Lady Bulldogs End Regular Season with Win

ATHENS - The No.13-ranked Lady Bulldogs (20-7, 10-4 SEC) honored their three departing seniors Sherill Baker, Desire Bostice and Alexis Kendrick as they notched their 20th win of the season Sunday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum beating the Auburn Tigers (13-14, 4-10 SEC), 74-61.

Today's win marks the 22nd time coach Andy Landers has had a 20-win season in Athens. He averages 24.4 wins a season, and is ranked third all-time among Division I women's basketball head coaches with 20 or more years experience.

Tasha Humphrey led the Lady Bulldogs with 22 points and 10 rebounds, ending the 27-game season with 12 double-doubles, including seven in SEC play.

Sherill Baker added 21 points and a team-high three steals. Her three steals moved her past No.16 Sonja Tate of Arkansas State and into a tie with Clentana Dawkins of Northeast Illinois on the No.15-ranked NCAA career steals leaders ledger. In addition to her already stellar accomplishments, Baker ends her regular season career tied with co-No. 7s La'Keshia Frett and Tracy Henderson among UGA's career leaders for starts.

Megan Darrah had 10 points and Janese Hardrick added 13 points off the bench and had a team-high five assists.

The Lady Bulldogs committed a season-low six turnovers. They never fell behind the Tigers and led by as many as 17 points.

"I thought we were really sharp and we shot the ball well and hit the threes early," said Landers. "Then we seperated ourselves from Auburn, which was a good thing. We turned them over a little bit in the first half and that helped us keep them from scoring and helped us score at the same time."

Auburn's 6-7 freshman KeKe Carrier led the Tigers with 26 points and nine rebounds.

"KeKe Carrier is a force to be reckoned with and Georgia didn't have the answer for her," said Auburn Head Coach Nell Fortner. "We were focused on getting the ball into her and she did a good job finishing shots and hitting her free throws"

"I thought my team fought hard," added Fortner. "That was the biggest thing to come into an environment like this with a young team. It can be intimidating but I don't think they were intimidated at all. The biggest thing that hurt us today is we turned the ball over too much. Georgia was hot on that three-point line and we couldn't get to their shooters quick enough."

The Lady Bulldogs have now won 12 of the last 14 meetings with Auburn, taking a 20-12 advantage all-time, including a 13-3 mark at home.

"We played the way we needed to play to win a basketball game," said Landers. "You don't like to be in the position that you have to adjust your entire team, but we had to because of their tremendous height inside, and thank goodness we dropped the threes."

Georgia locked up the No.3 seed in the SEC tournament with a win over Arkansas on Thursday. They will open SEC tournament play against the winner of Thursday's first-round game between No. 6 seed Vanderbilt and No. 11 seed Alabama on Friday at 9:50 p.m. at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Ark.

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