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No. 10 Aggies Unable to Hold on Against LSU

(Source: Craig Bizacre/Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION – The No. 10 Texas A&M Aggies came up just short in a hard-fought battle against LSU, as they fell 57-54 to the Tigers at Reed Arena Thursday night. Junior forward N’dea Jones led all players with 19 points and 12 rebounds for her fourth straight double-double.

The Aggies got off to a good start, as they used a combined 14 points from Jones and junior guard Chennedy Carter to hold an 18-15 lead after the first quarter. A&M continued rolling in the second quarter, keeping a two-possession lead the entire way. The Aggies never wavered, despite losing Carter as she went down with just over three minutes to play, as they went into the half up 32-27.

A steady push from LSU eventually earned the Tigers the lead in the third quarter, but the Aggies responded with a 7-0 to seemingly take back the momentum. LSU was able to knock down back-to-back buckets to end the quarter, and narrowed A&M’s lead to one going into the final period.

A&M battled in the fourth quarter, holding onto the lead for much of the way. LSU hit a jumper with 2:09 to play to go up 55-54, and never trailed again.

TEAM NOTES

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Junior forward N’dea Jones led the Aggies with 19 points and 12 rebounds for a career-high fourth straight double-double.
  • Junior center Ciera Johnson recorded her second double-double in three games with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
  • The double-double was Johnson’s 17th of her career, giving her sole possession of sixth on A&M’s all-time career list.
  • Junior guard Chennedy Carter notched 12 points to extended her double-figure scoring streak to 55 games. She has scored in double-figures in 80 of her 81 career games.

UP NEXT
The No. 10 Aggies will travel to take on No. 14 Kentucky at Memorial Coliseum on Thursday, January 16th at 5:30 p.m.


Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair
Opening Statement:
“I think the stats basically tell the whole story. For my three perimeter people, from when Chennedy [Carter] went down, they hit one basket apiece. That’s the story of the ballgame. When we shoot 20% in the third quarter and 20% in the fourth quarter, we cannot beat anybody on any night. I said the first team to 60 would probably win the ballgame, because this is a typical LSU-A&M game. It always goes this way, one way or the other. We probably led the game for 38 minutes or something like that. But at the end, you can’t play not to lose. Both teams played extremely hard. LSU stepped up after their loss against Missouri and played like they should have. I give them a lot of credit.”

Junior Center Ciera Johnson
On the team’s mindset after Chennedy Carter’s injury…
“I mean, for a minute there it was like ‘dang she’s not coming back.’ But, we’ve got to finish out the game. We were up the whole time, we have to finish that. Maybe if Chennedy was still in the game, maybe we win it, but it doesn’t matter. Whether she was there or not, we have to finish the game out.”

LSU
Head Coach Nikki Fargas
On how they were able to pull out tonight’s win…
“Well at the end, neither team scored a whole lot of baskets. We knew it was going to be a battle defensively, we typically do battle each other, It’s not a high scoring game. I think we got some stops that we needed. I thought we did some good things to put ourselves in a position to win. We made a couple of baskets that lead to us getting a lead, and we were able to hold on to that lead, we weren’t able to extend it at the free throw line. Our defense did what it needed to do to get the stops that we needed.”

On how they capitalized with Cater out in tonight’s game…
“I think when you play a team like A&M they have different weapons, and you know credit to Coach Blair and his staff they adjusted with the loss of Carter and started pounding the ball inside. That was an area that we were struggling to guard. I think to have Chennedy on the floor, people have to be aware of where she is at all the time and hopefully she will be back in action. A&M is a really good basketball team, they are tough to guard and they are obviously tougher with her in it but they have a lot of weapons still on their team.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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