Georgia Holds Off Auburn for Hoops Win

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's February basketball slump continued as the women's team dropped a 62-55 decision to Georgia on Sunday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

Sherrell Hobbs led the Tigers with a team-high 20 points and six rebounds. She hit 8-14 shots, but didn't get a lot of offensive help from her teammates.

Fellow sophomore DeWanna Bonner bounced back from a scoreless game on Thursday and was Auburn's only other player to reach double figures in points with 11.

Georgia got 20 points from Janese Hadrick, who came off the bench for Coach Andy Landers to hit 5-7 field goals, including 3-5 treys, plus 7-8 foul shots.

Auburn fell to 17-11 overall and 4-7 in the conference. Georgia improved to 23-5 overall and 10-3 in SEC games.

"I was pleased with our effort," Auburn coach Nell Fortner said. "It just came down to where we really couldn't score enough. I thought our defense was really good enough to win the ball game holding Georgia to 62 points."

Both teams shot well in the first half. UGA hit 57.7 percent of its field goals to take a 34-28 lead over the Tigers, who made 52.2 percent of their first half shots. Georgia led as many as 11 points in the first half.

The Tigers led early in the contest, but trailed most of the first half. Fortner's Tigers regained the lead at the 16:11 mark at 37-36 in the second half on a layup by Hobbs. AU built the lead to three on a jumpshot by Hobbs, but UGA regained the lead at the 13:01 mark on a pair of foul shots by Megan Darrah and never lost the lead after that.

Both teams slumped in the second half with their shooting. UGA hit just 28 percent after intermission and Auburn made 35.5 percent, but that wasn't enough to overcome a 34-29 rebounding edge for the visitors and more trips to the free throw line for Georgia. AU was 6-7 at the foul line while Georgia made 13-18.

The turnover matchup was virtually even. AU's 16 was one fewer than UGA's total.

Auburn got eight points apiece from Whitney Boddie and Trevesha Jackson. Tahsa Humphrey scored 14 for UGA and Christy Marshall added 12 points.

Auburn has now lost consecutive games to nationally ranked Tennessee, Vanderbilt, unranked South Carolina and on Sunday against the Lady Bulldogs, who are ranked eighth and 12th in the major polls this week.

The Tigers will try to get their first victory since winning at Mississippi State on Feb. 4th when they play Florida at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the home finale.

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