Top 25 Men’s and Woman’s College BasketballSports Friday, February 22nd, 2013
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 6) Duke 88 Virginia Tech 56
Final California 48 (23) Oregon 46
TOP-25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL<
Final ( 8) Maryland 86 Boston College 61
Final (10) Texas A&M 82 Mississippi 53
Final (11) Tennessee 83 Auburn 61
Final (13) Georgia 66 Arkansas 34
Final (14) Dayton 67 St. Bonaventure 63
Final (24) Nebraska 57 Michigan 39
COLLEGE STATION-Texas A&M got back on the winning track with an impressive 82-53 win over the Ole Miss Rebels at Reed Arena in front 5,804 fans on Thursday night.
Junior Kelsey Bone‘s career night on the boards highlighted the A&M win, Bone collected a career high 17 rebounds to go along with her 24 points, her 13th double-double on the season. Bone’s 17 rebounds ties for the most in an SEC game this season. The last time an A&M player had 17 or more rebounds was Yolanda Brown against SMU on Feb. 24, 1993 with 18 boards.
“Bone didn’t have a lot of size against her tonight, but she was really going to the boards hard particularly in the second half and getting some easy looks,” Head Coach Gary Blair said after the game. “Being strong enough to just take the ball away from them a couple of times got her some easy baskets.”
The A&M (21-6, 11-2 SEC) win over Ole Miss (9-17, 2-11) moves them into a tie for second place in the SEC standings, with the idle Kentucky Wildcats (23-3, 11-2).
The maroon and white opened the game scoring 12 of the first 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting with four assists, before the first media timeout. A&M’s defense forced four early turnovers by the Rebels leading to four points for the Aggies. Bone scored six of A&M’s points before the first media timeout.
Freshman Courtney Walker and Bone had a connection early in the game with Walker assisting on the each of Bone’s first four field goals. The team play was contagious with the Aggies assisting on 13 of their 19 field goals in the first half.
“You look at Walker in the ball game and say that we really didn’t notice her,” Blair added after the game. “But eight points, five assists, no turnovers, and four out of nine shooting thats not a bad night at all.”
Following the first media timeout, the Aggies used a 17-5 run over 5:20 to put some distance between the two teams. Seven Aggies registered scored in the run that helped the Aggies build an 18 point lead.
The Aggies went into the break leading 40-28 behind 22-for-42 shooting from the field. The Aggie defense was stifling at times forcing 12 Rebel turnovers leading to 12 Aggie points.
After the break, the Rebels outscored the Aggies 8-3 during a two minute stretch, but the home team responded with 14-2 run over five minutes of action to take a then game-high 22 point lead.
Late in the second half the Aggies used a 18-7 run to take a game-high 33 point lead before the Rebels scored the final four points of the game to finish the scoring at 82-53 in the maroon and white’s favor.
On the night the Aggies dominated the paint with a 50-28 points in the paint advantage over the shorter Ole Miss squad and out-rebounding the Rebels by 12 on the night. The Aggies scored their fifth most points in a game this season off a season-high 37 made field goals, assisting on 22 of them.
Joining Bone in double figures was senior Adrienne Pratcher with 13 points along with a career high six rebounds. Freshman Courtney Williams scored 11 and senior Kristi Bellock finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
Junior Kristen Grant played a season high nine minutes, setting a career high with four assists and tying her career high with four rebounds.
Ole Miss was paced by Valencia McFarland’s 11 points and four assists. McFarland was the only Rebel in double figure scoring.
The Aggies will take to the road for the next two contests; beginning at Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon, televised on ESPN2 at 4:00 pm. Then A&M will travel once again to the state of Tennessee for a match-up with the Lady Vols next Thursday on CSS at 6:00 p.m.
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