COLLEGE STATION- No. 18 Texas A&M routed Prairie View A&M 98-70 in a women’s basketball game at Reed Arena Tuesday. The Aggies set season-highs in points (98), rebounds (52), assists (20), blocks (7) and steals (12).
The Aggies (5-1) never trailed in the game, jumping out to a 10-2 run to start the game, that forced Prairie View (2-4) to call timeout and play from behind the remainder of the game. The Aggies led 49-27 at halftime, and 72-54 after three quarters.
Four Aggies have scored in double figures in all six games this season, with Khaalia Hillsman’s 20 points leading the way. Danni Williams added 15, Jasmine Lumpkin had 13 and Chennedy Carter had 12. All 11 Aggies who played in the game scored at least three points, and all 11 players made at least one shot from the field.
Anriel Howard led the Aggies with 11 rebounds, marking her fifth game with 10+ rebounds this season.
The Aggies return to action tomorrow, November 29 to host former Southwest Conference foe Rice, in a matchup of 5-1 teams.
· Texas A&M improves to 5-1 on the season, while Prairie View A&M falls to 2-4
· Four Aggies scored in double figures in every game this season
· Texas A&M had a season-high 98 points, scoring 90+ points for the second straight game
· The Aggies are now 41-2 all-time when leading after three quarters
· The Aggies have had 13+ assists in five of six games this season, posting a season-high 20 tonight
· Khaalia Hillsman, Lulu McKinney, N’dea Jones, Caylinne Martin, and Emer Nichols all set or matched their season-high in points
· Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 336-141 in 15 seasons at Texas A&M and 744-305 in his Hall of Fame career. He is eighth among active Division I coaches in career wins.
· Scored 10+ points for the sixth straight game, the only Texas A&M freshman to start her career with six straight 10+ point games
· Had 5+ assists for the fourth time this season
· Had a season-high 20 points, her 12th career 20+ point game and first this season
· Scored in double figures for the fifth time in six games this season and the 49th time in her career
· Moved past Trigg Crawford (653 rebounds, 1977-81) into ninth on Texas A&M’s career rebounding list (658)
· Made her 82nd straight start
· Had 10+ rebounds for the fifth time in six games this season and the 33rd time in her career
· Scored in double figures for the second straight game and the ninth time in her Texas A&M career
· Had a career-high four assists
· Has scored 10+ points in 11 consecutive games, including all six this season. She has 37 career 10+ point games
· Has now hit at least two 3-pointers in eight straight games, dating back to last season
Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair
“Our starters were not playing 30 minutes in this game so I played a lot of people. It got a little bit sloppy, but it was getting sloppy with my first group in there earlier. Prairie View did not give up. I think we were up 28 or so at half and they basically played harder than us in the second half. So when I went to the double low post in the second quarter, I was tired of seeing jump shots and I wanted to see us pound the ball. We finally got into the set I wanted. I thought [Caylinne] Martin was very active in there today. She needs to shoot her free throws better, but she has got to be able to come and give us big time minutes. She plays hard and is physical but sometimes her and Emer [Nichols] do not know our offense. They have got to be able to recognize the sets that we are in. We will just use that a learning experience. I was able to rest and get Khaalia [Hillsman] off early because we wanted to make sure she got the looks tomorrow. We are going to see 40 minutes of zone and by a well-coached team in Rice. We better be able to hit some outside shots tomorrow because we will probably have a lot of them. They will squeeze Khaalia pretty good in there. We need to get to the offensive boards. We had Anriel [Howard] there today, but she had trouble finishing tonight. She has had a good year. Let’s just say it was an off night for her. But even when you have an off night you get 11 rebounds in 19 minutes, the kid just knows how to hustle.”
On Jasmine Lumpkin…
“A kid that’s unnoticed that’s playing very well for us right now is Jasmine Lumpkin. She’s just doing the little things, not trying to overshoot or anything like that. But all of the sudden, there’s another good ball game back to back. Four assists, two turnovers, and those were in the first two minutes. She’s starting to play good, solid ball like a senior should right now.”
Texas A&M Senior Center Khaalia Hillsman
On improvement of turnovers...
“Definitely my shot selection. The guards do a good job of giving me the ball in good spots. This game, I really focused on not taking jump hooks so much because those are not falling for me right now. I think that two of my misses came from jump hooks so I have tried to go baseline more.”
On slow start to game...
“We definitely started way slower than we are supposed to. We sometimes play down to our opponents and that is not how we want to come out. We definitely have to change that. If we come out against Rice on a slow start, they are too good to do that against. So, I think we have to stop underestimating our opponents.”