COLLEGE STATION, Texas- No. 25 Texas A&M won its eighth straight game, downing Mississippi State 73-35 in a women's basketball game at Reed Arena.
The win also extended A&M’s home-winning streak to 10 straight games, and kept A&M in sole possession of first place in the SEC standings.
The game marked the return of long-time A&M assistant coach, Vic Schaefer, who now is the head coach of Mississippi State. Dating back to Schaefer’s days as head coach at Sam Houston State, Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair is now 9-0 against his long-time friend, and 2-0 against him while at Mississippi State.
Texas A&M (15-4, 5-0 SEC) continued its run of strong first halves defensively, holding Mississippi State to 20 points and just one field goal the last 11:40 of the half, as the Aggies took a 33-20 lead into the break. The Aggies have held four straight opponents to 20 or fewer points in the first half.
Mississippi State (14-5, 1-4 SEC) had its offensive rhythm disrupted by the stifling Aggie defense, shooting just 20.3% over the course of the game and were held without a 3-pointer.
Courtney Walker led A&M with 16 points, and was joined in double figures by Courtney Williams (15) and Achiri Ade (14).
"We were well prepared," said Walker. "We had some really long practices the past few days based on the fact that they know all of our plays. We executed more and got to the hole by being aggressive."
Karla Gilbert led the Aggies with 10 rebounds, followed by Ade’s nine. Jordan Jones led the Aggies with nine assists, coming one away from her fourth 10+ assist game of the season.
The Aggies next hit the road to face Missouri on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. Texas A&M returns to Reed Arena on Jan. 26 to host No. 12
Tennessee at 3 p.m. in a game televised by ESPN2. The game marks the first visit to College Station for the Lady Vols.