GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

Texas A&M 65, South Carolina 57


By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Aaliyah Wilson scored 17 points and N'dea Jones added 16 to lead No. 3 Texas A&M to a 65-57 win over fifth-ranked South Carolina to give the Aggies their first regular-season Southeastern Conference title.

It's the 10th straight victory for the Aggies and their ninth win over a ranked opponent this season, which leads the nation. Texas A&M (22-1, 13-1 SEC) finished the season 13-0 at home.

The Gamecocks trailed by as many as 14 in the fourth quarter but cut the lead to 3 on a 3-pointer by Aliyah Boston with about three minutes to go.

Wilson pushed Texas A&M's lead to 62-57 on a basket with less than 90 seconds remaining and Kayla Wells added two free throws with 12 seconds left to secure the victory.

The Aggies outscored South Carolina (19-4, 14-2) 19-8 in the third quarter to take a commanding lead before the Gamecocks get back in it late.

Destanni Henderson and Zia Cooke had 15 points each for the Gamecocks, who won both the SEC regular-season and conference tournament titles last season.

Texas A&M led by 14 early in the fourth before South Carolina used a 9-0 run, with the first seven points from Cooke, to get within 56-51 with about 5 1/2 minutes remaining.

The Aggies added one free throw before Henderson's 3-pointer cut the lead to 57-54 with five minutes to go.

Texas A&M was up by 1 at halftime and scored the first 10 points of the second half to make it 45-34 with about four minutes left in the third. Jordan Nixon started that run with a jump shot and capped it with a 3-pointer.

The Gamecocks couldn't do anything right in that stretch, missing seven shots and committing four turnovers. They got their first point of a period when Cooke made one of two free throws with about three minutes left in the quarter.

The Aggies added a basket after that before South Carolina got its first field goal of the second half on a layup by Lele Grissett a few seconds later.

A 5-0 run by Texas A&M, with another 3 by Nixon, came next to make it 52-37 and spur South Carolina coach Dawn Staley to call a timeout.

The Gamecocks finished the quarter with a 5-2 spurt to cut the lead to 52-42 entering the fourth.

Jones had 14 rebounds to pass Anriel Howard (1,002) for most career rebounds in school history with 1,010.

February 28, 2021


South Carolina
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Boston F 32 5-11 0-0 1-4 2-11 2 2 0 3 3 11
V. Saxton F 19 1-5 0-1 0-0 3-4 0 2 0 2 3 2
D. Henderson G 40 6-15 2-2 1-4 1-4 6 0 3 1 0 15
Z. Cooke G 35 4-17 5-6 2-9 1-5 2 0 1 4 2 15
B. Beal G 33 4-9 0-0 1-3 2-8 1 1 3 3 2 9
L. Grissett 22 2-4 1-2 0-0 3-3 0 0 0 0 4 5
L. Amihere 10 0-3 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 3 1 1 1 0
D. Littleton 7 0-2 0-0 0-1 0-3 0 0 1 1 0 0
E. Russell 2 0-2 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Totals   200 22-68
(.324)
8-11
(.727)
5-22
(.227)
16-44 11 8 9 15 17 57


Texas A&M
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
N. Jones F 38 7-14 2-2 0-0 3-14 0 2 0 2 3 16
C. Johnson C 20 2-2 2-4 0-0 3-5 0 1 1 1 3 6
A. Wilson G 39 8-19 1-1 0-1 0-8 3 1 3 4 2 17
K. Wells G 33 3-10 4-6 0-1 1-3 1 0 1 1 0 10
J. Nixon G 32 4-10 1-2 2-3 0-3 5 0 2 3 2 11
A. Dreimane 15 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 0 1 2
D. Pitts 12 1-3 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 3
M. Green 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Z. Green 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 1 0
A. Morris 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 26-61
(.426)
10-15
(.667)
3-7
(.429)
9-40 9 6 8 14 12 65



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