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No. 22 Women Fall in Final Seconds at No. 4 South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C.- A’ja Wilson hit the game-winning shot with 1.1 to play, as No. 22 Texas A&M fell 61-59 to No. 4 South Carolina in a women’s basketball game on Sunday at Colonial Life Arena.

Chennedy Carter led the Aggies (11-4, 0-1 SEC) with 36 points, the fourth-most in Texas A&M history. It was Carters’ third 30+ point, all of which have come in true road games. She now has the three highest scoring totals for a freshman in Texas A&M history, led by her 46 point effort at Southern California on Dec. 15.

The Aggies led by as many as 11 in the second half, but South Carolina (12-1, 1-0 SEC) came back to take a six-point lead. The Aggies went ahead 59-57 with 1:02 to play off of a Danni Williams jumper. Wilson answered for South Carolina with 44 seconds left, but turnovers on the next two possessions by Texas A&M set up the game-winner for Wilson, the Most Outstanding Player of the 2017 Women’s Final Four.

Williams added 12 points for the Aggies, while Anriel Howardled the team with 16 rebounds.

The Aggies return home on Thursday, January 4 to host Kentucky at 6 p.m. on SEC Network.

Texas A&M

  • The Aggies fall to 11-4 on the season and 0-1 in SEC play. The Gamecocks are now 12-1 on the season and 1-0 in SEC play
  • Texas A&M is now 5-1 in SEC openers
  • Texas A&M is 0-4 against teams in the AP Top 25 this season
  • Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 342-145 in 15 seasons at Texas A&M and 750-308 in his Hall of Fame career. He ranks seventh among active coaches and 11th all-time in career wins.
  • Six of the eight games in the series, which started in 2013, have been decided by nine-or-fewer points

Chennedy Carter

  • Is the fifth Texas A&M player to have three 30+ point games in her career, joining Danielle Adams (8, 2009-11), Jaynetta Saunders (1999-01, 7), Lisa Langston (1982-86, 4) and Lisa Branch (1992-96, 3)
  • Averaging 37.3 points in true road games
  • This is the second-most points scored by a Texas A&M freshman in a single-game, trailing only her own 46-point effort at Southern California (Dec. 15)
  • Scored 30+ points for the third time in her career, which have come in all three of her true road games
  • Scored 20+ points for the second straight game and the seventh time in her 15-game career
  • Scored in double figures for the 15th straight game. She is the first Texas A&M freshman to score 10+ points in each of her first 15 games.
  • Her 37 Field Goal Attempts were the most for a Division I player this season.

Danni Williams

  • Scored 10+ points for the 13th time this season and the 44th time in her career

Anriel Howard

  • Had 10+ rebounds for the 10th straight game and 14th time this season
  • Has had at least nine rebounds every game this season

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Posted by on Dec 31 2017. Filed under Sports.
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