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Williams’ Late Free Throws Puts No. 17 Women Past No. 6 Tennessee 79-76 In Overtime

COLLEGE STATION- Danni Williams hit three free throws to take the lead with 7.8 seconds remaining, as No. 17 Texas A&M defeated No. 6 Tennessee 79-76 in overtime, handing the Lady Vols their first loss of the season.

The Aggies (14-4, 3-1 SEC) rallied back from down four with less than two minutes to play in overtime, using a 9-2 run, making all seven of their free throws in that span. The Lady Vols (15-1, 3-1 SEC) closed regulation on a 8-1 run of their own.

Texas A&M picked up its first win over a Top 10 opponent since November 30, 2014, and their first win over a ranked opponent in five tries this season. The Aggies have now defeated Tennessee in each of the last three SEC regular seasons.

Williams and Khaalia Hillsman each scored a game-high 22 points, while Chennedy Carter added 21. Hillsman added a game-high 11 rebounds, as she scored 20+ points for the third consecutive game.

The game featured 17 lead changes and 10 ties.

The Aggies return to action on Sunday, January 14 to host Georgia at 2 p.m. The first 1,000 fans at Reed Arena receive a bobblehead of Aggie great Sydney Colson, who played from 2007-11.

QUICKIE NOTES

Texas A&M
·         This is Texas A&M’s first win against an AP Top 10 team since Nov. 30, 2014
·         The Aggies improve to 14-4 on the season and 3-1 in SEC play. Tennessee suffers its first loss of the season, falling to 15-1 overall and 3-1 in SEC play
·         This is Texas A&M’s first overtime game of the year. The Aggies are 5-2 all-time in SEC overtime games
·         The last time Tennessee and Texas A&M met at Reed Arena, the Aggies won 76-71 in overtime.
·         Texas A&M has now beat Tennessee in their last three regular season meetings
·         Texas A&M is 1-4 against AP Top 25 teams this season, with all five of those games coming against teams ranked 11th or higher.
·         The Aggies are 10-2 at home this season and 64-12 at home since the start of the 2013-14 season
·         Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 345-145 in 15 seasons at Texas A&M and 753-308 in his Hall of Fame career, which is tied for seventh among active coaches and 11th all-time

Chennedy Carter
·         Scored 20+ points for the ninth time this season in 18 games.
·         Scored 10+ points for the 18th straight game. She is the first Texas A&M player to start her career with 18 straight double-digit scoring games.

Khaalia Hillsman
·         Scored 20+ points for the third straight game and the seventh time this year. She has 18 career 20+ point games, which ranks sixth at Texas A&M.
·         Had her second straight double-double, and ranks second on Texas A&M’s career double-double list with 20.
·         Scored in double figures for the 14th time in 18 games this season
·         Had 10+ rebounds for the fifth time this season and the 25th time in her career

Danni Williams
·         Scored 20+ points for the fourth time this season
·         Scored in double figures for the eighth straight game and the 16th time in 18 games this season. She has 47 career 10+ point games

Anriel Howard
·         Had 10+ rebounds for the 13th straight game and the 17th time this season. She has 45 career 10+ rebound games

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Posted by on Jan 11 2018. Filed under Sports.
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