Lady Dawgs take care of Tech again

ATHENS - Tasha Humphrey poured in a season-high 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to post her fifth straight double-double and lead the Georgia Lady Bulldogs (8-0) to a 71-64 victory over arch-rival Georgia Tech (5-1) on Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 6,816 at Stegeman Coliseum.

The Lady Bulldogs rallied from halftime deficit for the third consecutive game on Sunday. Previously, Georgia trailed both Souther Cal and Oakland a intermission before strong second halves. The Lady Bulldogs did so again on Sunday en route to their 28th victory in 30 meetings with Tech.

Humphrey's effort matched the longest such string of double-doubles in her career. She also had five midway through the 2005-06 season when she was a Kodak All-American and finalist for the State Farm/Wade Trophy.

Ashley Houts chipped in 16 points, including going 8-of-8 from the free throw line in the final two minutes, and Angel Robinson chipped in 13.

Iasia Hemingway scored a game-high 22 points to lead Georgia Tech, while Chioma Nnamaka and Alex Montgomery added 18 and 13, respectively.

Georgia controlled the game early, building a six-point lead and holding an advantage until Hemingway scored with 3:21 left in the half to knot the score at 20-20. The Yellow Jackets continued their surge and built a 31-22 lead with 1:01 remaining in the period.

Tech's three-quarter court press forced the Lady Bulldogs into 11 first-half turnovers which resulted in 16 points.

Georgia quickly tied the game at 35-35 early in the second half before the Jackets pushed their lead back to seven. The Lady Bulldogs finally took the lead on a layup by Humphrey that made it 53-52.

"I think that this team really showed tremendous courage," head coach Andy Landers said. "Tech would be ahead by six or seven and we would come back and make it an even game. Then they would get another lead, but we would come right back. I don't think there was any point in this game that we really felt like we were in trouble."

The game was tied at 59-59 with 1:55 remaining before Georgia outscored Tech 12-5 the rest of the way. The Lady Bulldogs connected on 10-of-10 free throws during the decisive stretch, including Houts' eight.

Georgia will enjoy a week away from competition before hosting Davidson next Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Stegeman Coliseum.

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