Aggies Shoot Past Techsters
Dec. 5, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - No. 25 Texas A&M hit a season-high 11 three-pointers and held Louisiana Tech to only one first half field goal as the Aggies defeated the Lady Techsters 77-26 Tuesday night before 4,248 fans at Reed Arena.
The Aggies (4-3) opened the game on a 13-0 run as Tech was held scoreless until Courtney Hayes layup at the 12:30 mark of the first half put the Lady Techsters on the scoreboard. It would be the Lady Techsters only made field goal of the opening half as Tech was only 1-of-19 from the field at the break.
Following Hayes' layup, A&M scored 14 straight over the next six minutes to push the advantage out to 27-2 with less than seven minutes to play. Tavasha Anderson hit two free throws and Brittney Jefferson and Hayes each made one as Tech trailed 43-6 at the break.
Texas A&M, whose three losses came to No. 2 Connecticut, No. 6 Louisville and No. 7 Penn State, entered the game shooting only 28 percent from the three-point line but hit 6-of-7 in the first half and 11 of its first 12 in the game.
Peyton Little, who led the Aggies with 18 points, triggered the three-point barrage in the first half by hitting 4-of-4 before Courtney Williams matched her in the second half by hitting all four of her three-point attempts.
Tech played better in the second half as A&M outscored the Lady Techsters 34-20. After committing 16 turnovers in the opening half, LA Tech cut that down to six after intermission. On the night Tech was outscored 23-1 on points off of turnovers.
After seeing her team fall behind early, head coach Teresa Weatherspoon substituted freely as the Tech bench outscored its starters 18-8 and outrebounded them 20-12.
Kelia Shelton led Tech with seven points and eight rebounds.
For the game, Tech shot 17 percent (9-54), 2-of-17 from the three-point line and 6-of-12 from the free throw line while Texas A&M shot 42 percent (30-71) from the field, 11-of-15 three-pointers and 6-of-9 free throws. A&M outrebounded Tech 49-42.
Tech returns to action Sunday when it travels to face Rutgers at 10 a.m. at Madison Square Garden.