Dec. 28, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M came out on fire offensively, built a 26-point halftime lead and coasted to an 80-52 win over Louisiana Tech before 4,544 fans at Reed Arena Saturday night.
The Aggies (8-4) full court press forced some early LA Tech turnovers as Texas A&M hit their first eight shots from the field and shot 65 percent in the opening half en route to a 51-25 halftime lead.
All five Aggies starters scored in the opening eight minutes and when center Karla Gilbert converted a conventional three-point play at the 14:02 to mark of the first half, Texas A&M led 19-2.
"Transition defense was the biggest thing," said Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. "We had to get back defensively. We needed to make them run their half court offense instead of scoring in transition. We didn't do that tonight, especially early."
Texas A&M outscored Tech 23-0 in fast break points while also outscoring the Lady Techsters 21-5 in points off of turnovers.
Even when the Aggies weren't scoring in transition, the Aggies were consistently knocking down mid-range jumpers as they hit 20-of-31 field goals in the opening half.
"We gave them wide open jumpers," Weatherspoon said. "Those are a lot easier to knock down. They built a great deal of early momentum by scoring in transition and hitting open jump shots. We also didn't do a good job of getting the ball in bounds. They pressure us (full court) and we struggled against it."
Freshman JaQuan Jackson finally got Tech going offensively, hitting back-to-back three-pointers as the Lady Techsters cut the deficit to 19-8 with 12:47 to play in the half. However, a 14-2 run by Texas A&M pushed the advantage out to 33-10 as Tech would get no closer the rest of the half.
The final 20 minutes of play was much more competitive as Tech saw Texas A&M push the lead out to as many as 33 at 72-39 on Courtney Williams three-pointer with 10:19 to play.
Junior Whitney Frazier recorded her fifth double double in the last six games with 15 points and 11 rebounds while Jackson added 14 points, hitting four three-pointers. Chrisstasia Walter added six points and a career-high tying 10 assists while only committing three turnovers against the Aggies pressure.
Williams led the Aggies with 22 points and 10 rebounds while Jordan Jones added 10 points and 13 assists. Courtney Walker and Gilbert each added 10 points.
For the game, Tech shot 28 percent (19-68) from the field, 5-of-17 from the three-point line and 9-of-14 from the free throw line. Texas A&M shot 52 percent (32-62) from the field, 3-of-7 from the three-point line and 13-of-18 from the free throw line.
Tech returns to action Jan. 8 when it opens Conference USA play at home against Southern Mississippi.