NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Texas A&M fell behind early in the game and could not fight back at Vanderbilt, falling by a score of 61-51 at Memorial Gym in Nashville, Tenn.
Junior Kelsey Bone’s led the Aggies with 17 points and senior Kristi Bellock had her seventh double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and collecting 10 rebounds.
Texas A&M falls to 21-7 overall and 11-3 in conference, while Vanderbilt improved to 18-9 overall and 8-6 in league play.
The Aggies opened the scoring with a Courtney Walker jumper, but the Commodores scored the next seven points to take a 7-2 lead into the first media timeout. A&M was 0-6 from the floor during the stretch with each of the Aggie starters misfiring from the floor.
The maroon and white then scored six straight points to reclaim the lead at 8-7, forcing Vanderbilt to call a timeout. The score stayed the same through the next media timeout; senior Adrienne Pratcher controlled the offense assisting on three of the first four A&M baskets.
Vanderbilt responded hitting several jumpers to take a 16-13 lead at the under eight media timeout, Elan Brown had 10 points in the first half to help the Commodores take the lead. The Commodores maintained the three point lead for much of the next four minutes.
The Aggies went into the break trailing 25-20 at the break, the lowest first half point total for the Aggies in a game this season. Texas A&M was 8-for-28 from the floor in the first 20 minutes, for a 28.6 shooting percentage the lowest for a first half this season.
After the break, the Commodores scored the first six points to take a game-high 11 point lead. Bone answered with a layup, but that did not stop the Vandy run as Jasmine Lister made a three off an offensive rebound that pushed the lead out to 12 points at 38-25 with just under 16 minutes to play.
A&M made a strong push to get back into the game cutting the Commodore lead to just three points at 47-44 with 6:52 to play, but Vanderbilt responded with a 11-3 run to push the lead back to 12 with just over a minute to play and squad A&M’s comeback attempt.
Bone and Bellock were the only two Aggies in double figures, but Walker had nine points and seven rebounds in 36 minutes of play. Pratcher played all 40 minutes for the first time in her career scoring seven points and tallying six assists.
Vanderbilt was led by Tiffany Clarke’s career-high 30 points and seven rebounds. Elan Brown added 12, while Jasmine Lister put up 11 points on the night.
The Aggies final road game of the regular season will be back in the state of Tennessee for a match-up with the Lady Vols Thursday on CSS at 6:00 p.m.