ATHENS, Ga. (AP) – Gary Blair is much happier with his results against Georgia now that he’s the coach at Texas A&M.
The No. 20 Aggies defeated No. 13 Georgia 64-46 Sunday night to give Blair his first win in Athens.
“Andy (Landers) has 13 cattle named after me, and I am serious,” said Blair, referring to Landers’ 13-1 record against Blair when the latter was at Arkansas. “I just wish he played golf. I know I could catch up to him on the golf course.”
At Texas A&M, Blair is 2-0 against Landers and Georgia. The Aggies squad that won the 2011 NCAA championship eliminated Georgia in the Sweet 16, 79-38.
Courtney Walker scored 12 points to lead a strong perimeter performance by Texas A&M (14-5, 4-1 Southeastern Conference.) A&M’s Kelsey Bone, the SEC’s leading scorer and rebounder, saw her streak of five straight double-doubles come to an end as she scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds. She spent long stretches on the bench with foul trouble.
“My outside kids stepped up,” said Blair, praising guards Adrienne Pratcher and Jordan Jones. “When you have 10 assists and zero turnovers on the road against a zone, I am going to put a lot of cheeseburgers on their plates today. Georgia was taking away our inside game.”
The Aggies hit 51 percent from the field (26 of 51) and made 5 of 10 3-pointers.
“That is not usually their game,” said Landers.
Jasmine Hassell led Georgia (16-3, 4-2) with only nine points. The Lady Bulldogs shot 29.1 percent from the field (16 of 55) and made 1 of 6 3-pointers.
“Did we get good shots?” asked Landers. “That is the only question. I thought we got a lot of good looks in the first half.”
It was the first time Georgia failed to have a scorer in double figures since being eliminated by Stanford from the NCAA tournament March 27, 2010, when Anne Marie Armstrong led the Lady Bulldogs with eight points.
Texas A&M pulled away in the last 11:27 before halftime. The Lady Bulldogs trailed 11-10 after Jasmine Jones’ short jumper, but the Aggies responded with a 13-0 run and outscored Georgia 28-6 over the remainder of the half.
Bone scored the first basket of that 13-0 run, but she went to the bench with her second foul at the 9:39 mark and watched as Texas A&M padded its lead with perimeter jumpers, including four 3-pointers. Meanwhile, Georgia went scoreless for 6:36 before Armstrong scored on a spin move with 4:51 to go in the half.
In the second half, Peyton Little’s driving layup put Texas A&M up 51-24 with 12:33 to play, but the Lady Dogs responded with a 10-0 run. Krista Donald scored six of those points as Georgia cut the deficit to 51-34 with 9:41 remaining.
The closest Georgia got was 53-38 after Khaalidah Miller hit Georgia’s only 3-pointer of the day with 6:47 showing.
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