COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Fresh off a Texas A&M’s first Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship almost two weeks ago the NCAA third seeded Aggies (24-9) will face 13-seed Wichita State (24-9) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Reed Arena.
Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. (CT) and the game will be televised regionally by ESPN2. Fans can also listen locally on WTAW 1620 AM and worldwide on aggieathletics.com and radioaggieland app.
A&M is hosting first- and second-round action at Reed Arena for the second consecutive year. The first two rounds at Reed Arena will be March 23 and 25. A&M is 2-0 all-time in first round games played in College Station and 7-2 overall in the round of 64.
The Aggies and Lady Shockers will meet for the third time on Saturday. The previous meetings between the two schools both fell in A&M’s favor, the first was in January 1978 with the maroon and white victorious by a final score of 72-45. Most recently the two teams met in the US Virgin Islands at the Paradise Jam, Gary Blair led the Aggies to a 70-36 decision in November 2007. Three Aggies scored in double figures with Patrice Reado leading the charge off the bench with 14 points, La Toya Micheaux and Takia Starks each added 13. The A&M defense was too much for Wichita State that day with the Aggies forcing 30 turnovers leading to 37 A&M points.
The Aggies enter the game with a three game winning streak, all at the SEC Tournament and all against Top-15 teams. The Lady Shockers are winners of five straight heading into the First Round. Wichita State will be playing in the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history after capturing the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Championship on March 17 against Illinois State 69-65.
Senior Adrienne Pratcher took over the national lead in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.68 following conference tournament play. The Aggies have consistently ranked in the top-10 in field goal percentage and head in to the tournament at 7th shooting 45.6%, due in large part to junior Kelsey Bone ranking 6th nationally at 56.3%. The maroon and white also rank in the top-10 in assists per with 16.9.
Bone is having a magical year scoring and rebounding the basketball, with 559 points thus far this season she has accumulated the 5th most points in a single season by an Aggie. Additionally she has grabbed 318 rebounds, third most in a single season. She is one of three players to rank in the top-5 in each category in program history, Danielle Adams in 2011 at most points (847) and second in rebounds (324) along with Peggy Pope in 1979 with fourth most points (578) and most rebounds (360).
Following the Texas A&M and Wichita State match-up, 6-seed Nebraska and 11-seed Chattanooga will face-off. The winner of each game will take the court Monday night at 8:30 p.m. (CT) for the right to advance to the Sweet 16 in Norfolk, Virginia, will play the winner from the First/Second Rounds taking place in Durham, NC. The Sweet 16 game in the Norfolk regional will take place March 31.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 with Carter Blackburn on play-by-play and Maria Taylor providing commentary. The game will broadcast regionally with fans in Texas and Kansas able to watch the game un-interrupted, others might be directed to regional games in their area. The games will be carried online at espn3.com and on the WatchESPN mobile app.
Aggie Women’s Basketball Game #34
NCAA First Round
Texas A&M (24-9; 11-5 SEC) vs. Wichita State (24-9, 15-3 MVC)
March 23, 2013 · 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Reed Arena (12,989)
College Station, Texas
TV: ESPN2, Regional. Espn3.com or WatchESPN mobile app
Carter Blackburn, Play-by-Play
Maria Taylor, Commentary
RADIO: Texas A&M Radio Network
Mike Wright, Play-by-Play
Tap Bentz, Commentary
Local: WTAW-AM 1620 (College Station/Bryan)
LIVE AUDIO/STATS: AggieAthletics.com