BATON ROUGE, La.–No. 15 Texas A&M saw its four-game win streak snapped with a tough 59-58 loss to LSU Sunday afternoon inside the Maravich Assembly Center.
Aaliyah Wilson led the way for the Aggies, scoring a season-high 16 points and adding 7 rebounds, 2 steals and a block. Kayla Wells also scored 16 while N’dea Jones added 12 points and 12 rebounds, extending her double-double streak to 10 games.
Trailing by two with 17 seconds to go, Jones swatted a Khayla Pointer shot and leapt out of bounds to save the ball, getting it to Ciera Johnson and setting the Aggies up for the potential game-tying or game-winning possession. A&M, however, could not convert a layup with 6 seconds to go and LSU held on to the win with a pair of late free throws.
After the Aggies controlled the game early on, LSU used a 9-1 run late in the first quarter to pull ahead and hold a two-possession lead through the end of the quarter. Production slowed for both teams in the second quarter.
A&M stole back the momentum in the third quarter, outscoring LSU 24-16 to regain the lead. The Aggies used a 13-2 run late and a huge, mid-court buzzer beater by junior guard Aaliyah Wilson to go up 43-42 with 10 minutes to play.
With LSU back on top in the fourth quarter, Wilson drove the lane and snapped a 6-0 run by the Tigers with just over two minutes to play. She came up big again with 45 seconds on the clock when she converted a three-point play to make it a two-point game, 57-55.
- Despite not having the rebounding advantage in the game, A&M outscored the Tigers 34-28 in the paint.
- The Aggies tallied 10 steals in the game, reaching double figures in the category for the fourth time this season.
- Texas A&M used a starting lineup of Aaliyah Wilson, Shambria Washington, Kayla Wells, N’dea Jones and Ciera Johnson for the sixth time this season.
- Junior guard Aaliyah Wilson scored a season-high 16 points in the game, reaching double digits in the category for the fourth time this season.
- Junior guard Kayla Wells made it six straight games scoring in double figures as she helped lead the way with 16 points.
- Junior forward N’dea Jones remains as the only player in the SEC to record a double-double in every conference game after a 12-point, 12-rebound performance against the Tigers.
Texas A&M will return to action on Sunday, Feb. 9, remaining on the road to take on nationally-ranked Mississippi State at 12 p.m.
Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics