Lady Bulldogs wrap up No. 3 in SEC Tournament

Fayetteville - It was the worst of halves, followed by the best of halves for the No. 13-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs on Thursday night.

The Lady Dogs broke from a 22-22 tie at halftime -- their lowest point production of the season -- to pour in 64 second-half points -- Georgia's best offensive stanza of the year -- en route to an 86-80 win over Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena.

The Lady Bulldogs improved to 19-7 overall and 9-4 in SEC play with the win, while Arkansas fell to 13-13 and 5-8.

"In the second half, we played better defense inside and we quit turning the ball over," Andy Landers said. "After we quit giving the ball away, we executed reasonably well."

Sherill Baker scored a career-high 28 points, while Tasha Humphrey and Janese Hardrick chipped 25 and 20, respectively, to lead Georgia. Freshman Whitney Jones scored 21 points off the bench to lead four Lady Backs in double digits.

Georgia's victory, coupled with Vanderbilt's win over Kentucky, locked up the No. 3 seed at next weekend's SEC Tournament for Georgia.

Early in the second half, the Lady Bulldogs were in deep trouble. Arkansas, which was just 1-of-10 from three-point range in the first half, hit five threes over the first 6:24 of the second half as the Lady Backs surged to a 47-37 lead.

Georgia eventually mounted its comeback. Down 51-41 at the 11:47 mark, Megan Darrah hit an 11-foot baseline jumper which ignited an 11-2 run pulling the Lady Dogs to within 53-52.

The Lady Dogs finally took the lead on a three-point play by Humphrey which made it 64-61 at the 4:50 mark. Baker's steal and layup at the 2:33 mark ignited a 11-0 run which put Georgia in control.

Save Baker, the Lady Bulldogs started the game extremely cold. She scored Georgia's first 10 points and the Lady Dogs trailed 14-10 before Humphrey scored on a layup on an assist from Baker at the 7:33 mark. That started a 10-4 run which eventually put Georgia up 20-14 at the 4:07 mark.

Arkansas responded with an 8-2 surge during the remainder of the period and knotted the score on a Hobbs three with 23.9 left.

The Lady Bulldog will complete their regular-season slate on Sunday when they host Auburn at Stegeman Coliseum at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for $1 tickets to that contest are available at and the first 500 fans in attendance will receive a "Go Dogs" spirit band.

In addition, Georgia's three seniors -- Sherill Baker, Alexis Kendrick and Desiré Bostice -- will honored prior to tip-off of their last home game as Lady Bulldogs.

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