COLLEGE STATION— No. 17 Texas A&M rallied from a deficit as large as 12 points, but fell to Lamar 74-68 in a women’s basketball game at Reed Arena.
Lamar (5-3), the preseason pick to win the Southland Conference, built on a 39-35 halftime lead with a 13-4 run early in the third quarter. Texas A&M (4-2) used a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to two points, but Lamar closed on a 9-3 run to seal victory.
Aaliyah Wilson led the Aggies with 17 points and a career-high 9 rebounds. She was joined in double figures by Kayla Wells, who matched her career-high with 16, and Ciera Johnson added eight.
Chastadie Barrs led the Cardinals with 23 points, and Miya Crump added 20.
It was the Aggies’ sixth annual Elementary School Day game, with around 4,000 elementary school children in attendance. The total attendance of 7,133 marked the sixth straight season with over 7,000 in Reed Arena for the game.
Texas A&M returns to action on Thursday, December 5 at Houston, which is broadcast on ESPN2 at 6 p.m.
· Texas A&M falls to 4-2 on the season, while Lamar improves to 5-3
· The loss snaps the Aggies’ 10-game home winning streak, which had been the second-longest active streak in the SEC
· Texas A&M did not attempt a 3-point field goal until the final 30 seconds of the game.
· This was the Aggies’ sixth Elementary School Day game. The Aggies are 4-2 on Elementary School Day, and each game has had 7,000+ fans in attendance
· Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 361-153 in 16 seasons in Aggieland. He is 769-316 in his Hall of Fame career, which ranks eighth among active coaches.
· Scored 10+ points for the fifth time in six games this season and the ninth time in her collegiate career
· Set her career-high with nine rebounds
· Scored double-figure points for the fourth time this season and the sixth time in her collegiate career
· Had career-highs of 16 points and eight rebounds
· Scored 10+ points for the fifth time in six games this season
· Made her first start at Texas A&M