Lady Dogs beat #2 Texas 78-64

ATHENS — On Friday, Tasha Humphrey proved she's special. On Sunday, she proved Georgia may be, too.

The No. 5 Lady Bulldogs' standout freshman scored all 27 of her points in the second half as Georgia thumped No. 2 Texas 78-64 in front of a crowd of 8,218 at Stegeman Coliseum.

"I knew they couldn't guard her," Georgia coach Andy Landers said. "We just had to find a way to get her the basketball."

Humphrey hit 9 of 10 shots in the second half and didn't miss until there was just 3:16 left in the game. She also had eight rebounds.

"Tasha's awesome," said sophomore guard Cori Chambers, who added a career-high 20 points for the Lady Bulldogs. "She's a powerful player. She was doing it tonight, so we had to give her the ball."

Humphrey had 25 points against Furman in the Lady Bulldogs' season-opener on Friday, but she wasn't available to speak to the media after Sunday's game. In fact, she's yet to talk publicly since coming to Georgia because Landers has made all his newcomers off limits to the media until after the team returns from this week's trip to Hawaii.

"The focus is going to be on Tasha for you guys (the media), and I understand that," Landers said, "but our team has to get used to that.

"I can't wait for you to talk to her. You're really going to like her."

The Lady Bulldog's opponents won't.

Georgia (2-0) trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half thanks to a scoreless stretch from of more than seven minutes starting at the 13:24 mark.

"They kicked our butts for that little run, and then we came back and we had something for them," said guard Sherrill Baker.

That something was Humphrey, who had just three points in the first half, hitting a 3-pointer with 3:18 remaining.

"She called me about 11:30 this morning and said, ‘Coach, I'm really starting to get nervous,'" Landers said. "I asked her, ‘Did you get nervous before big games in high school?' She said, ‘Yeah.' And I said,

‘Well, you'll probably be fine then,' and hung up."

The Lady Bulldogs probably will vault to No. 3 in the nation thanks to the victory and No. 4 Connecticut's loss earlier Sunday.

Texas (1-1) was led by 27 points from sophomore Tiffany Jackson, but Jackson left the game with 2:55 left due to back spasms. The game was decided by that point, though, as the Lady Bulldogs already had a double-digit lead. Jackson was the nation's top freshman last year, so Texas coach Judy Conradt wasn't surprised by Humphrey's performance.

"She's doing the same thing for Georgia that Tiffany did for us from her first game last year," Conradt said. "There are certain players that are special, and you just hope you have one of them."

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