Lady Dogs top Lady Frogs

Fort Worth, Texas - With the greatest Georgia Bulldog of all time in attendance, the No. 11-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs rolled to an 80-51 victory over TCU at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Monday night. Georgia improved to 2-1 on the year with the win, while TCU dropped to 1-1.

Dallas resident Herschel Walker, the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner, learned during last weekend's reunion of the 1980 National Championship team that the Lady Dogs were playing in Fort Worth on Monday. Walker watched from the front row as Georgia took control midway through the first half and then visited with the team after the game.

"He's just such a special person," head coach Andy Landers said. "It was great to see and even more special for him to be able to visit with our players."

Ironically, Walker, No. 34 during his playing days, watched as TCU packed itself into a tight zone to try to stop the Lady Dogs' current No. 34, Tasha Humphrey, last year's co-National Freshman of the Year. Alexis Kendrick and Megan Darrah obliged by knocking down a pair of three-pointers apiece to give Georgia a 12-10 lead it would never relinquish.

Darrah's bucket at the 15:04 mark of the first half ignited an 11-2 run which put Georgia 19-12. The Lady Dogs broke the game open moments later with a 14-2 run which gave them a 35-17 advantage at the 5:50 mark in the period.

Landers was pleased with his team's play on both ends of the floor from the opening tip. Last Friday, the Lady Dogs fell behind by double digits early to Santa Clara and trailed by 14 points midway through the second stanza before rallying to victory.

"It's something we talked about after the Santa Clara game and again tonight," Landers said. "We had that 'eye of the tiger' look for the last three or four or five minutes of the Santa Clara. What I wanted and what I challenged them to do tonight was to start the game that way and then sustain that focus. For the first 15-17 minutes tonight, we had it."

Georgia opened the second stanza with a suffocating defensive surge which keyed a 12-0 run over the first 5:34 of the period. Baker scored eight during the span, all on layups in transition.

Kendrick finished with a game-high 17 points for the Lady Dogs, while Darrah added 16, Humphrey chipped in 14 and Baker scored 11. Baker also collected six steals and moved into the No. 4 position on the Lady Bulldogs' career leaders list in the process. Baker now has 288 steals, surpassing the previous No. 4 tally of 285 by Kelly Miller.

The Lady Bulldogs will return to action on Friday when they face UCLA in the first round of the LMU/Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Classis in Los Angeles. That contest will serve as a homecoming for Kendrick, a native of Inglewood, Calif., who was a prep All-American at St. Bernard High Catholic High School.


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