December 8, 2004
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia coach Andy Landers has closed the door to the locker room for the 11th-ranked Bulldogs and taken away the team’s practice jerseys.
They did nothing Tuesday night to win them back.
Arizona State’s Kylan Loney hit five 3-pointers in scoring 23 points to lead the Sun Devils (7-1) to a 67-57 win over Georgia (5-3).
‘‘We are not wearing anything with a ’G’ on it right now, except our game uniforms,’’ Landers said. ‘‘I don’t think our players understand what that ‘G’ stands for. There have been 26 years of effort, of playing hard defense, of taking charges, in wearing that ‘G’.’’
Tasha Humphrey led Georgia in scoring with 16 points, but the Bulldogs turned the ball over 24 times, wasting a 59 percent shooting effort. The Sun Devils scored 30 points off turnovers.
‘‘This is possibly our best team effort of the year,’’ said ASU coach Charli Thorne Turner. ‘‘We had people coming in and making big plays and hitting big shots.
‘‘We limited their second shots,’’ she added, ‘‘and that’s really Georgia’s first offense.’’
Georgia held a 26-25 halftime lead, but ASU outscored Georgia 19-6 over an eightminute stretch, building a 52-38 lead with 9:56 to play. Emily Westerberg scored six of her 10 points during the stretch. Georgia cut the Sun Devils’ lead to 61-53 with 5:19 to play, but a 3-pointer by Betsy Boardman pushed the lead back to 66-53.
Georgia led 24-13 before Arizona State dominated the final five minutes of the first half with a 12-2 run. Boardman’s 3-pointer to start it ended a scoring drought of more than five minutes by the Sun Devils.
‘‘We tried to play hard,’’ said Georgia’s Cori Chambers, who added 13 points. ‘‘We were trying to focus on the little things. But we had too many turnovers and made some mistakes.’’