COLUMBIA, SC-Junior All-American candidate Kelsey
Bone scored with 8.8 seconds left, leading No. 14/16 A&M to a 50-48 win
over No. 12/15 South Carolina Sunday afternoon before 10,101 fans at Colonial
Bone opened the scoring of the game with the first two points
and finished the scoring with the final two points to secure the Aggie victory,
along the way Bone collected her 11th double-double on the season with 13
points and 15 rebounds, matching her career high in rebounds.
Texas A&M (19-5, 9-1 SEC) won its seventh straight game
to keep pace with conference leading Tennessee (19-5, 10-1). The seven game
win-streak for the Aggies is the current best for an SEC team, the loss snapped
South Carolina's six game winning-streak. With the win the Aggies have matched
best conference start (9-1) in the Blair era, set by the 2011 National
A&M and South Carolina (20-4, 8-3) battled back and
forth throughout the opening frame with six lead changes and five ties before
the first half was over. The Aggies ended the first 20 minutes of action on a
16-3 run to take a 27-21 advantage into the locker room.
The Gamecocks clawed back into the game, taking their first
lead of the second half with 12:27 to play and pushing the lead out to five
with just over five minutes to play. Once again the Aggies ended the half in
impressive fashion outscoring South Carolina over the final five minutes 8-2 to
escape with the two point victory.
Defense was point of emphasis for both teams s A&M had a
season high nine blocks on the day, limiting the home team to 28.1% shooting in
the game, the lowest percentage for South Caroline this season and the fourth
lowest by an A&M opponent this season. Likewise South Carolina held A&M
to 35% shooting, the fourth lowest by A&M in a game this year. The maroon
and white did not allow a South Carolina field goal in the final 5:15 of the game.
The contest was back-and-forth for most of the game with 12
lead changes and nine ties.
South Carolina, who entered the game as the SEC leader in
rebounding margin, was outrebounded for just the fifth time this season, as the
maroon and white pulled down 50 rebounds to South Carolina's 41. The 50 A&M
rebounds marked the second highest number for the Aggies on the year. The
visitor's pulled down 17 offensive rebounds, translating to 10 second chance
Joining Bone in double-figures were Senior Adrienne Pratcher
and freshman Courtney Walker with 10 apiece. Walker nearly collected her first
career double-double with seven boards, five of which came on the offensive
end, a season high. Junior Karla Gilbert had an impressive night off the bench
scoring seven points, collecting four rebounds and matching her season-high
with three blocks.
South Carolina was paced by Ieasia Walker's game-high 16
points, Tiffany Mitchell added 10 of her own. Ashley Bruner led the Gamecocks
with nine rebounds to go along with her nine points.
The Aggies return to the court Thursday night when the
Aggies host Florida at 8:00 p.m. Thursday's game will be elementary school
night, parents can go to http://www.12thmanfoundation.com/ticket-center/promo/elementary.aspx
to register their children for free tickets to the game. A frisbee catching dog
act will be the half-time entertainment on Thursday. The game will be televised
by College Sports South.