A&M Wins Again, Defeats K-State 83-60
Junior center Kelsey Bone led all players with 22 points, shooting 11-of-13 from the floor as the Aggies outshot Kansas State 56.5 percent to 44.6 percent. Freshman guard Courtney Walker added 16 points, and senior guard Adrienne Pratcher had a season-high 13 points. Junior post Karla Gilbert also pitched in 13 points, two shy of her season and career highs.
Bone scored easily in the paint, scoring the first six points of the game and A&M's first eight points overall. K-State, meanwhile, got hot from outside as the Wildcats' first 12 points came from beyond the 3-point arc. The long-range shooting helped K-State take its first lead at 16-15 with 12:03 left in the first half. The Wildcats went on to build what would be their largest lead at 18-15 (10:55), but a tip in by Walker with 8:30 on the clock returned the lead to the Aggies for good, 21-20 with 8:30 remaining in the half.
The Aggies built their largest lead of the opening half with time running out as a Tori Scott steal led to a fast-break layup by Walker with 0:04 remaining to give the Aggies a 41-33 advantage heading into the locker room.
A&M shot 56.5 percent in the second half and continued to pull away while holding the Wildcats to a 42.9 shooting percentage in the final 20 minutes. A&M took its largest lead of the game at 81-54 with 2:56 remaining on a jumper by Bone.
Walker, who scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half, led all players with a career-high nine rebounds. She also doubled her career high in assists, tying Pratcher for game-high honors with six, and had a career-high five steals.
Haley Texada led the Wildcats with 19 points, and Brittany Chambers had 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds for Kansas State.
Texas A&M will play the winner between Old Dominion and UNLV Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (CT). Audio of the game can be heard on AggieAthletics.com or KZNE 1150 with Mike Wright and Steve Miller calling the action.
Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair:
"I thought we came out and executed well on the offensive end. It took us a while, all of a sudden we are in the control of the game and then they hit their first three 3's to open the game. That's how they play. They are a 5-11 and under team. They are very good at what they do. They are not going to foul you, so (Kelsey) Bone was able to take advantage early and have 18 points in the first half, and then (Karla) Gilbert in the second half did the same thing. I have the luxury of having three big ones that I can rotate in, but I couldn't have played both big ones against this team, because we couldn't have guarded them.
"(Brittany) Chambers is a great player but she is hurt. She tried to gut it out, and that is going to be tough because they probably have to play Notre Dame next. (Haley) Texada, that is the best I've ever seen her play for K-State. I'm happy for that kid. Sometimes you pull for those Texas kids, because you can't sign them all. I give her credit; she beat us off the dribble.
"Courtney Walker played exceptional. She gave Chambers all she wanted and we were able to rotate Tori Scott. The key to the ball game: Adrienne Pratcher ran my offense pretty well and we dissected whatever they were going to do. And my post players for the most part, besides the turnovers by Bone early, played very well.
"We are going to take it. K-State has always given me fits. I've probably lost more to that team than any other team in the Big 12 except for Baylor, because they are so well coached, they are so well prepared, but they are a little short at the post position right now, and that is going to hurt them when they start playing people our size. Other than that, if they can shoot the ball as well as they did today, then they'll be in a lot of games."
TEAM RECORDS & SERIES NOTES
● Texas A&M wins its seventh consecutive game to improve to 7-3.
● After winning its first seven games of the season, Kansas State suffers its second consecutive loss to fall to 7-2.
● K-State leads the series 13-9. A&M has won the last two meetings.
● A&M shot a season-high 56.5 percent (35-of-62) from the floor and held the Wildcats to a 44.6 shooting percentage.
● The Aggies' 35 field goals made is a season high.
● A&M out-rebounded K-State, 38-25.
● A&M has won each of its last seven contests by at least 18 points and by a combined average of 24.7 points per game
● The Aggies' largest lead was 27 (81-54) with 2:56 remaining in the second half following a layup by Kelsey Bone.
● A&M forced K-State into 22 turnovers, and the Aggies, who committed 16 turnovers, held a 28-11 lead in points off turnovers.
● A&M led in rebounds, 38-25, and outscored the Wildcats, 19-4, in second-chance points.
● A&M scored 18 points on fast breaks.
● Thirteen of 14 players saw action for the Aggies.
● Junior center Kelsey Bone finished with 22 points, including 16 points in the first half. It is the second time this season she has scored 20 or more points
● Senior guard Adrienne Pratcher had season-highs with 13 points and six field goals made. She tied her season high with six assists.
●Freshman guard Courtney Walker had a career-high and game-high nine rebounds. She doubled her career high in assists with six, tying Pratcher for game-high honors, and she also had a career-high and game-high five steals.
● Junior center Karla Gilbert hit her first seven free throws of the game and finished 7-of-8 from the charity stripe.
● Sophomore guard Tori Scott tied her season and career high with five rebounds.
● Freshman guard Peyton Little had a career-high three rebounds. She tied her career highs with two assists and 22 minutes of action.
● Freshman guard Jordan Jones tied her career high with four steals.
FIRST HALF NOTES
● Texas A&M led 41-33 after 20 minutes of play.
● A Tori Scott steal led to a fast-break layup by Courtney Walker with 0:04 remaining to give the Aggies their largest lead as they closed out the half.
● Center Kelsey Bones' 16 points in the half helped give A&M a 34-16 advantage in points in the paint.
● A&M shot 54.5 percent in the half. Kansas State shot 46.4 percent.
● K-State's first four baskets were 3-pointers. The Wildcats finished with five 3-pointers in the half.
SECOND HALF NOTES
● Texas A&M outscored Kansas State 42-27 during the second half.
● A&M shot 58.6 percent from the floor in the second half, connecting on 17 of 29 attempts.
● After making five 3-pointers in nine attempts in the first half, K-State was 0-of-8 in the second half.
● The Aggies continue play at the 3-day World Vision Classic and will play the winner between Old Dominion and UNLV tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. (CT)
● Kansas State will play the winner between No. 5 Notre Dame and host UNLV at 5 p.m.