Texas A&M forward N’dea Jones (31) hoops Georgia center Jenna Staiti (14) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday January 31, 2021 at College Station, Texas. (AP Photo / Sam Craft)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Playing in Georgia brings out the best of N’dea Jones of Texas A&M, who grew up in Lawrenceville, just 41 miles from the Georgia campus.
Jones had 15 points and 12 rebounds as he led the No.8 Aggies to a 60-48 victory over No.22 Georgia on Sunday. A&M (16-1, 7-1 in SEC) won their ninth in a row at home as Kayla Wells added 13 points and Ciera Johnson 12. Gabby Connally had 18 points for Georgia (13-4, 5-4) and That Morrison added 12.
A&M has missed 12 of its first 15 field goals but warmed up to 20 of its last 37 shots (54%), definitely taking the lead early in the third quarter. The 6-foot-2 Jones hit 6 of 10 and played all 40 minutes to win her 12th double-double of the season.
“Playing at the UGA is the home team and I’m definitely playing 10 times stronger against them,” Jones said. “I’m going to try to play my best, either by giving them a bad shooting night or a bad bouncing night – they’re going to do my best every time I get on the court. Each team will do my best, but above all UGA.
The senior, who improved to 4-0 all-time against the Lady Bulldogs, was a big part of a defensive effort that limited Georgia to its smallest points with a stifling effort.
Georgia only scored 19 of 61 field goals (31.1%) and couldn’t mount a charge in the fourth quarter as they missed 11 of 12 shots in a window of 6 minutes and 49 seconds that helped the Aggies stretch their lead to 57-44 lead.
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