No. 16 Texas A&M women defeat Missouri 77-58

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COLLEGE STATION—Adrienne Pratcher and Peyton Little led a devastating three-point barrage by Texas A&M, leading the 16th-ranked Aggies to a 77-58 win over Missouri Sunday afternoon before 5,785 fans at Reed Arena.

Little and Pratcher combined to go 11-of-17 from behind the arc and scored a combined 35 points on the day, while All-America candidate Kelsey Bone registered her SEC-leading 10th double-double of the year with 16 points and 10 boards.

“Pratcher’s been on a roll since conference started,” Head Coach Gary Blair said following the win. “It was good to see Peyton come in and hit multiple threes. She usually hits one a game. It’s good to see her be able to get into the flow. That’s what we’re going to have to have.”

A&M (16-5, 6-1 SEC) won its fourth straight overall, 10th in a row at home and maintained hold on second place in the league standings. Overall, the Aggies set an arena record and tied a school record with 12 threes on the afternoon.

Texas A&M set the tone for the day very early, racing out to an 8-0 lead in the first 80 seconds of the game behind two Pratcher threes, forcing a Missouri timeout.

The Tigers (13-8, 2-5) clawed back into the game, pulling within one with 13:36 to go before halftime, but the Aggies responded with a 26-2 run over the next eight and a half minutes—a run which included five treys and forced Mizzou to burn three timeouts.

In perhaps the strongest team showing of the year, the Aggies registered a season-high 26 assists on 29 made buckets.

Missouri, who entered the game as the nation’s second-best three-point shooting team, were stifled by the Aggie defensive effort, going 1-for-9 from behind the arc in the first half and shot just 29 percent from long distance for the game.

“I think we were switching again, Coach Starkey had a very good game plan,” Blair added when asked about the defensive effort today. “It’s not that we are forcing turnovers off of the press, it’s we want to set the tempo and make them play faster than they want to.”

Kristi Bellock was the fourth Texas A&M player in double figures, scoring 10 on 4-of-6 shooting.

Mizzou was led by Bri Kulas’ 12 point, 4-rebound day.

The victory was another dominating one in league play for Texas A&M, which has beaten opponents by an average of 26 points in its six SEC wins.

The Aggies return to the court Thursday night when the Aggies host Vanderbilt at 7 p.m. Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to take pictures with the 2012 Heisman Trophy, won by Johnny Manziel. The game will be televised by FOX Sports South/Southwest.

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