Up 26-25 at the half, Georgia opened scored 10 of the game's
first 14 points to go up 36-29. Florida State caught up though and
took a 39-38 lead on Antoinette Howard's jumper with 14:07 in the
second half with a 10-2 run.
From that point the lead changed 8 times before Florida State
took a five point lead late in the game.
"They [Florida State] are very athletic, they are very talented
and they are very well coached,'' said Georgia Head Coach Andy
Landers, who won his 695th game at Georgia on Saturday. "They are
going to do great things.''