Women's basketball team of the week: Texas A&M Aggies
A year removed from a one-and-done NCAA Championship appearance, Texas A&M has used the early portion of the current season to serve notice that they are again a team to be reckoned with, scoring statement wins this week at No. 14 Duke and at home against TCU.
No. 12-ranked Texas A&M lost a second-half lead against Duke and found themselves trailing by a point in overtime at Cameron Indoor Stadium, before rallying behind Courtney Walker, Jordan Jones and Courtney Williams to defeat the Blue Devils 72-66 on Nov. 18. Walker hit half of her 16 shots to finish with 22 points while grabbing 11 rebounds, while Jones added 14 points and Williams, 12 for the Aggies. Duke trailed by 11 points with 7:17 left in the third quarter before coming back to tie the game on a 7-0 run to open the fourth period. They had a two-point lead with 2:23 left, before Aggie Khaalia Hillsman's basket with 34 seconds left sent the game into overtime. Walker and Williams combined for eight of Texas A&M’s nine overtime points.
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Three days later at home against a much-improved TCU team, Texas A&M defeated the Horned Frogs 82-78, pushing the Aggies' record to 4-0 for the eighth time in the past nine years. Walker again led the way with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting and eight rebounds in the game. Williams added 17 points, while Jones had 17 points and nine assists for the Aggies. TCU, which fell to 3-1, stayed in the game with hot shooting from long-range, tying a Reed Arena record with 11 3-pointers made. Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair earned his 699th victory, putting him one win away from becoming the 16th Division I coach with 700 wins.
The Aggies return to action on Friday, Nov. 27 against No. 21 California in the South Point Shootout in Las Vegas, Nevada.