The University of Georgia Lady Bulldog basketball team fell to the 16th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies, 64-47, Thursday evening in Stegeman Coliseum.
Redshirt-junior Jenna Staiti paced Georgia with 15 points. Senior Stephanie Paul joined Staiti in double-digit scoring, notching 12 points.
“We’ve just got to have better discipline,” Georgia head coach Joni Taylor said. “I thought some of our more experienced players weren’t focused and locked in when they needed to be down the stretch and made some mental mistakes that we normally don’t make. That can’t happen in games like this where we have a chance to win on our home floor.”
After the Aggies scored the first basket of the game, the Lady Bulldogs kept Texas A&M scoreless for the next four minutes. A three-point jumper from junior Gabby Connally and two-straight layups from Staiti put Georgia up 9-4 halfway through the frame.
A 5-0 run by the Aggies notched the game 11-all before a jumper by freshman Javyn Nicholson gave the Lady Bulldogs the 13-11 advantage at the end of the first period.
After exchanging baskets, a 3-point shot from sophomore Shaniya Jones regained Georgia’s largest lead to that point, 22-18. Four different Lady Bulldogs notched scores to send Georgia to the locker room up 24-23.
Texas A&M made two layups early in the third quarter to gain the 27-26 advantage, their first since leading 2-0. Three Lady Bulldog layups matched a 6-0 run by the Aggies to keep the game within a point with 4:13 left in the period.
While Texas A&M scored the next eight-straight points, Staiti kept the deficit under double digits with two layups and a free throw in the following minutes to end the period 42-37.
Connally opened the fourth quarter with a shot behind the arc to cut the Aggies’ lead to three. Texas A&M followed by scoring the next 12 points to gain its first double-digit lead of the game. The Aggies finished on its largest run to conclude the game 64-47.