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Georgia 72, Richmond 41

Andy Landers talks to his team Andy Landers talks to his team
Georgia's Janese Hardrick takes a shot and is fouled Georgia's Janese Hardrick takes a shot and is fouled
Georgia's Megan Darrah prepares to shoot Georgia's Megan Darrah prepares to shoot

Richmond, Va. --- Andy Landers captured his 750th victory on Thursday night against a coach who helped him collect more than a third of those wins as an assistant on his staff.

No. 11 Georgia (11-1) started sluggish before racing to a 35-12 halftime lead en route to a 72-41 victory over Richmond (4-8). The Spiders are coached Michael Shafer, the Lady Bulldogs' former associate head coach who helped Georgia compile a 273-84 in 11 seasons in Athens from 1994-2005.

Landers became just the fourth major college women's basketball coach to reach 750 career wins, joining Tennessee's Pat Summitt, Texas' Jody Conradt and Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer.

Landers compiled an 82-21 record in four seasons at Roane State Junior College, victories the NCAA does not officially recognize, and is 668-209 in 28 seasons at Georgia.

"It's getting up there," Landers quipped.

Cori Chambers poured in 20 points, including 17 in the first half, to lead four Lady Bulldogs in double figures. Janese Hardrick added 12 points and game highs of five assists and five steals, while Tasha Humphrey and Megan Darrah chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively.

After leading just 6-4 with 12:00 left in the first half, Georgia closed out the period on a 29-8 surge.

Chambers scored 11 of the Lady Bulldogs' first 15 points. During that span she moved past Stacey Ford and into the No. 18 position on the Lady Dogs' career leaders ledger for points.

"I just got a couple of open looks and people set me up for some good shots," Chambers said. "I took them and they happened to go down tonight."

Chambers finished the period with 17, the third time in the last two seasons that she has single-handedly outscored the opposition during the first half. She also did so in games against Savannah State and Tennessee-Martin last season.

"I really thought offensively we executed very well and shot the ball well," Landers said. "Of course, Cori was huge in the first half. Defensively, we played the zone very, very well. We didn't clean up after we forced the shots, but we made the slides well. We've got to rebound better on the defensive end."

The Lady Bulldogs will now enjoy a week-long holiday break from competition. Georgia will return to action on Dec. 28 when the Lady Dogs face No. 18 George Washington in the opening round of San Diego State's Surf 'n Slam Classic.

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