Connally scores 37, Georgia women top No. 17 Texas A&M (Jan 14, 2018)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) 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 rank third all-time among Georgia freshmen behind Coco Miller (45 in 1997) and Janet Harris (39 in 1982). 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.