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Jackets Come Up Short Against Cross-Town Foe No. 8 Georgia

Dec. 3, 2006

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ATLANTA (AP) -Tasha Humphrey scored 23 points in her first full game of the season and No. 8 Georgia used an 18-0 run in the second half to beat Georgia Tech 79-69 on Sunday.

The Lady Bulldogs (7-0) converted four three-point plays – two of them by Humphrey – during the decisive run, which turned a 49-45 deficit into a 63-49 lead.

Georgia Tech (3-3) got as close as 64-60 when Tabitha Turner hit a pair of free throws with 6:10 remaining. But Georgia pulled away down the stretch for the 27th win in 29 meetings against its state rival.

Humphrey, who was suspended from the first five games after being charged with underage alcohol possession, was allowed to play in the second half of the Bulldogs’ previous game, a 95-46 victory over Memphis. This was the first time she was available for the whole game, though she didn’t start.

That was a minor point. Humphrey made 7 of 13 shots from the field and all eight of her free throws. She also had seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal in 29 minutes.

Humphrey scored 8 points during the spurt that put Georgia in control, including a putback with 9:27 left after Christy Marshall missed a jumper. Georgia Tech’s Daphne Mitchell was called for a foul, and Humphrey made the free throw as well.

Megan Darrah and Marshall added 16 points apiece for the Lady Bulldogs. Darrah also had 10 rebounds for her third double-double in the last six games.

Janie Mitchell led Georgia Tech with a career-high 26 points, topping her previous best of 21 against Virginia last season. But no one else on her team had more than 11.

Freshman guard Ashley Houts, Georgia’s top scorer on the season, played only eight minutes in the first half after picking up three fouls. She finished with 11 points.

Georgia Tech pulled out a 55-49 upset over the then-No. 6 Lady Bulldogs when the teams met at Alexander Memorial Coliseum two years ago. Last season, Georgia beat the Yellow Jackets 72-66 in Athens.

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