Cold-shooting Gators fall
Published: Friday, January 28, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 28, 2005 at 1:00 a.m.
ATHENS, Ga. - For about 30 seconds, Andy Landers' decision to put freshman Tasha Humphrey back into No. 19 Georgia's 81-61 win over Florida looked questionable when she fell to the floor and didn't get up with 1:10 to play.
But Humphrey rose to play again and terrorize another Southeastern Conference foe.
Humphrey scored 21 points and missed double digits in rebounds by one, the reason that Landers reinserted her.
''I'm not one to play for records,'' said Landers, ''but if she had a chance to get another double double and continue her streak, then she deserves it. She has worked hard and done a lot for our program, and I know how that attention can benefit a player.''
Humphrey had doubled in every Southeastern Conference game until Thursday and 10 times overall. Shortly after re-entering the game, she fell hard on her bruised left shoulder, which was wrapped with a brace, but she walked off the floor seconds later.
Guard Sherill Baker played all 40 minutes, scoring 18 points, dishing six assists, grabbing five rebounds, stealing two and even blocking one for the Lady Dogs (16-5, 5-2 SEC). She forced Tamia Williams into 10 missed shots en route to 14 points for Florida (12-7, 3-3 SEC).
''She did a heck of a job on Williams,'' Landers said. ''That's why I didn't take her out of the game.''
Georgia's bench outscored Florida's subs 34-7, led by Janese Hardrick with 16 and Cori Chambers with 13.
Bernice Mosby led the Gators with 25 points. She became the 18th Gator to pass the 1,000-point threshold, finishing the night with 1,016.
Florida started well, hitting five of its first seven shots and taking a 15-5 lead in the opening five minutes. But the Gators hit only 6 of 18 the rest of the half, and could not slow Humphrey in the second half.
''We were trying to limit touches for Humphrey,'' said Florida Coach Carolyn Peck. ''But she went to work early in the second half, and then it seemed like everybody on Georgia's team hit a long shot.''
The win was the 708th for Landers, tying him with Sue Gunter for fourth on the all-time list, one behind Rutger' Vivian Stringer.
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