Texas A&M to face Nebraska in Second Round
Aggie Women’s Basketball Game #35
NCAA Second Round
Texas A&M (25-9; 11-5 SEC) vs. Nebraska (24-8, 12-4 Big 10)
March 25, 2013 · 8:30 p.m. (CT)
Reed Arena (12,989)
College Station, Texas
TV: ESPN2, Regional. Espn3.com or WatchESPN mobile app
Carter Blackburn, Play-by-Play
Maria Taylor, Commentary
RADIO: Texas A&M Radio Network
Mike Wright, Play-by-Play
David Campbell, Commentary
Local: WTAW-AM 1620 (College Station/Bryan)
LIVE AUDIO/STATS: AggieAthletics.com
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M (25-9) advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight season, the Aggies will face former conference mate Nebraska (24-8) at Reed Arena. Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. (CT) and the game will be televised regionally by ESPN2.
Fans can also listen locally on WTAW 1620 AM and worldwide on aggieathletics.com and radio aggieland app. A&M is hosting first- and second-round action at Reed Arena for the second consecutive year. The first two rounds at Reed Arena will be March 23 and 25.
The Aggies and Huskers will meet for the 24th time on Monday. The Huskers lead the all-time series 14-9, but A&M has won six of the last eight match-ups. The two teams last met March 5, 2011 in Nebraska’s final season in the Big 12 Conference. The Aggies shot 44.8% from the floor and forced 18 Husker turnovers en route to a 84-49 win at Reed Arena. Current Husker Lindsey Moore recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists in the game, Jordan Hooper lead Nebraska with 16 points. The maroon and white were led by Danielle Adams with 23 points, Sydney Carter and Adaora Elonu each scored 14 points off the bench. Sydney Colson facilitated much of the offense tallying 15 assists on the night.
Texas A&M shook off a sluggish start against Wichita State Saturday afternoon with strong play from senior Kristi Bellock and freshman Courtney Williams. Bellock lead the game in scoring with 18 points, Williams added 11 to help secure the A&M victory. Junior All-American candidate Kelsey Bone was plagued with foul trouble for much of the game, but was able to score 10 points in the second half to put the Lady Shockers away. Senior Adrienne Pratcher added six points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead the game in rebounds and assists.
The Aggies enter the game with a four game winning streak, all at the SEC Tournament and all against Top-15 teams. The Huskers enter the game having won 12 of their last 14 games.
Senior Adrienne Pratcher took over the national lead in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.8 following conference tournament play. The Aggies have consistently ranked in the top-10 in field goal percentage and head in to the tournament at 7th shooting 45.7%, due in large part to junior Kelsey Bone ranking 6th nationally at 56.5%. The maroon and white also rank in the top-10 in assists per game with 17.1.
Bone is having a magical year scoring and rebounding the basketball, with 569 points thus far this season she has accumulated the 5th most points in a single season by an Aggie. Additionally she has grabbed 321 rebounds, third most in a single season. She is one of three players to rank in the top-5 in each category in program history, Danielle Adams in 2011 at most points (847) and second in rebounds (324) along with Peggy Pope in 1979 with fourth most points (578) and most rebounds (360).
The winner of Monday’s game will advance to Norfolk Virginia for the Sweet 16, the first game is set to take place March 31 at either 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 with Carter Blackburn on play-by-play and Maria Taylor providing commentary. The game will broadcast regionally with fans in Texas and Nebraska able to watch the game un-interrupted, others might be directed to regional games in their area. The games will be carried online at espn3.com and on the WatchESPN mobile app.