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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – No. 9 Texas A&M (25-10) fell in the second round of the NCAA tournament to Nebraska (25-8) 74-63 in front of 5,886 fans.

74 - 63
Reed Arena • College Station
Norfolk Region • Second Round
Attendance: 5,886
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Nebraska   (25-8) 43 31 74
Texas A&M   (25-10) 32 31 63
 Stats at a Glance
NU A&M
FG Percentage 45.6 45.9
3-Pt FG Percentage 42.1 42.9
FT Percentage 93.3 50.0
Rebounds 39 27
Turnovers 13 14
Points in the Paint 26 30
Points off Turnovers 12 13
Second Chance Points 14 8
Fast Break Points 9 12
Bench Points 8 12
NU Leaders A&M
Hooper, 21 Pts Pratcher, 17
Sample, 11 Reb Bellock, 8
Moore, 10 Ast Pratcher, 3
Hooper, 3 Stl Jones, 2
four with 1 Blk Bone, 3

A&M was led by senior Adrienne Pratcher’s 17 points, junior Kelsey Bone added 13, freshman Jordan Jones chipped in 12 off the bench and freshman Courtney Williams had 11 to round out the double-digit scorers for the Aggies.

The Aggies fell to 5-3 all-time in the NCAA second round and 18-9 all-time in the NCAA tournament. Nebraska moves on to face the winner of Duke and Oklahoma State game that takes place tomorrow.

The game started fast and furious with A&M jumping to an early six point lead through the first media timeout, but the Huskers responded by scoring 10 of the next 16 points to knot the game up at 16 with just over 11 minutes to play.

Nebraska used a 12-0 run over 3:42 of game play to take a 25-16 advantage, the Huskers kept A&M off the score sheet for over four minutes.

The Aggies fought to get back into the game cutting the Husker lead to just 32-30, behind seven points from Adrienne Pratcher in just over three minutes.

Nebraska responded with an 11-2 run to end the half and take an 11 point lead into the locker room. The Huskers shot 18-for-36 over the first 20 minutes compared to 14-for-30 for the Aggies. Nebraska was a perfect 2-for-2 from the free-throw line while the Aggies did not get to the line before the break.

The Aggies responded several times in the second half cutting the lead to as little as two points, but were not able to get over the hump.

Jones’ defensive pressure and three three-pointer, one the old-fashioned way, ignited the A&M team and fan base one final time on the night pulling the Aggies within single digits.

The 2013 class ended their career with the third most wins by any class, trailing only 2011 with 115 and 2012 with 110 victories.

A&M was outrebounded in the game by 12 including 11 offensive rebounds by the Huskers leading to 14 Nebraska second chance points.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post-Game Notes

2013 NCAAÒ DIVISION I WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Second Round · Nebraska 74, Texas A&M 63

Reed Arena · College Station, Texas

Monday, March 25, 2013

POSTGAME NOTES

 

Team Record & Series Notes:

With the victory, Nebraska improved to 25-8 and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second time in school history (2010) where it will face either No. 2 seed Duke or No. 7 seed Oklahoma State … The Huskers are now 7-10 all-time in 11 NCAA Tournament appearances.

The loss snapped Texas A&M’s four-game winning streak and ended its season with a 25-10 overall record … The Aggies are 18-9 all-time in postseason play

Nebraska now holds a 15-9 advantage in the all-time series between the former Big 12 Conference rivals.

 

Nebraska Team Notes:

The Huskers went on a 12-0 run after the 12 minute media timeout in the first half to force a Texas A&M timeout.

Forced seven Texas A&M turnovers while committing just two in the first half to create a 7-0 points-off-turnovers differential in favor of Nebraska.

Ended the first half on an 11-2 run including a buzzer-beating 2-point shot as time expired.

Scored at least 40 first-half points for the eighth time this season.

Enjoyed a 39-27 advantage on rebounds.

Shot over 90% from the charity stripe (14-of-15) for the second time this year (minimum 15 attempts).

Collected 18 assists on 26 made field goals.

 

Nebraska Individual Notes:

Featured a balanced scoring attack with three players netting over 10 points (Moore 20, Hooper 21 and Sample 10).

Junior forward Jordan Hooper tallied a team/game-high 21 points … Marked the 12th time this season the Alliance, Neb., native has surpassed the 20-point plateau … She also pulled down eight rebounds.

Lindsey Moore distributed a game and season-high 10 assists marking the 13th time this season she has collected seven or more assists in a game … Also the second time this season the Covington, Wash., native scored at least 15 points and collected at least five rebounds and five assists … Recorded her first double-double of the season (20 points, 10 assists).

Hailie Sample recorded her first double-double of the season (10 points, 11 rebounds).

Head coach Connie Yori, who has led the Huskers to the NCAA Tournament three of the last four seasons, is now 6-6 in NCAA Tournament play (5-4 at Nebraska).

 

Texas A&M Team Notes:

The 43 points yielded by A&M in the first half was the second most they has allowed during an opening half this season, trailing only a 44-point period by Notre Dame on Dec. 21.

The Aggies attempted a final comeback with an 11-2 run to cut the Husker lead to just seven at 66-59 with 2:01 to play.

A&M saw season lows in both free throws made (1) and free throws attempted (2) … Nebraska, conversely, made 14-of-15 attempts from the line.

 

Texas A&M Individual Notes:

The Aggies featured four players in double-digit scoring – Adrienne Pratcher (17), Kelsey Bone (13), Jordan Jones (12) and Courtney Williams (11).

Pratcher led A&M with 17 points, her third highest scoring total of the season … She also dished out three assists to finish her A&M career with 326, the ninth most in program history.

Bone scored 11 points, leaving her just 1 away from 1,000 during her two-year Texas A&M career (999 career points at A&M).

 

Post-Game Quotes

 

2013 NCAADivision I women’s basketball championship

Second Round · Nebraska 74, Texas A&M 63

Reed Arena · College Station, Texas

Monday, March 25, 2013

 

POSTGAME QUOTES – TEXAS A&M

 

Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair

 

Opening Statement:

“First I would like to thank the crowd and the administration here for hosting this for two years in a row. I think you can see that we are more than just a football town; we are a basketball town. I’m proud of my administration. I’m sorry we were a little short tonight on how we played the game. I know we can do better, but I’m not sure Nebraska can play any better than they did. They were magnificent. When you look at the stats, they shot 45 percent, 8-out-of-19 from the three, 14-out-of-15 from the line and out rebounded us by 12. They really only had about four turnovers until the very end. It’s hard to beat a team that was playing that well. Our crowd kept trying to get us back in it. Sometimes we would make the steal after a turnover and we have to be able to make almost every shot to stay in the game. A couple of times we were shooting the ball. and we should have waited for our bigs to get down there. I’m proud of my seniors for what they left on the court. I think you saw two of the better point guards in the country in (Adrienne) Pratcher and (Lindsey) Moore, and I think you saw our next point guard in Jordan Jones and what she is going to mean to this team. Nebraska played awfully well. They executed their inside defense. We only had two free throws for the whole ball game. A lot of that was our passing. A lot of that was their good defense.”

 

On Lindsey Moore:

“We couldn’t press her. On every inbound play within about seven or six seconds to go, the ball was in her hands. We were not supposed to come off and help, because she was going to dump it and our post players kept coming off to help. She has a great way of turning her shoulder to get you in a side-by-side situation. Make her have to score the spectacular instead of making her make the dump pass, and we continued to still come off no matter who we put in. A couple of them she threw away even though they had someone wide open. Moore is the whole key to the team. Their whole coaching staff had a plan for the game. It was a shame that we couldn’t get the ball inside more than we did, but at the same time we shot 45 percent and shot two free throws, we got out rebounded, we got out-hustled, and they had a better game plan than what I presented to my team. We are going to take it; we are going to learn from it. This team has come an awfully long way. I wish we could play again tomorrow. We are going to lick our wounds, and let our kids be students for a while before we address what we need to do.  I don’t need any more Kelsey Bone questions. Let’s let the game be the story, particularly Nebraska.”

 

On shooting early:

“There were opportunities [to work the ball into Kelsey]. We have freshmen wings, and sometimes they are very good and sometimes they are not. Even if we make a shot, we have got to make the defense work. You have to see if there can be a foul called every now and then. Both of our post players, Bone and Gilbert, have got to learn to go to the offensive boards; we missed a few shots.  Bellock was also out there. She had eight rebounds but she probably could have had 12 or 13. We just didn’t play well and a lot of it was there defense and my inability to coordinate my offense, because it sure didn’t look like much.”

 

On Lindsey Moore and Sampler:

“A couple of times I think she got it and Pratcher was down there trying to guard her. We had match-up problems the whole way. (Jordan) Hooper was trying to be guarded by (Kristi) Bellock, and that didn’t work too well. We have got to switch on all the high ball screens. When you have a point guard that controls the game and goes deep into the shot clock; we were shooting early in the shot clock and they were shooting way into it and they were making good decisions. They got some key offensive boards in the first half, and we were standing and watching. They were a little quicker on the ball. They wanted it just a little bit more than we did tonight.”

 

On effort:

“Bellock didn’t have her feet in, they were trying to deny the ball back to her, then when she finally got it she forced a couple. What we were trying to do was get her open at the mid post. They did a great job. Every time we think someone is going to play us zone they play us man. I thought Wichita State was going to play us man and they played us zone. But we were ready we had the right plays. We had the perfect play, called flag, but it was a wide-open missed layup. We weren’t short on that one we aimed it. Sometimes the worst thing you can do is be wide open. Look at Jordan Jones shooting those threes. I don’t think she has made three in a row in practice this year. That’s how good that kid is going to be for us. It’s Nebraska, that’s what the whole thing needs to be written on. We just got our butt kicked. If you beat that team 84-39 two years ago, Moore had 13-10 and Hooper had 16. That’s 29 points out of 39 and we shut down the rest of them. Tonight we didn’t shut down the rest of them and Hooper and Moore played even better. We are very young sometimes at making the right decisions and that hurt us sometimes on offense and it hurt us sometimes on defense. That’s how you end up shooting as well as they did they make some plays and they had some great looks.”

 

On Nebraska responding to every run:

“Particularly on the first half when we would make a run and get back, all of a sudden the kid hit a high post shot. The three right before half we had two more fouls to give. We didn’t even know how to foul in that situation because we said foul on the floor. The kid steps up and make a bit shot.  That was a huge momentum play. We work on situations every day and sometimes it goes in one ear and out the other. We just have to have a little bit better basketball IQ, and that’s coaching, that’s teaching.  I wish Nebraska well as they go to Norfolk. This was a very well-run tournament, and our crowd was very good.  I wish we could have pulled it out but we didn’t. Same time next year, same place and we will be good again.”

 

 

 

Kelsey Bone, Junior Center

 

On how it was tough for her to get touches:

“They did something a little different. When I got the ball, they turned their backs and full-fronted me. It was a different look, something that we just hadn’t seen up until this point. It was a good strategy on their part to implement change and never do the same thing twice, never do what another team has done in order to keep us on our toes. We made good reads and hit some big shots, but at the end of the day it wasn’t enough.”

 

On Nebraska’s offense:

“Every time we made a big shot and got the crowd into it, they hit a big shot. That’s what they’re supposed to do. They’re an experienced team. They made the shots and the stops that they needed to make. Every time we made a run, they did what they needed to do to put an end to it.”

 

On Jordan Hooper:

“We knew that it was going to be a difficult matchup. She’s a great player. She’s able to score inside and make the three which is a different look than we’re used to guarding. She came in and played her game. I think it might have even affected Kristi (Bellock) a little bit offensively, because she had to exert so much energy on defense to contain her. She knocked down the shots that she needed to make.”

 

On team emotions before and during the game:

“We came out feeling loose, and I think we started the game off very well. They just got hot. Every time we got a run they were able to stop it with a big shot. Coming into today we didn’t feel any added pressure and we stuck to the game plan early. It just got away from us.”

 

On her plans for her future in basketball:

“I’m going to sit down with Coach Blair and my family sometime this week. This isn’t going to be a decision that I rush. I think a decision will be announced sometime next week.”

 

 

Adrienne Pratcher, Senior Guard

 

On Lindsey Moore:

“She did a great job controlling her team and running her offense. She was able to make shots, get her teammates involved and find the open players. I think overall she’s a great point guard, and she was able to execute very well tonight.”

 

On the team’s season:

“We didn’t start off the season on a good note as we went 0-3 to top-10 teams. It motivated us. We got on a roll after that, and we continued our roll into the SEC. We got better as a team and found our chemistry, which we proved in the SEC tournament. We know everything comes down to the postseason, and it proves how far you’ve come as a team. We played hard, but not hard enough.”

 

Jordan Jones, Freshman Guard

 

On her late-game surge:

“Throughout the season the team has relied on me for my defense and to be a spark player, not necessarily my offense. I just didn’t want to lose. Coming into the game Coach (Blair) said we owed our seniors a win tonight because we lost at home to LSU on senior night, so I just tried to step up and play for our seniors.”

 

 

 

2013 NCAADivision I women’s basketball championship

Second Round · Nebraska 74 vs. Texas A&M 63

Reed Arena · College Station, Texas

Monday, March 25

 

LOCKER ROOM QUOTES – TEXAS A&M

 

 

Kristi Bellock, Senior, Forward

 

On the A&M freshmen:

“The six freshmen are amazing. I can’t wait to see how they’re going to grow up here, playing at Texas A&M. I’m excited to see how much they improve each year because J.J. [Jordan Jones], [Courtney] Walker, [Courtney] Williams, they’re amazing. They gave us a spark today.”

 

On her career at A&M:

“It’s been truly an honor and I thank Coach Blair for giving me an opportunity to play here. I’m just excited for this program. The direction this team is going is going to be amazing. I’m going to miss it. I just wanted to win, but we didn’t.”

 

 

Karla Gilbert, Junior, Center

 

On how A&M played:

“Basically, we just didn’t make good decisions. Everything that we wanted to go well did not go well. We tried. We had a lot of effort in it, but obviously we fell short.”

 

On the Aggie freshman effort:

“Jordan [Jones] especially was the one who came off the bench and brought back hope to put us back in it. For the last few minutes there we had it. The freshmen had a great amount of effort and they overall played really well. The fact that everybody pretty much knows the game and has been playing for a while, and that everybody can be accountable despite what year they are is important.”

 

 

 

2013 NCAADivision I women’s basketball championship

Second Round · Nebraska 74, Texas A&M 63

Reed Arena · College Station, Texas

Monday, March 25, 2013

 

POSTGAME QUOTES – NEBRASKA

 

 

Nebraska Head Coach Connie Yori

 

Opening Statement:

“I thought we played with good poise. We had a stretch where they turned it up and yet we handled it. We got a good enough lead that we handled the pressure. We’ve got a really good point guard and she controlled the gate. We’ve seen it time and time again. Lindsey [Moore] is highly underrated. I wouldn’t trade her for anybody. She can make plays. You can put the ball in her hands, and she can make huge plays. They cut it to seven and she found Hailie [Sample]. One of those passes was unbelievable. I couldn’t believe that she could even find her. Overall, I thought defensively we did a good job on Kelsey Bone. Our game plan was to front her and to help as much as we could. We gave up some perimeter shots. You have to give something up when you are playing a team that has an inside presence like she has. Jordan [Hooper] primarily guarded her, but whoever was on her did a good job of getting around. They weren’t able to get her the ball much. Finally, our rebounding was important. If you look at the stats, every statistical category was even except for rebounds and free throws. We got to the line. Some of that was late. We are not a team that fouls very much. It is interesting that our opponents only took three free throws in these two tournament games, and that’s because we are not a team that fouls that much. We’ve been playing a lot of position defense. Our kids are smart that way. We had to do a lot of things right but if you look at the statistics, rebounds and free throws are where we won the game.”

 

On limiting Kelsey Bone:

“We front-face our opponent and we are one of the few teams in the country that I have seen that does that. We are very slight of build in the post, so we went to that two years ago. It has been really effective for us. Most people put their rear ends on a player in front. We face the opponent in a front. It’s something that people don’t see all of the time. If you don’t have a lot of preparation time for it, I think that can be a struggle. We also did a really good job with their outside defense. That’s the reason why they had perimeter shots.”

 

On Lindsey Moore and Jordan Hooper:

“Both of them are great leaders by example. They work really hard. They are two of our hardest workers. They are consistent. They do the right things on and off the court. They are great representatives for our program. They are roommates and they are really good friends. I know that Jordan doesn’t want our season to end, because she won’t get to play with Lindsey again. Lindsey can say the same thing. She has the chance to play beyond the college level but she doesn’t get an opportunity to play in our program again. All of our kids really enjoy playing with Lindsey. Anybody who gets people the ball like she does, you want to play with a kid like that. I think both of them have a great respect by all of their teammates because of how hard they work.”

 

On being the underdog:

“I think coming in here and playing on their home court gives them a great advantage. Somebody said yesterday that we have been a great road team. We could gain some confidence from that. We are the best road team in the Big Ten. We were 7-1 on the road in the Big Ten this year. We had a good win at South Florida who is now playing California. Since Christmastime, we have been really good on the road so there was some confidence that we had coming in here. We’ve played in big arenas and we’ve played against big crowds. I didn’t think our players would lose their composure. We are used to playing in front of a lot of people. At the same time, we are a six seed and they are a three seed. It is an upset.”

 

On Lindsey Moore:

“I thought they picked up their pressure as the game got going. It’s rare that Lindsey will turn the ball over at half-court like she did. That was a rarity. Lindsey finds creases. She finds the gap and she is quicker than you think she is. She can play north and south. She can get by people. We practice against scout men in practice on a daily basis and there are not many guys who can guard her. She’s quicker than you think. They helped it up a few times and she just laid it off to Hailie those last two baskets and those are big plays. She’s tough to guard. She is a really good one-on-one player and if you are a good one-on-one player and you have the skills like she does, you are set up for success.”

 

On Hailie Sample:

“Hailie was huge. There was the offensive rebound basket that she got and we ended up running some more offense. She’s the one who got the basket. I thought that was a really big play. She had five offensive rebounds. Teams don’t always guard her. If she can get to the rim, either Lindsey is going to find her or she’s going to have a chance to get an offensive rebound. She’s the one that most people leave and she’s gotten smart enough to know that, ‘if I get to the basket, Lindsey’s going to find me.’ She got those kinds of baskets today for us. She also got a driving basket early against Bone. That’s how they chose to match up. Everybody matches up a little bit differently. You don’t know what exactly you are going to see with three forwards on the floor. That was what we expected going into the game.”

 

On advancing to the Sweet Sixteen:

“Considering where we started, we’ve come a long way. We had a lot of injuries early in the season in September, October and November. We weren’t very healthy. We didn’t have a lot of good practice time because we were not healthy. We’ve really come a long way. We started out in the Big Ten at 2-3. It would have been easy to start pointing fingers, but I thought our kids did a really good job of pulling the thumb and saying ‘let’s get better.’ At that point, I thought we became a better practicing team and a better focused team and our players have really bought in to what we are trying to do.”

 

On attitude going forward:

“Winning in this environment, we’ve got to be confident going into the next game. Regardless of who we see, I think our players are going to say, ‘we can beat anybody.’ We’ve got to play well and we played well tonight. We will see what happens with the other games. You never want to look ahead. I don’t know who we will see but we will find out tomorrow.”

 

 

Nebraska Senior Guard Lindsey Moore

 

On surviving the late Texas A&M rally:

“We just stuck to what had gotten us to that point. We just wanted to make sure we kept our composure. We didn’t want to get rattled. We knew that they were going to make a push at the end so we had to make sure that we were fundamental, took good shots and rebounded the ball. We just wanted to continue to do what we had done to get us to that point.”

 

On easy lob passes into the paint:

“Kelsey Bone seemed to want to make a play. She’s a junior and a great post-presence for them. She wanted to make a play on the ball a lot. Hailie [Sample] has done a really great job of cutting to the hoop and knowing that a lot of the time the person on her is going to leave her. She does a really good job of cutting for us. Fortunately, I was able to find her. She did a great job of finishing tonight.”

 

On playing Texas A&M in the Big 12 Tournament her freshman year:

“That was tough my freshman year. We had a really good winning streak going and we were playing really well. It was tough that we had that loss. It was good for us. That was something that needed to be done before we entered the tournament. I remember the type of team we were going to see. Coach Blair always has the same type of molds. Just being confident in our team and our abilities and what’s gotten us here so far is something that I wanted to take with me to this game and help the players that haven’t played Texas A&M. I wanted to help them to not to be scared or back down by their physicality or the pressure that we’re going to see.”

 

On what surprised Texas A&M:

“I think they were surprised a little bit. I don’t think they knew how much we were going to get out and run. We’re a running team. I don’t think teams really know what that’s like until they play us. I think that they looked at us and thought they were going to push us around. I think we played to our advantages.”

 

 

Nebraska Junior Forward Jordan Hooper

 

On Lindsey Moore:

“She’s a great point-guard. She finds you when you’re open at the right time. It’s amazing some of the passes she makes. You don’t think she sees you, but she sees everything. You better have your hands ready. It’s amazing to play with somebody like that. It’s like having a coach on the floor.”

 

On the team’s energy:

“When we took the floor, I could feel our energy was more up than it was the other night. We fed off each other tonight and played really well. Our energy was great. I felt really good throughout the whole game.”

 

On making it to the Sweet-Sixteen:

“It’s really cool. We’ve never been there before. This is the second time Nebraska’s made it to the Sweet-Sixteen. The team is really excited. We had a really good locker room powwow. It was fun. We’re enjoying the moment and playing for each other.”

 

2013 NCAADivision I women’s basketball championship

Second Round · Nebraska 74 vs. Texas A&M 63

Reed Arena · College Station, Texas

Monday, March 25

 

LOCKER ROOM QUOTES – NEBRASKA

 

 

Emily Cady, Sophomore, Forward

 

On moving on to the Sweet Sixteen:

“It felt really good because Coach [Connie Yori] said there’s only a certain number of Nebraska men’s and women’s basketball teams to ever make the Sweet Sixteen, so it’s kind of cool to make history. It’s always fun to keep playing. They always say ‘survive and advance’, and it’s fun to advance.”

 

On her performance:

“I think that mainly the shots I got were because of passes. Lindsey [Moore] is a really good passer and she’ll find openings. I just try to rebound and try to get offensive rebounds and layups.”

 

 

Meghin Williams, Senior, Forward

 

On advancing to the Sweet Sixteen as a senior:

“It feels amazing. We knew we had a good chance of winning this game. We knew we would have to fight and be physical and that’s exactly what we came in and did. We rebounded well as a team and just got the win.”

 

On beating A&M at home:

“I think that gives us a lot of confidence going into the next round. The environment here is crazy. People are screaming. They have all of their fans, and we have our little section. Being in that atmosphere and still being able to stay poised against a pressure team shows a lot of us and shows that going into the next round of the tournament, we have a good shot. We can play against anybody and we’re going to fight.”