Humphrey, Baker Earn All-America Recognition

ATHENS - Georgia Lady Bulldogs Tasha Humphrey and Sherill Baker both picked up multiple All-America certificates within a 24-hour span on Wednesday.

Tasha Humphrey was named third-team All-America by the Associated Press and first-team All-America by the Women's Basketball News Service. Baker was an honorable mention and third-team selection by the AP and WBNS, respectively.

In addtion, Sherill Baker was tabbed the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Women's Basketball News Service.

Both players already were named first-team All-SEC in balloting of both league coaches and media.

"All the honors that have come their way have been very well deserved," head coach Andy Landers said. "It's been a very interesting season because Sherill and Tasha acquired their recognition from different directions. When the year started, a large majority of people probably thought that Tasha had a very good chance at being an All-American. She's certainly had the type of season to solidify that status. On the other hand, Sherill wasn't even among most folks first-team All-SEC picks. She has been so impressive that there was no doubt in my mind that she would make some All-America teams, too. It's nice to have two of our players recognized and thought of so highly. It's a tribute to their hard work and dedication."

Humphrey and Baker provided Georgia with the only duo ranked among the nation's top-25 scoring leaders this season. In the latest NCAA statistics released on March 21, Humphrey ranked No. 16 and Baker was at No. 23. Both players then scored higher than their averages at that time during the Lady Bulldogs' "Sweet 16" loss to Connecticut.

Humphrey led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring (20.1 ppg), rebounding (9.1 rpg), three-point percentage (.448), free throw percentage (.836) and blocked shots (0.7). She reached double digits in 29 of 31 games, including 15 20-point outings and 13 double-double performances. Humphrey ranked No. 2 in the SEC in scoring and No. 3 in rebounding and also was listed among the league's leaders in field goal three-point percentage, free throw percentage and minutes played.

Humphrey becomes just the fourth Lady Bulldog to be named first-, second- or third-team All-America by the AP since the news service began recognizing a team in 1995. Saudia Roundtree was a first-team pick in 1996, La'Keshia Frett was a third-team selection in 1997 and Kelly Miller was a first-team choice in both 2000 and 2001.

Baker averaged 18.7 points per game, an increase of 7.9 points per game over her average during her first three seasons at Georgia. She led the nation in steals virtually the entire season and during that time also shattered the Georgia and Southeastern Conference career and single-season records for steals. Baker finished the year with 149 steals, the No. 11 mark among the NCAA's all-time leaders for a season. She also compiled 426 steals during her four years in Athens, the No. 9 tally among the NCAA's all-time leaders.

Georgia completed the year with a 23-9 record, the 22nd 20-win season during Landers' 27 years in Athens. The Lady Bulldogs advanced to their 23rd NCAA Tournament and 16th "Sweet 16", totals which both rank No. 3 nationally.

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