Georgia Tops South Carolina 74-65

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The No. 15-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs (14-5,4-2) used a decisive run to open the second half and defeated South Carolina, 74-65, at the Colonial Center here on Tuesday night.

En route to the victory, Lady Bulldog senior guards Sherill Baker and Alexis Kendrick both added significant qualifiers to their resumes during the victory.

Baker notched two steals to move into a tie with Tan White as the SEC's all-time career leader in thefts with 372.

"It's very special," Baker said. "It's amazing accomplishment. Hopefully, I'll be able to get the record."

Ironically, Baker would have broken the record late in the contest after deflecting a ball on the perimeter. The basketball hit an official, however, before Baker could collect it and South Carolina regained possession.

Baker also scored 17 points in the victory to vault from No. 16 to No. 14 among Georgia's career scoring leaders.

Kendrick notched her 500th career assist early in the contest, delivering a pass which resulted in a Baker bucket at the 16:29 mark of the first half. She joins Teresa Edwards, Kelly Miller and Adrienne Shuler as the only Lady Bulldogs with to reach that milestone.

Tasha Humphrey scored a game-high 18 points and collected 11 rebounds to post her eighth double-double of the season. Cori Chambers added 16 points, largely due to a 4-of-5 night from three-point range, and Janese Hardrick chipped in a dozen points, largely due to going 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the waning minutes of the contest.

The Gamecocks led a majority of the first half. After Georgia grabbed a quick lead, South Carolina surged to its largest lead at 14-8 with 13:10 left in the first half. The Lady Bulldogs eventually tied the game at 24-24 but could not garner an advantage. Georgia notted the score on a layup by Desiré Bostice with four seconds left in the half.

The Lady Bulldogs opened the second half quickly, building a 41-31 lead just 4:11 into the second half. Baker keyed the run with a pair of buckets and a kick-out which resulted in a three by Chambers. The Gamecocks pulled within four points twice thereafter but never pulled within a single possession.

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