ATHENS, Ga. -- The No. 13 Georgia Lady Bulldogs lost their first home game of the season, 64-46, to the No. 20 Texas A&M Aggies on Sunday at Stegeman Coliseum.
Georgia (16-3, 4-2 SEC) was led by Jasmine Hassell with nine points, while Shacobia Barbee and Erika Ford tied for team-high rebounding honors with eight. The Aggies (14-5, 4-1 SEC) were paced by Courtney Walker's 12 points and Kristi Bellock's nine rebounds.
The Aggies scored first, but the Lady Bulldogs executed a 6-0 spurt that gave them a 6-2 advantage just four minutes into the game. Texas A&M quickly retaliated and took the lead back, 8-6 just two minutes later.
A jumper by Barbee tied the game at 8-8, before the Aggies went on a seven minute, 16-2 run that gave them a definitive 24-10 lead with five minutes left in the half. Texas A&M capped the run off with three consecutive treys in just over a minute. The Lady Bulldogs continued to pound away, but were unable to make a dent in Texas A&M's lead.
"The story of the game was those back-to-back three-pointers that they hit in the first half," said head coach Andy Landers. "That was it. They hit them almost back-to-back in such a short span, and that really hurt us."
The Aggies closed the half with a 7-0 surge that gave them a 39-16 advantage entering halftime. Texas A&M was more effective from the field, shooting 51.7 percent, while Georgia shot at 22.6 percent. In the first period, both teams shot 50 percent from the charity stripe.
Georgia started the second half with an energetic 5-2 spurt that brought the score to 41-21. Texas A&M then executed a brisk 10-3 run that increased its lead to 51-24. Krista Donald then hit four consecutive free throws to ignite a Lady Bulldog 14-2 surge that made the score 53-38.
The Aggies interrupted Georgia's momentum with a 6-0 spurt of their own that increased their lead to 59-38. The Lady Bulldogs were unable to regain their momentum and cut into Texas A&M's lead enough to rally for the win.
Georgia performed better in the second half than the first, shooting 37.5 percent from the field and 68.8 percent from the free throw line. The Lady Bulldogs also out rebounded the Aggies in the second period 20-11. Unfortunately, the damage was done in the first half, and Georgia was unable to recover from a 23-point halftime deficit.
Following an open date this Thursday, Georgia returns to action next Sunday, Jan. 27 when it hosts Florida at 1 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on CSS.
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