College Station, TX – Texas A&M jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back as they defeated TCU 68-47 on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies were led by Junior Kelsey Bone’s career high 27 points.
Bone jumpstarted the Aggie offense scoring the first six points of the game leading the Aggies on a 21-0 run before TCU was able to get in the scoring column. The Aggie offense made eight of the first 14 shots attempted to put the game out of reach after going ahead 21 points with just over 10 minutes played.
“Bone made up for her last game and played extremely well and under control,” Head Coach Gary Blair said. “She did the little things right. She answered the bell. I put her back in to get that career high.”
For the second consecutive outing the Aggie defense proved too tough to crack in the early going. On Tuesday, the maroon and white held Louisiana Tech from scoring until 12:30 remaining in the first half, today the Aggies held the Horned Frogs scoreless until 9:51 remaining in the first half when Zahna Medley made a free-throw. TCU’s first field-goal was not scored until 8:25 remaining in the first half and was 0-for-16 to start the game.
Bone continued her strong play throughout the first half shooting 6-of-8 on the way to a new first half high this season of 13 points. The Aggies out-rebounded the Horned Frogs 21-18 in the first half including five offensive rebounds leading to four second chance points.
The Aggies held TCU to a season first half low 13 points on 5-of-27 shooting. Texas A&M shot 14-for-31 from the floor and were perfect from the charity stripe for the first time this season in the opening 20 minutes. Senior Kristi Bellock was a key cog in the A&M defense with an unofficial nine tipped passes while playing on the ball defense for much of the first half.
“Bellock is the unsung hero because she had nine deflections in the first half,” Blair said. “Our goal as a team is 25 and she had nine. She was into the passing lanes. She’s getting better.”
The first TCU points of the second half trimmed the Aggie lead to 18, but Sophomore Tori Scott made a key three pointer to jump start a 7-2 run to push the Aggie lead out to a game-high 26 points with less than 12 minutes to play.
The Aggie defense caused consistent problems for the Horned Frogs all game long, TCU had a season high 21 turnovers. Texas A&M’s defensive pressure translated to 21 points off turnovers and held TCU to shooting 16-for-60 on the day for a season low 26.7 percent.
Bellock filled up the stat sheet with seven points, five rebounds, three steals, two blocks and one assist in only 18 minutes of action. Senior Adrienne Pratcher and Scott each contributed seven points. The Aggies outscored the Horned Frogs 38-14 in the paint.
Texas A&M will hit the road next week for a four game road streak that will begin in Los Angeles against USC on Dec. 15. Then the Aggies will play three games in the World Vision Classic starting on Dec. 19 against former Big 12 opponent Kansas State.