COLLEGE STATION- Four Texas A&M players reached double figures in points as the No. 20 Aggie women's basketball team won its 11th straight exhibition game, defeating Oklahoma City 81-40 at Reed Arena Friday.
Chennedy Carter, the 2017-18 unanimous National Freshman of the Year, paced the Aggies with 21 points—the most for an Aggie in an exhibition game since Danielle Adams' 24 in 2010. Carter had 13 of her points in the first half, helping the home team to a 36-21 halftime lead.
Two former McDonald's All-Americans who were playing their first game in Maroon and White reached double-figures. Ciera Johnson had 12 points and seven rebounds, while Aaliyah Wilson had 10 points and three assists.
Kayla Wells added 11, her second straight exhibition game in double figures, after scoring 12 in last season's game against the Stars.
N'dea Jones led the squad with nine rebounds, while newcomer Cheah Rael-Whitsitt added eight. Shambria Washington had a team-high six assists.
The Aggies open the regular season on Wednesday, November 7 at 6 p.m. against Rice in the Maroon Madness Tip-Off.
Texas A&M won its 11th straight exhibition game, dating back to 2008
The 2017-18 Unanimous National Freshman of the Year, Chennedy Carter, scored 21 points, the most for a Texas A&M player in an exhibition game since 2010-11
Ciera Johnson had 12 points, playing in Reed Arena for the first time
Kayla Wells had 11 points, marking her second straight exhibition game with 10+ points
Aaliyah Wilson had 10 points in her first game wearing a Texas A&M uniform
N'dea Jones added nine rebounds, which would have set a career-high had it been a regular season game
Cheah Rael-Whitsitt added eight rebounds in her first senior college game
Shambria Washington had six assists in her first game at Reed Arena
The Aggies return to action on Wednesday, November 7 against Rice in the season-opener
Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair
On if the game plan was to dominate the paint
“It was the game plan, after we opened up 1-for-10, and I said ‘quit shooting 3s, shoot 15 footers, drive the ball, and get your confidence up’ because we were down 7-2. Everybody got shot-happy and that’s what should happen coming out live and then we started getting the ball into our five players. I thought Ciera Johnson and Caylinne Martin both had some good points in the ball game that we have to have, because when we play Rice, they always go in and just shut down our five player first. Those two were very active and they did a good job for us.”
On the game plan and how the game went overall
“Game plan was to make sure I got a lot of kids double-figure minutes. I said ‘I want nobody to play more than 24, but Chennedy went 26 because we struggled so much in the first. Oklahoma City will do very well in their league and they’ve won 4 out of the last 8 national championships, but we just had a little bit more firepower on the boards and out-rebounded them bad in the second half and that was just a lot of energy.”
On the performance of the team tonight
“I thought Kayla Wells played very well tonight and I got on her case at half, who’s ever heard of a kid scoring 11 points with no rebounds? So, I got something to work with, but I love how she took the ball to the basket, she’s so long and athletic. I thought Chennedy was very unselfish today trying to set up her teammates and Wilson, you can see what she’s capable at the 2-guard position. Let’s just use this as a learning experience, take tomorrow off, we’ll have the coaches go recruiting and then we’ll get back to it Sunday.”