Connally scores 37, Georgia women top No. 17 Texas A&M
Freshman Gabby Connally returned to her home state and scored 37 points, 15 in overtime, to lead Georgia to a 92-84 overtime upset of No. 17 Texas A&M on Sunday.
Connally, from San Antonio, came in averaging 8.8 points per game with a season-high of 13 but against the Aggies made 10 of 17 shots, including four 3-pointers, plus 13 of 14 free throws. Her 37 points are the most by a Georgia freshman since Tasha Humphrey scored 33 in the 2005. Mackenzie Engram made 6 of 7 from the arc and tied her career high with 23 points while Caliya Robinson added 18 points and a career-high 19 rebounds.
Connally made two free throws to open overtime and the Lady Bulldogs (16-2, 4-1 SEC) held on to their lead. The Aggies were within five with 1:10 left but Connolly made 5 of 6 free throws from there while Texas A&M missed its final five field-goal attempts.
Texas A&M (14-5, 3-2) finished the third quarter with eight straight points to take its first lead at 54-52 and were up five, 68-63, when Georgia went on an 8-0 run with Connally making a deep, straightaway 3-pointer for a 71-68 lead. The teams exchanged free throws before Chennedy Carter banked in a 3-pointer to tie with 14 seconds left. Connally and Robinson missed shots in the final four seconds to send the game into overtime.
Georgia improved to 7-0 on the road, its best start in away games since the 1994-95 Final Four team started with 11 straight road wins. The victory was the first for Georgia in College Station and the first over a ranked team this season after losses to No. 2 Texas and No. 3 Mississippi State.
Carter had 31 points for 386 this season, eclipsing the Aggies' freshman season scoring record. Khaalia Hillsman added 14 points and 10 rebounds, Anriel Howard 14 points and 15 boards and Jasmine Lumpkin 13 points.
· The Aggies fall to 14-5 on the season and 3-2 in SEC play. Georgia is now 16-2 and 4-1 in SEC play
· Texas A&M is 10-3 in Reed Arena this season, and now 154-6 against unranked teams at home since February 2005
· The loss breaks a 15-game winning streak against unranked teams, that dated back to the 2016-17 season
· Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 345-146 in 15 seasons at Texas A&M and 753-309 in his Hall of Fame career, which ranks eighth among active coaches
· Texas A&M is 1-1 in overtime this season and are 7-3 in their last ten overtime games
· The Aggies are 5-3 in overtime SEC games
· This is Texas A&M’s first back-to-back overtime games since Jan. 25-29, 1992, where the Aggies lost at Rice 85-83 and at Houston 79-78
· Broke the Texas A&M freshman season scoring record, and is now up to 406 points on the season. Takia Starks previously held the record with 382 in the 2005-06 season.
· Her 31 points rank third on the Texas A&M single-game freshman scoring list, only behind her own 46 point performance at Southern California and her 36 point performance at South Carolina.
· Had her fourth career 30+ point scoring game
· Scored 20+ points for the third straight game and 10th time in 19 games this season
· Scored in double figures for the 19th straight game, the only Texas A&M player to scored 10+ points in the first 19 games of her career.
· Had her 10th double-double of the season and the 23rd of her career, which extends her own Texas A&M career record
· Passes Cindy Gough (1975-79, 795 rebounds) for fifth on Texas A&M’s career rebound list with 806 in her career
· Had 10+ rebounds for the 14th straight game and 18th time in 19 games this season. She has 46 career 10+ rebound games
· Scored 10+ points for the 11th time this season and 31st time in her career
· Had her sixth double double of the season
· Scored 10+ points for the 15th time this season and 59th time in her career
· Scored 10+ points for the fourth time this season and the 11th time in her A&M career