Lady Dawgs beat Bama

ATHENS — It was a Super Sunday for the Georgia women's basketball team as the Lady Bulldogs dispatched Alabama 84-59 at Stegeman Coliseum.

The 14th-ranked Lady Bulldogs improved to 17-5 overall and 7-2 in the SEC, while Alabama slipped to 8-14 and 2-7. In addition, Georgia moved to 13-4, including seven straight wins, on Super Bowl Sundays.

Cori Chambers paced the Lady Bulldogs with 18 points. Tasha Humphrey added 16 points and 12 rebounds, giving her five straight double-doubles, 11 this season and 25 in her career. Sherill Baker added 15 points and three steals, moving into the Top 20 on the NCAA's all-time list in the latter category. Janese Hardrick came off the bench to provide 14 points and a career-high eight steals.

Georgia led Alabama for the entire game and had its largest lead of 28 points with 2:41 to go.

"I thought it was one of those ugly wins," Georgia coach Andy Landers said. "It was hard to watch. Both teams did some things poorly. We were poor in shooting the basketball. We had some good shots that we missed."

Alabama got 23 points and 12 rebounds from Navonda Moore and 10 points from Lauren Hill. Dee Meriweather pulled down 10 rebounds for the Crimson Tide.

"I was very disappointed in the way we opened up the basketball game," Alabama coach Stephany Smith said. "Georgia did an exceptional job defensively and opened up their full court pressure. We did a really poor job of taking care of the basketball. I was pleased at how we came back in the second half, a little more aggressive offensively."

Georgia built a 44-23 lead at halftime as Chambers (16) and Baker (11) combined for 27 points. Chambers drilled three 3-pointers before the break and Baker was 5-for-5 on free throws. Hardrick gave Georgia a boost off the bench with six points and four steals. The Lady Bulldogs' biggest lead of the half was 25 at 44-19.

Georgia will return to action next Sunday at LSU. The Lady Bulldogs' next home game will be Feb. 16 against Tennessee.

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