AU Falls Despite Carrier's Big Game

Athens, Ga.--Despite a big scoring game from Auburn freshman center Keke Carrier, Georgia improved to 20-7 with a 74-61 women's college basketball victory in the regular season finale for both teams on Sunday.

Carrier led the Tigers with 26 points and nine rebounds. However, Auburn fell to 4-10 in the conference and 13-14 overall.

Carrier hit 10-15 field goals and was 6-9 at the foul line.

"KeKe Carrier is a force to be reckoned with and Georgia didn't have the answer for her," Auburn coach Nell Fortner said. "We were focused on getting the ball into her and she did a good job finishing shots and hitting her free throws."

Tasha Humphrey led the 13th ranked Bulldogs with 22 points and 10 rebounds, her 12th double-double of the season for the 13th-ranked Lady Bulldogs. Sherrill Baker added 21 points.

Auburn out-shot and out-rebounded the home team, but that wasn't enough to overcome 19 turnovers and and Georgia's hot three-point shooting.

The Lady Bulldogs scored 28 points off of Auburn's turnovers. In contrast, Auburn scored just three points off six UGA turnovers.

From three-point range, the Lady Bulldogs made 11-22 shots compared to 3-9 for the Tigers.

Playing on Senior Day, veteran UGA coach Andy Landers got his 22nd 20-victory season.

Auburn never led in the game and trailed by as many as 17 points.

The Lady Bulldogs committed a season-low in turnovers and never trailed the visitors. "I thought we were really sharp and we shot the ball well and hit the threes early," Landers said. "We turned them over a little bit in the first half and that helped us keep them from scoring and helped us score at the same time."

Auburn got 11 points from freshman DeWanna Bonner and 10 from another freshman, Sherrell Hobbs.

Auburn hit 49 percent from the field compared to 42 for UGA. AU held a 36-30 rebounding edge.

"I thought my team fought hard," Auburn's Fortner said. "That was the biggest thing to come into an environment like this with a young team. It can be intimidating, but I don't think they were intimidated at all.

The biggest thing that hurt us today is we turned the ball over too much. Georgia was hot on that three-point line and we couldn't get to their shooters quick enough."

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