Lady Dawgs escape Santa Clara

ATHENS - Alexis Kendrick, who hit just one field goal during the entire game, picked the perfect time to do so. Kendrick scored the winning basket with one second left as the No. 8-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs (1-1) beat the Santa Clara Broncos (0-1) 92-91 in the Lady Dogs' home opener Friday night at Stegeman Coliseum.

Tasha Humphrey led Georgia with a career-high 38 points and had a team-high nine rebounds. Sherill Baker scored 20 points, while Cori Chambers and Megan Darrah added 14 apiece. Alexis Kendrick led the team with six assists.

"Tasha made a lot of good plays," head coach Andy Landers said. "I thought her best plays were at her defensive end when she deflected the ball that came inside and actually locked a couple of shots. She rebounded strong in the second half. There are a lot more of those [defensive plays] then there were shots but she certainly shot the ball well. Her three's surprised them a little bit, but she's capable. But, she didn't shoot any better than anyone else in the starting five and she should thank her teammates for those shots."

Santa Clara connected on 13 of its first 14 shots in the game and raced to a 34-23 lead midway through the first half. The Broncos led the Lady Bulldogs 48-39 at the half and had their biggest lead of 14 points at 14:30 of the second half. Michelle Cozad equaled her career high with 34 points for the Broncos.

Georgia took its first lead at 3:07 of the second half.

"It's been a long time since we've played behind 37 or 38 minutes in a game and actually won it." Landers said. "In fact, there have been games in the past two or three years where we've played ahead 37 or 38 minutes and caved in in the end, so I'm really pleased. I thought, while we didn't play as well earlier as we would have like to have played, we certainly played well coming down the stretch..

Georgia plays at TCU on Monday before traveling to Los Angeles, Calif., for the LMU/Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Classic at Loyola Marymount. The Lady Dogs' next home game will be December 4th against Georgia Tech.

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