No. 15 Texas A&M Downs No. 11 Oklahoma
March 2, 2010
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Tanisha Smith scored 19 points, Danielle Adams added 18 and No. 15 Texas A&M cruised to a 78-55 win over 11th-ranked Oklahoma on Tuesday night.
The Aggies (21-7, 9-6 Big 12) used a dominant first half to build a 19-point lead and didn't allow Oklahoma to get within 10 points after halftime. Adaora Elonu had her first career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Sydney Carter had 13 points and a career-high seven assists.
The Sooners (20-9, 10-5) cut the lead to 13 before the Aggies scored eight consecutive points to stretch their advantage to 64-43 with 8 minutes left.
Danielle Robinson led Oklahoma with 16 points. Abi Olajuwon had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The Sooners struggled in this one because of their 21 turnovers and poor shooting, particularly from 3-point range (0 for 8). Robinson shot 4 of 16 overall and Nyeshia Stevenson was 3 of 14, including 0 for 5 on 3-pointers.
Each time the Sooners got anything going, Texas A&M responded with a big run. Oklahoma scored four quick points with about seven minutes remaining before the Aggies began a 13-4 run that made it 77-51 and put the game completely out of reach with about three minutes left.
Adams, who was 8 of 8 from the free throw line, also had seven rebounds and three blocks. Two of those came when she rejected Olajuwon, who got the rebound and went up for a layup only to get blocked a second time.
Oklahoma trailed by 19 before the Aggies were called for offensive fouls on consecutive possessions to ignite a 6-0 run by the Sooners that cut the lead to 56-43 midway through the second half.
Texas A&M was up by one in the first half before going on a 16-4 run to push its lead to 33-20 about three minutes before halftime. The Sooners had six turnovers and went several minutes between their two baskets during that span.
Oklahoma scored four straight points after that but the Aggies answered with a 10-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Carter, to make it 43-24 at halftime.