Bears fall 82-69 to No. 11 ranked GeorgiaThe Bears, who featured four players in double-digit scoring against No. 11/10 Georgia on Saturday, fell 82-69 in the consolation game of the Surf `n Slam at San Diego State University.
Although Brown held a lead throughout the majority of the first half, the Bears and No. 11/10 Georgia headed into the locker room tied, 40-40.
The Bears, who found themselves down 7-0 after just 1:04 of play, clawed their way back into the game by a three-pointer by senior Lena McAfee (Reston, VA), a jumper by sophomore Catherine Schaper (Houston, TX) and a bank shot by freshman Christina Johnson (Oakland, CA) to put the score at 11-9. Junior Annesley O'Neal (Franklin, GA) tied the game at 11 with a jumper.
Brown took advantage of Georgia's seven fouls with 13:28 remaining in the half, as the Bears went 13-13 from the charity stripe. Schaper went 4-4 from the line as Johnson, freshman Lindsay Walls (Santa Cruz, CA), and senior Ashley King-Bischof (Pleasanton, CA) each went 2-2. The Bears had its biggest lead with 8:03 left in the half, as they went up 28-20. The Bears were shooting 57 percent from the field as Georgia shot 45 percent.
After the half, both teams came out firing, as the lead changed four times in the first ten minutes of the second period. But the Bears fell behind 61-53 with 6:33 remaining in the game. Georgia's Tasha Humphrey converted on 11 second-half points as teammate Cori Chambers pitched in eight to finish off the ears, 82-69.
Sophomore Megan McCahill (Highlands Ranch, CO) tried her best to keep Brown in the game, as she went 4-6 from the three-point line in the second game, ending the game with 12 points.
McAfee ended with a team-high 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds, as King-Bischof ended with 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds. O'Neal finished with 10 points and both Schaper and Johnson eached chipped in with six each
Georgia's Humphrey ended with 27 points and seven rebounds, and Chambers ended with 20 points.
The Bears will travel to Philadelphia to take on the Temple Owls on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.