Lady Dawgs pound State

ATHENS - Tasha Humphrey scored a team-high 18 points while Sherill Baker, Cori Chambers and Janese Hardrick scored 15 points apiece as the No.13-ranked Lady Bulldogs (13-4, 3-1 SEC) beat the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs by a score of 81-42 at Stegeman Coliseum Thursday night.

Baker also recorded 10 steals, tying a school record and moving into second place on the SEC's all-time list. She is now just four shy of SEC career steals leader Tan White of Mississippi State.

"Sherill had a great accomplishment with the 10 steals," said Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers. "As usual, she was super and got the defense going."

Baker and Hardrick led the team with five assists each, while Baker and Chambers brought down a team-high seven rebounds apiece. Alexis Kendrick record her 499th assist

The Lady Bulldogs went into halftime with a 25-point lead and never looked back. They had their largest lead of 43 points at the 8:45 mark of the second half. The team had more steals (21) than fouls (19) against Mississippi State.

"We balanced the minutes tonight, so hopefully we'll be fresh for the next one (LSU on Sunday)," said Landers. "That's a good thing, sharing the load on minutes, as we prepare for an LSU team with great legs. LSU is awfully athletic. They are quick and very good offensively and defensively. They may well be the best team in the country. It will be a tall, quick challenge, but it's one we're looking forward to."

Amy Reeder led Mississippi State with nine points off the bench. The team committed a total of 32 turnovers.

"Going into the game we knew that Doceide [Warren] might not play at all," said Mississippi State Head Coach Sharon Fanning. "She just couldn't get us in the flow and we were rushing things. She needed to be able to penetrate a little bit better for us. I give credit to Georgia. They put a lot of pressure on the ball and it takes people out of the offense position."

The Lady Bulldogs will host the No.3-ranked LSU Lady Tigers on Sunday at 3 p.m.


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