ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 25-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs basketball team closed out their regular season schedule with a win over Texas A&M on Sunday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum, 67-58.
Today’s matchup was also Senior Day. Four seniors and graduates were recognized with their families prior to tip-off for all of their contributions to Georgia’s Lady Bulldogs basketball program.
With the win, Georgia improves to 20-8 on the season and 9-7 in Southeastern conference play. The Aggies fall to 14-14, 4-12.
Graduate center Jenna Staiti recorded a double-double posting 17 points and 10 rebounds. Reigan Richardson’s 10 points marks the fifth time in the last six games where the freshman has scored in double digits. As a team, Georgia shot 37 percent from the field but dominated the paint with 44 rebounds and 9 blocked shots.
“I would say we are getting back to normal,” shared head coach Joni Taylor. “I say that, and I’ll say this, nothing was wrong. We have great team chemistry. There wasn’t a problem. I just think we had some players who missed shots and they got mental about the shots they were taking and missing. We can’t let missing shots affect how we play, and I think that’s what happened to us for awhile. It feels like we are more to normal in terms of having confidence shooting the basketball, but whether we make or miss, next play mentality – that’s been the biggest shift for us.”
Guard Que Morrison put the Lady Bulldogs on the board early with a mid-range jumper and followed it up with a contested three-point make. Staiti showed her strength in the paint with a tough drive to the rim. Georgia battled back and forth with the Aggies until a powerful block from Morrison ensured a 14-13 lead at the end of the first.
Morrison and Richardson recorded back-to-back jumpers to keep Georgia on pace. Sarah Ashlee Barker found her rhythm behind the arc and knocked down a clutch three-point bucket. The Lady Bulldogs went into halftime up 25-24 after Jordan Isaacs recorded a pair of free throws to end the quarter.
Barker picked up where she ended the first half with another three-point jumper to open second-half scoring for the Lady Bulldogs. A resilient defensive effort and offensive prowl saw Georgia finish the third on an 8-0 run to enter the fourth quarter of play up 48-37.
The Lady Bulldogs benefited from Morrison’s seven fourth quarter points to seal their win over the Aggies.
Next up, the Lady Bulldogs begin SEC Tournament play Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee. Seeding for the tournament will be finalized after the conclusion of conference play for all schools.