Georgia Defeats Loyola Marymount

Los Angeles - What a difference less than 24 hours can make.

The No. 11-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs (3-2) rebounded from a disappointing performance against UCLA on Friday night to defeat Loyola Marymount (1-3) 89-58 on Saturday afternoon in the consolation game of the LMU/Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Classic.

Tasha Humphrey poured in 29 points and collected 11 rebounds in just 29 minutes of playing time to lead the Lady Dogs. Sherill Baker chipped in 17 points, many of those on layups after her career-high nine steals. Megan Darrah rounded out Georgia's double-digit scorers with 12 points, while Alexis Kendrick, a native of nearby Inglewood, dished out a game-high seven assists.

Rachel Ziemann led Loyola Marymount with 12 points off the bench.

Georgia began the game quickly, racing to a 14-3 lead just 5:06 in. Humphrey helped key the surge on both ends, scoring six points and five defensive boards during the span.

"Like any other team in America, when we're focused we have a chance to play really well," Andy Landers said. "I think our kids came out with the intent of getting off to a good start and they certainly did that. They did it with offense. They did it with defense. They did it with rebounding. They did it by taking care of the basketball."

LMU pulled within eight points on two occasions thereafter before the Lady Bulldogs put together a 13-0 run to build a 29-8 advantage at the 8:52 mark. Georgia scored the final seven points of the half to enter the locker room with its largest lead of the day to that point, a 28-point 51-23 margin.

The second half featured much of the same. The Lady Bulldogs' edge eventually topped out at 41 points twice.

Baker's theft total bettered her previous high set against California on Jan. 4, 2003 and was a steal away from the Lady Dogs' single-game school record shared by Kedra Holland-Corn and Adrienne Shuler. Baker also moved into the No. 3 position among Georgia's career steals leaders with 303, surpassing Holland-Corn's tally of 302 from 1993-97. She is just 39 steals off the Lady Dogs' career record of 342 established by five-time U.S. Olympian Teresa Edwards.

The Lady Bulldogs will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Murfreesboro, Tenn., to face Middle Tennessee State at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Georgia's next home game will be next Sunday when the Lady Dogs host Georgia Tech at Stegeman Coliseum at 2:00 p.m. Members of Georgia's 1985 and 1995 Final Four teams will be honored at halftime of that contest.


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