Lady Dawgs beat Tennessee-Martin


Posted Dec 31, 2005


Martin, Tenn. - Cori Chambers scored a career-high 29 points and Sherill Baker tied Teresa Edwards’ Lady Bulldog career record for steals as No. 17 Georgia defeated Tennessee-Martin 81-47 here on Friday night.

Baker collected her seventh steal of the game with 1:07 left in the contest. That also was her 342nd in a Lady Bulldog uniform, tying the tally of Edwards, a two-time All-American and five-time Olympian.

“That’s a record that has been there for a while,” Andy Landers said. “It goes back to the mid-80s and has stood the test of time. She anticipates so well and plays so hard. It’s nice to see her get her own reward with that type of play.”

Baker also moved into a with Edwards at the No. 5 position among the SEC’s all-time steals leaders.

Andreika Jackson, a Decatur, Ga., native from Southwest DeKalb High School, led Tennessee-Martin with 18 points.

Georgia began quickly, jumping out to an 8-0 run just 2:12 into the game, before UT-Martin settled in. The Skyhawks knocked down a couple jumpers and then packed into a tight zone on the other end of the floor.

The Lady Bulldogs failed to convert on several wide-open looks from behind the arc and UT-Martin stayed within four points as late as the 7:15 mark.

Georgia broke the game late in the stanza by finishing the period on a 15-0 run. Baker and Chambers scored all of the points during the surge, with Baker knocking down the first five and Chambers pouring in the last 10 in only 2:54.

Chambers finished the half with a season-high 21 points, three more than Tennessee-Martin and four more than her previous best this year against Baylor in the season opener.

More importantly, hopefully the junior shot herself out of a scoring slump. Chambers was Georgia’s second-leading scorer last season at 13.1 points per game. She reached double figures in each of the first two games but had done so only twice in the last night outings.

Tasha Humphrey failed to reach double figures for just the third time in 44 games played at Georgia. Humphrey sat much of the first half after picking up two fouls in less than six minutes into the game. She picked up two fouls even quicker in the second half and finished with only five points.


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