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UGA sits Humphrey six games

ATHENS - Georgia women's basketball star Tasha Humphrey will be suspended for the first six games after being charged with underage possession of

alcohol.

Humphrey, who averaged 20.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game last season, will miss key games against national powers Stanford and Rutgers during her suspension. She'll be eligible to return for a Dec. 3 contest at Georgia Tech.

Coach Andy Landers said Tuesday that university policy required him to suspend Humphrey for three games - 10 percent of the team's schedule. He decided to double the penalty to underscore the severity of her actions at a time when there is school crackdown on alcohol abuse.

The 20-year-old Humphrey was arrested by Athens-Clarke County police on Sept. 30 on a charge of underage alcohol possession. She was jailed on the misdemeanor charge for less than an hour before being released on $500 bond.

''This situation has never occurred in the 28 years I've been here,'' Landers said. ''I want to make sure she understands and everyone else understands that it's just flat-out not acceptable.''

The 6-foot-3 junior was a third-team All-American last season, leading the Bulldogs to a 23-9 record and the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

Humphrey underwent knee surgery during the offseason to clear up a lingering problem and isn't expected to be at full strength when Georgia holds its first practice Friday night. However, Landers expects her to be cleared soon by the team's medical staff.

Georgia opens the season Nov. 12 against Rutgers at the Tip-off Classic in Norman, Okla., and has another crucial game on Nov. 26 at home against Stanford. Humphrey also will miss games against North Carolina A&T (Nov. 15), Davidson (Nov. 19), Georgia Southern (Nov. 21) and Memphis (Nov. 29).

In addition, she will be required to do extra work off the court as part of her

punishment.

''This disappoints me and I'm sure a lot of other people greatly,'' Landers said. ''We don't have a great deal of (rules). The reason we don't have a lot of rules is that we've not had a lot of unruly people.''