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Blair Picks Up His 350th Win At A&M, As No. 14 Women Soar, 83-54

COLLEGE STATION- Texas A&M women’s basketball head coach Gary Blair picked up his 350th win at the school as the No. 14 Aggies routed Ole Miss 83-54 at Reed Arena Thursday.

The Aggies (19-6, 8-3 SEC) jumped out to a 21-4 lead after a quarter, and never looked back, leading 48-13 at halftime.

Chennedy Carter led the Aggies with 26 points with seven assists and four steals. Carter notched her eighth 20+ point effort in her last nine games by going 10-of-17 from the field and making three 3-pointers.

Khaalia Hillsman scored 16 points and added seven rebounds, and Danni Williams had 13 points with three 3-pointers. Anriel Howardextended her Texas A&M career record by notching the 25th of her career, scoring 11 points and grabbing 14 boards.

Ole Miss (11-13, 1-10 SEC) was led by Promise Taylor, who had 14 points, 10 blocks and eight rebounds.

Texas A&M returns to action on Sunday, February 11 at LSU, with tip set for 2 p.m. on SEC Network +. The Aggies return home for the BTHO Breast Cancer game on February 15 against Florida, with tip set for 7 p.m.


QUICKIE NOTES
Texas A&M
  • Texas A&M is now 19-6 on the season, and 8-3 in SEC play. Ole Miss falls to 11-13 overall and 1-10 in SEC play.
  • Texas A&M has guaranteed itself at least a single-bye in the upcoming SEC Tournament
  • Texas A&M is 18-1 against unranked teams this season
  • The Aggies are 17-1 when scoring 70+ points
  • Texas A&M is 55-5 when leading after three quarters
  • The Aggies are 67-13 at Reed Arena since the start of the 2013-14 season and 158-6 against unranked teams at home since February 2005
  • Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 350-147 in 15 season at Texas A&M. He is 758-310 in his Hall of Fame career, which ranks eighth among active coaches.

Chennedy Carter

  • Scored 20+ points for the fourth straight game, eighth time in her past nine games, and the 15th time this season
  • She ranks eighth at Texas A&M in career 20+ point games (15)
  • Scored in double figures for the 25th straight game. She is the only Texas A&M player to start her career with 25 straight double figure scoring games

Anriel Howard

  • Had her 12th double double of the season and the 25th of her career, extending her Texas A&M career record
  • Scored 10+ points for the 14th time this season and the 34th time in her career.
  • Had 10+ rebounds for the 21st time this season and the 49th time in her career
  • Passed Michell Tatum’s 1983-84 season (291) rebounds for fifth on Texas A&M’s single-season rebound list. She has 303 rebounds on the year

Khaalia Hillsman

  • Scored in double figures for the 19th time this season and 63rd time in her career

Danni Williams

  • Scored in double figures for the 20th time this season and the 51st time in her career

 


POSTGAME QUOTES

Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair
Opening Statement…
“Great first half. I thought we were really ready to play. We talked about all the things that happen in sports when you know a team is short-handed because they’ve got a player that’s hurt. We made sure that wasn’t going to happen. I was pleased with the first half. We got ten kids with minutes played and there wasn’t a drop off. The drop off started in the second half when we came up and gave them three straight three’s. It took us five minutes before we ran one play correctly in the third quarter. The last three or four minutes that the starters were in there we played okay, but then I think we struggled. We’ve done this before and shot 27 percent in the last quarter, but I’m gonna play my bench when I’m up as much as I am. What we’ve got to do is just do a better job of not turning the ball over and give them opportunities. They’ve earned them during practice.”

On Chennedy Carter‘s performance… 
“We’ll find out (defensively) when we go against the top-tier teams in our league. Can she guard (Raigyne) Moncrief? Can she guard Chloe (Jackson) from LSU? Those are the type of kids that we’ve got to guard, because they’ll kill you with the midrange jumpers. She did a lot of very good things tonight. She’s got a clean sheet. I was pleased with her. She’s taking good percentage shots. That’s four games in a row that she acted like a point guard. What she’s got to do is learn the offense a little bit better on man. We’ve seen so much zone. I ran a couple of plays for her, and she ran the wrong way. She’ll learn. I’m trying to play her at the two some and Danni at the one to try to get different looks in there.”

Texas A&M Freshman Guard Chennedy Carter 
On if teammates wanted this game a little hard than others… 
“Of course I could tell. I mean throughout the whole week we have practiced and game planned and that was never lost in our mind. We knew what we had to do and that we had to come out here and win tonight. It was kind of payback for the game that I wasn’t apart of but from watching film and studying the game I could kind of see what was happening. I just tried to do what I can to what I can to help us on my behalf and make sure it didn’t happen again this year.”

On what worked for her tonight…
“Honestly, I was just executing my offense and getting shots inside the offense. I was kind of flowing into my shots and wasn’t rushing in it tonight. I took what the defense gave me and got my teammates involved. I feel like it was a good night not just for me but all of us.”

On team’s performance…
“I feel like we are playing well. At this point in the season we are all starting to jell together and become one. It is not just any individual player on our team, it is all of us together. We all contribute to the win.”

Ole Miss Head Coach Matt Insell
Opening statement…
“Probably as bad of a first I have ever had a team play in terms of shooting the basketball. It looked like we were a little scared out there and I didn’t really understand that. A&M played really well and continue to play really well as they go through league play. They take care of business and make all the easy plays and do it each and every game. They are a tough team to play against and Gary does a good job with his team.”

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Posted by on Feb 9 2018. Filed under Sports.
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