ATHENS, Ga. – For the third consecutive game, junior guard Deja Winters led the team with 17 points, but the Aggies loss to Southeastern Conference (SEC) school Georgia 72-54 at Stegeman Coliseum Wednesday night.
“We played in spurts,” head coach Tarrell Robinson said. “It was a group effort defensively. We felt like we can play with Georgia. We felt we had enough personnel-wise to make the game more competitive than it was. We’ve got to continue to get better. I’m challenging the team, especially the seniors, to take it up a notch with our intensity in practice. We keep getting off to bad starts.”
Winters also added three rebounds and five assists on 7-for-15 shooting. Senior forward Le’on Hill added eight points and a team-high six rebounds.
“Le’on does it all,” Robinson said. “She’s our utility person. She leads us defensively in terms of our pressure and her being able to defend multiple positions.”
Senior guard Cinia McCray added seven points, two steals and two rebounds off the bench, while senior center Alexus Lessears added six points and five rebounds.
Georgia (2-0) took an early 18-4 lead in the first quarter before the Aggies rallied to cut the Bulldogs lead to 22-12 in the first. The Bulldogs increased their lead to 33-16 with 6:14 remaining in the first half, but the Aggies fought back again to get to within 11 at 37-26 with 23 seconds remaining in the first half.
A layup at the buzzer gave Georgia a 39-26 halftime lead.
N.C. A&T (1-2) scored the first four points of the third quarter to cut the lead to nine points, 39-30 to force a Bulldogs timeout. After the timeout, the Bulldogs scored the next four points to increase the lead to 13 points with 6:37 remaining in the third.
The Aggies responded by going on an 8-2 run to cut the Bulldogs lead to 45-38 with 2:41 remaining in the quarter as Lessears scored four points during the spurt. Georgia got the lead back to double figures at 55-44 to end the third quarter.
Georgia began the final quarter on an 11-2 run to take a 64-46 lead. The Aggies were not able to get any closer than 14 the rest of the way.
The Aggies return home to host East Tennessee State 5:30 p.m., Monday at Corbett Sports Center.