BRYAN COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M women’s basketball kept Texas 28.6% off the field and propelled the Aggies to a 67-46 win over the Bobcats at Reed Arena on Wednesday night.
A relentless aggie defense limited the Bobcats to 18 of 63 from the floor, including 3 of 18 (16.7%) from 3-point range.
On offense, Texas A&M had a season-high 3-point field goals and shot 8-of-16 (50.0%) from long range.
The Aggies shared offense with four players scoring in double digits for the first time of the season. junior guard Sahara Jones had 11 points, six rebounds and three assists. fifth grader Aaliyah Patty also registered 11 points and six rebounds. Sophomore guard Tineya Hylton reached her career highs with 10 points and six assists. freshman forward Jania Barker logged 10 points and five rebounds.
In the first quarter, the Aggies held Texas State without a point to the 4:48 mark as the Maroon & White built a 6-0 lead. Patty made two buckets in the waning minutes of the opening period to extend the lead to 19-8 at the break. The Aggie defense limited the Bobcats to 21.4% (3 of 14) shooting from the field during the quarter.
Hylton hit two free throws at the 8:17 mark of the second frame to give the Aggies their biggest lead of the first half, 23-8. Texas State responded immediately with a 9-0 run marked by Da’Nasia Hood’s five points, cutting the lead to six points just after halftime in the quarter.
The Maroon & White went into the half-time break with a lead of 30:21. Jones led the charge in the first half with 11 points on 5-of-7 shots from the field and three rebounds.
Hylton potted a 70-foot shot on the buzzer to lead Texas A&M 51-28 into the final quarter. The Aggies put on runs of 8-0 and 9-0 as the Maroon & White beat Texas State 21-7 during that period.
Texas State didn’t narrow the gap closer than 20 points in the fourth quarter, and the Aggies grabbed their biggest lead of the competition as a sophomore Jada Malone hit a jumper to give A&M a 63-35 pad at the 5:49 mark.
The Aggies take on Rice at home on Sunday at 2 p.m
RECORDS & SERIES NOTES
- Texas A&M advances to 4-1 in the 2022-23 regular season.
- The Aggies’ streak advantage against Texas State improved to 14-2 as the Maroon & White celebrated their 10th straight win over the Bobcats.
- Joni Taylor improves her record to 144-76 all-time and to 4-1 in her first season with the Aggies.
- The Aggies had four players to score in double digits for the first time since January 23, 2022, including Sahara Jones (11), Aaliyah Patty (11), Jania Barker (10) and Tineya Hylton (10).
- It was the fifth time this season that the Aggies had at least three players in double digits.
- Texas A&M improved to 4-0 in 2022-23 at Reed Arena.
- Texas A&M used a starting lineup of Sydney Bowles, Jania Barker, McKinzie Green, Sahara Jones and Aaliyah Patty for the fifth time this season (4-1).
- Texas A&M kept an opponent under 50 points for the third time in 2022-23.
- Texas A&M kept an opponent in single digits in the points column for the second time in two different quarters in 2022-23.
- The Aggies limited Texas State to seven points in the third quarter, a season-high for the Maroon & White defense.
- The Aggies limited Texas State to two field goals in the third quarter, a season-high for the Maroon & White defense.
- The Aggies limited Texas State to 28.6% (18 of 63) field goal shooting for the game, a season-high for the Maroon & White defense.
- Maroon & White’s defense kept the Bobcats 41 points below their season average for offensive performance.
- The Aggies hit their best eight 3-point field goals of the season and hit 50.0% (8 of 16) from long range for the second time in 2022-23
- Texas A&M dished out a season-high 19 assists, beating 15 against Army and A&M-Corpus Christi
- Scored 10 or more points for the fourth game in a row.
- In her fifth straight game, she hit a 3-point field goal.
- Added five rebounds, one block, and one steal.
- Made a career-high seven rebounds and two steals
- Score a 3-point field goal for the fifth game in a row.
- He set his career highs with 10 points and six assists.
- Get a 70ft shot at the buzzer to complete the third quarter.
- Set a career high with six points in 3-of-3 shooting from the field.
- Scored 10 or more points for fourth time in 2022-23 and sixth time of her career.
- Achieve a season-high 71.4% (5 of 7) from the field, including 1 of 1 from the 3-point range.
- Added six rebounds, three assists and one steal.
- Scored 10 or more points for the second time in 2022-23 and for the 41st time of her career.
- Added six rebounds and two assists.
- Registered a season high of 11 points.
AFTER THE GAME QUOTES
head coach Joni Taylor
Shoot well at a distance…
“That’s one thing we have is some people who can stretch the floor. We either had open looks or if they took that away it opens things up in the high post area and we can play high-low. For us, it was about making the right reading and the right pass to get to goal when that was inside, or making another pass to a guard on the way.
In the second quarter…
“It just wasn’t locked in. It goes back to us being able to put four quarters together, right? When we do that, we do some things really well and when we don’t, we do some things really badly. I think there could have been a little bit of that, but I don’t want to upset her, I think we didn’t have the same energy, we didn’t talk and we need to be more focused and united in.”
Junior forward Saharah Jones
About the difference in the second quarter…
“I think we had energy mostly on our defense, that basically got us through the game. We know our offense will work and it’s a bit shaky at times, but we can always rely on defense . In the second quarter we knew we weren’t giving enough energy, so the third and fourth quarters had to be close to perfect.”
Sophomore Gaurd Tineya Hilton
On four scorers in the double digits…
“I feel like it can help us a lot if the team executes the moves correctly. On defense we can come together as a team and stop, but we also have a lot of talent in our team on offense, especially young players. We know that we are talented as individuals and everything will work out.”
When half-field shot …
“Honestly, I just shot it and if it went in, it went in. I hoped it would have gone in, which it did. That was definitely my first half-field shot, so it was pretty exciting.”
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