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WBB: Georgia downs TAMU 54-50

Georgia guard Asia Avinger (11) during Georgia’s game against Texas A&M at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024. (Tony Walsh/UGAAA)

A fast-paced defensive effort boosted the University of Georgia women’s basketball team past the Texas A&M Aggies, 54-50, in the Lady Bulldogs’ Southeastern Conference lid lifter Thursday evening before 3,425 spectators in Stegeman Coliseum.  

Fifth-year senior forward Javyn Nicholson paced Georgia once again with her SEC-leading ninth double-double of the year. Nicholson scored 20 points and added 10 rebounds in 35 minutes of action.  





Georgia (10-4, 1-0 SEC) opened the game on an 8-0 run and led 26-18 after one quarter.  





The Lady Bulldogs continued to build on their lead in the second quarter. Both teams traded points before the Aggies used a six-point run to close the gap and get within one, 32-31. A back-and-forth effort on both sides kept the score within one as Georgia maintained the lead after the first half, 36-35.  

A low scoring start to the third quarter saw five total points in the first six minutes. A 6-0 run gaveTexas A&M its first lead of the game, 43-39. The Lady Bulldogs’ defense kept the Aggies from scoring again as Georgia trailed by two, 43-41, heading into the final quarter.  

Destiny Thomas tied the game at 43 with a turnaround jumper to open the fourth period. Four lead changes kept the game within two, 50-48, with Texas A&M leading in the final six minutes. Four points from Nicholson and a pair of made free throws from De’Mauri Flournoy gave Georgia its final 54-50 advantage.  

Storylines from Today’s Game 

  • Texas A&M’s 50 points were the fewest scored by a Georgia opponent this season 
  • Georgia shot a season-best 9-of-10 (90%) from the free throw line 
  • Georgia caused 22 Aggie turnovers, the most by Texas A&M this season 
  • The Lady Bulldogs held the Aggies scoreless for the final 6:05 of the game 
  • Georgia held Texas A&M’s Janiyah Barker to her third single-figures scoring performance this season 
  • Georgia has forced double figure turnovers in every contest this season 
  • This win evens the record in Stegeman Coliseum to 4-4 

     Career Highs/Player Superlatives 
  • Javyn Nicholson tallied her fifth 20-point scoring effort of the season, recording her fifth-straight double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds 
  • Destiny Thomas recorded double-digit rebounds for the fourth time this season, tying her season high with 11 
  • Jordan Cole scored a season-high eight points, adding four rebounds and two steals 
  • Zoesha Smith tallied six points, five rebounds, and three steals 
  • Asia Avinger dished a team-high five assists while tying a season-high with three steals 
  • What’s Next 

    Georgia will hit the road and travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas to face the Razorbacks on Sunday at 2 p.m.  

MTennis: The Gamecock Kickoff is next for UGA – January 5-7 in Columbia

Filipe Costa

After strong performances during the fall slate, the Georgia men’s tennis team returns to action for its final tournament before the dual match season at the Gamecock Kickoff inside the Carolina Tennis Center in Columbia, S.C., on Jan. 5-7.

Gamecock Kickoff

Date: Jan. 5-7, 2023

Location: Columbia, S.C.

Venue: Carolina Tennis Complex

Live Stats + Video: https://gado.gs/b85

Tournament Central: https://gado.gs/b86


Draw and Schedule: The Gamecock Kickoff will be played in a round-robin format, with matches starting each day at 9 a.m. ET and the second slate to begin not before 1 p.m. Georgia, who is joined by host South Carolina, Illinois and VCU, will play in matches against a rotation of the opposing schools in singles and doubles. Players will compete in one match in both competitions each day. Admission is free for fans to attend. 

Fantastic Fall: The Bulldogs had an impressive start to the year during their fall season. The team claimed tournament titles in three of the four fall events that multiple players participated in. Ryan Colby won the Longhorn Invitational in September, Colby and Niels Ratiu took the red draw doubles title and Thomas Paulsell earned the red draw singles title at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships and Miguel Perez Peña won the ITA Southeast Regional Singles Championship in October. Parker Mariencheck rounded out the fall by going undefeated in singles at the Georgia Tech Invitational in November. 

Georgia’s successes earned the team a No. 18 national ranking, also putting four athletes in the ITA singles rankings and a pair in the doubles poll. After a trio of ranked wins in Austin, Texas, Colby leads the team with a No. 36 ranking. He is closely followed by No. 41 Thomas Paulsell, who picked up his highest-ranked win against 46th-ranked Nemanja Malesevic (Miss. St.) at the Georgia Tech Invitational, and No. 43 Perez Peña. Freshman No. 112 Cyrus Mahjoob, a semifinalist at the ITA Southeast Regional, closed out the ranked Bulldogs in singles. In doubles, No. 42 Colby and Ratiu earned a spot after a 7-3 start together. 

New-Look Bulldogs: Georgia brings in six new freshmen and a transfer to its 2023-24 roster. The team has enrolled five-stars Mahjoob and Davis Taylor, four stars Parker Jacques and Mariencheck as well as Belgium-native Raitu. The Bulldogs also signed USC transfer Colby, who was a former blue-chip prospect and All-Pac 12 honoree. Freddy Blaydes, who has a career-high International Tennis Federation world juniors ranking of No. 117 and signed with the program in October, will join the team for the spring season.

Juniors Paulsell, Perez Peña and redshirt sophomore Filipe Costa are the only three players from the 2023 SEC regular season championship team still on the roster. Five of the remaining six used their final year of eligibility last season while Ethan Quinn opted to begin his professional career after winning the NCAA singles national championship in May.

Diaz Enters 36th Season: Manuel Diaz – the SEC’s all-time wins leader with 767 career victories –  begins his 36th season as the Georgia men’s tennis coach. Diaz led the Bulldogs to another conference championship and a deep run in the NCAA tournament in 2023. 

The United States Tennis Association Southern Tennis Hall of Fame coach has guided Georgia to 29 SEC championships, four NCAA national titles (1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008) and two Intercollegiate Tennis Association indoor national championships in 36 years. He has been named SEC Coach of the Year on seven occasions and the ITA National Coach of the Year three times. 

Most recently, the Bulldogs captured the SEC crown with a perfect 12-0 conference record on their way to the NCAA quarterfinals. Under Diaz’s guidance, redshirt freshman Quinn became just the fourth rookie since 1977 to win the NCAA singles championship and the third Georgia player to accomplish the feat, joining the elite company of Mikael Pernfors and Matias Boeker.

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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.

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