OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- Sophomore Takia Starks (Houston, Texas) scored 16 points as top-seeded Texas A&M beat Colorado, 62-45, in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference Women’s Basketball Championship Wednesday at the Cox Convention Center.
Texas A&M (24-5) posted its best defensive outing against a Big 12 opponent this season and advanced to the semifinals against either fourth-seeded Nebraska or fifth-seeded Iowa State on Wednesday, March 7 at 6 p.m.
The 13th-ranked Aggies, the league’s leader in defensive field goal percentage, held Colorado (13-17) to 26 percent shooting, the Buffaloes' worst outing of the season. The Aggies had held opponents to fewer than 50 points in two league games this year, Kansas State (48) and Texas Tech (47).
The Aggies’ win over Colorado was only their third over any opponent in the tournament’s 11-year history. Their first two wins in the event came in the first round in 1998 and 2006.
Colorado trailed by 15 points late in the first half and 26-15 at halftime but used a 10-4 run to open the second half to pull within 30-25 with 14:41 left.
Texas A&M quickly rebuilt the lead to 11 points at 41-30. A three-pointer by Colorado’s Hannah Kilkdum with 10:25 left cut the Aggies’ lead to 41-35, but Texas A&M answered with a 19-4 run over the next eight minutes.
Postgame Notes...For only the second time in the 11-year existence of the Big 12 Conference, Texas A&M advances to the semifinals of the postseason league tournament…A&M claimed its fourth-straight win over the Buffaloes in the all-time series…It was only the fifth all-time victory in the series as CU still holds a 10-5 advantage in 15 all-time meetings between the two schools…A&M recorded its 24th victory of the season which ties for second-most in the 33-year history of the program…The ninth-ranked Aggie defense held Colorado to 15 first-half points and a season-low 29.0 percent shooting from the floor (12-of-46) to mark the third-lowest shooting percentage by an opponent this season…It was the worst shooting percentage by an A&M league opponent this year…The Aggies have held five opponents this year to below 29.0 percent shooting…The Buffaloes were the sixth A&M opponent to be held under 20 first-half points this season and the first Big 12 team of the six to do so…It tied for the third-fewest points scored in the first half by an A&M opponent this season…A&M previously held Delaware State to 11 first-half points on Dec. 20, McNeese State to 12 on Nov. 21 and Sam Houston State to 15 on Dec. 29…The Aggies and Buffaloes combined for 41 first-half points (26-15) to mark the fewest combined points in a first half by both teams…The previous low for combined points in the first half of play was 46 at Texas (18-28) on Jan. 21 and at Oklahoma (20-26) on Jan. 27…Texas A&M has now gone 3-10 in Big 12 Championship play…The 17-point margin of victory was the largest against a league opponent this season…It also marked the fewest points scored by a league opponent (45) this season…A&M has now won in double figures in 11 contests this season and three times against conference opponents…The Aggies entered the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship as the No. 1 seed…The Buffaloes committed 26 turnovers in the game, the second-most among Big 12 opponents this season…The Aggie defense has now forced 20-or-more opponent turnovers in 21-of-29 overall games played…They have also scored 20-or-more points off opponent miscues in 20 games of the season with 23 points versus CU…For only the second time this season all 14 players on the roster entered the ballgame next to the McNeese State game on Nov. 21…Three players scored in double figures including 13 points from junior Patrice Reado (Houston, Texas) which marked her eighth double-digit game of the season…Sophomore Takia Starks turned in her 23rd double-digit game with a team-high 16 points…She has scored in double figures in seven of the last eight outings for the Aggies…Junior A’Quonesia Franklin (Tyler, Texas) recorded her 15th double-digit game with 13 points…Franklin connected on a trio of three-pointers for the seventh time this season.