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No. 14 Texas A&M Advances To NCAA Second Round With 84-61 Win Over Wright State

(Source: Mereyan Cage/Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION– No. 14 and fourth-seeded Texas A&M won in the NCAA First Round for the fourth straight season, defeating Wright State 84-61 Friday afternoon at Reed Arena.

Chennedy Carter led Texas A&M (25-7) with 27 points off 8-of-19 shooting from the field and an 8-of-11 mark from the line in her first game back from a fractured finger. Carter has scored 20+ points in each of her last six games and at least 26 points in all four of her career NCAA Tournament games.

Kayla Wells added 17 points, with Ciera Johnson adding 15 and N’dea Jones chipping in 11—all three setting career-highs for an NCAA Tournament game. Shambria Washington had an all-around game, scoring six points with nine rebounds and seven assists.

No. 13-seed Wright State (27-7) was led by Angel Baker with 15 points.

The win was Texas A&M’s largest in an NCAA Tournament game since the 2013 First Round, and ran the Aggies’ all-time record to 13-3 overall and 6-0 at home in NCAA First Round games.

The Aggies raced out to a 31-13 lead after a quarter, and never trailed in the game. The Aggies shot 47.1% from beyond the arc, making a season-high eight 3-pointers in the game.

The Aggies continue to the NCAA Second Round, to face No. 5-seed Marquette Sunday at Reed Arena.

NOTES

Texas A&M
·         Texas A&M advances to the NCAA Second Round for the fourth straight season and the 12th time in the past 13 season
·         The Aggies improve to 25-7 on the season, while Wright State concludes an impressive season at 27-7
·         The Aggies take on No. 5-seed Marquette in the NCAA Second Round Sunday
·         With a 23-point win, posted the program’s largest margin of victory in an NCAA Tournament game since a 71-45 win over Wichita State in the 2013 First Round
·         Made a season-high eight 3-pointers
·         Texas A&M is 13-3 all-time in the NCAA First Round, and 26-14 overall in the NCAA Tournament
·         Texas A&M is 8-2 in NCAA Tournament home games, and 6-0 at home in the First Round
·         The Aggies have won 14 of their last 17 games
·         Texas A&M is 14-3 at home this season, and are 174-7 against unranked opponents at home since Feb. 23, 2005
·         Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 382-158 in 16 seasons in Aggieland. He is 790-321 in his Hall of Fame career, which ranks seventh among active coaches in career wins
·         Blair is 19-2 in NCAA First-Round games, and 38-23 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. Due to byes in the NCAA Tournament prior to 1993, this is his 23rd appearance in the Second Round

Chennedy Carter
·         Scored 20+ points for the sixth straight game that she has played, and the 21st time this season. She extends her school record with her 45th career game of 20+ points
·         Scored 26+ points in all four of her career NCAA Tournament games
·         Extended her Texas A&M record with her 37th consecutive game of scoring at least 10+ points
·         She has scored 10+ points in 62 of her 63 career games. She scored eight in the other game
·         Moved into seventh on Texas A&M’s single-season free throws made list with 138, passing Lisa Langston (1984-85, 132 free throws made)

Kayla Wells
·         Her 17 points are a career-high for an NCAA Tournament game
·         Had her 26th game of 10+ points this season, including all three SEC and NCAA Tournament games
·         Matched her career-high with five 3-pointers

Ciera Johnson
·         Her 15 points are a career-high for an NCAA Tournament game
·         Scored in double figures for the 25th time this season, including all three games of the SEC and NCAA Tournament, and the 27th time in her collegiate career
·         Had her 10th game of 10+ rebounds this season

N’dea Jones
·         Her 11 points are a career-high for an NCAA Tournament game
·         Moves into second on Texas A&M’s single-season rebound list with 364, passing Peggy Pope (1978-79, 360 rebounds)
·         Scored 10+ points for the 10th time this season, including all three SEC and NCAA Tournament games

Shambria Washington
·         Had a career-high nine rebounds

(L-R: N’Dea Jones, Kayla Wells, Chennedy Carter, Gary Blair)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(L-R: Mackenzie Taylor, Emily Vogelpohl, Katrina Merriweather)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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