Aggie women win season opener over Rice 65-54

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M won its sixth straight season-opener, holding off Rice for a 65-54 win in a women’s basketball game at Reed Arena Wednesday.

The Aggies (1-0) opened the game on a 13-1 run, and held Rice without a field goal for the first 5:12 of the game, taking a 28-18 lead to the break.

The Owls (0-1) would hang around, closing the deficit to just three points with under three minutes in the third quarter. Texas A&M responded with an 8-0 run, including two buckets by Kayla Wells to regain control of the game.

Chennedy Carter led the Aggies with 22 points, one of three Aggies in double-figures, adding five rebounds and co-led the team with four assists. Aaliyah Wilson chipped in 18 points and Wells had a career-high 16.

Ciera Johnson led the Aggies with eight rebounds, and Shambria Washington added a team-high four assists.

The Aggies return to action on Sunday, November 11, hosting Jacksonville at 6 p.m. on SEC Network +.

POSTGAME NOTES

Team

· Texas A&M starts the season 1-0, while Rice drops to 0-1

· Texas A&M is on an eight-game home winning streak, and has won 13 of its last 14 home games

· Texas A&M won its sixth straight season-opener, and has won its season opener in 13 of the past 14 season

· The Aggies are 41-4 in home openers and 32-13 in season openers

· The Aggies have won nine of their last 12 games, with the only losses in that span coming to the eventual 2018 National Finalists, Notre Dame and Mississippi State

· Texas A&M held Rice to without a field goal for the first 5:12 of the game. A&M jumped out to a 13-1 lead in the first 3:54 of the game.

· Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 358-151 in 16 seasons in Aggieland. He is 766-314 in his Hall of Fame career, which ranks eighth among active coaches.

Chennedy Carter

· Scored 20+ points for the sixth straight game, dating back to last season, and the 25th time in her career

· Scored in double figures for the 11th straight game, dating back to last season, and the 36th time in her 37-game career

Aaliyah Wilson

· Scored in double figures for the fifth time in her career, but it was her first time scoring 10+ in a Texas A&M uniform

Kayla Wells

· Scored a career-high 16 points, her first career double-digit scoring game