No. 14 Texas A&M hosts Wright State Friday in NCAA First Round

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COLLEGE STATION- No. 14 and fourth-seeded Texas A&M begins its 14th straight NCAA Tournament appearance by hosting No. 13-seed Wright State at approximately 3 p.m. Friday, March 22 at Reed Arena. The Aggies have won 11 of their last 12 First Round games.

The game is broadcast on ESPN2 with Lowell Galindo and A’ja Wilson on the call. The game is market-protected on cable providers in Texas and the Dayton, Ohio areas, which will show the game in its entirety. Satellite subscribers nationwide have a specific ESPN2 feed for each game of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.

Every game of the Championship is available on WatchESPN and the ESPN app on smartphones, computers, tablets and connected devices (Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One). Radio listeners can hear Tom Turbiville and Tap Bentz on the Texas A&M Sports Network, broadcast locally in Bryan-College Station on WTAW 1620 AM.

The Aggies (24-7) earned a top-four seed in the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in the past 13 seasons, giving Texas A&M the privilege of hosting First-and-Second Round games.

“We're happy to host, six out of the last eight years we've been hosting here,” said head coach Gary Blair. “That says a lot for our basketball team’s consistency, but the most important thing is being able to compete in it instead of just hosting it.”

Texas A&M gains the services of a fully-healthy Chennedy Carter, the SEC’s leading scorer, who missed the conference tournament with a hand injury. In addition to Carter’s 22.5 points per game, Kayla Wells enters the game a scoring average of 15.1 and Ciera Johnson adds 12.0 points per game.

“I'm very excited,” said Carter of getting back on the court. “I was in the gym literally all day Wednesday. I’m really excited to play.”

Wright State (27-6) won the Horizon League’s automatic bid, making an appearance in the Big Dance for just the second time in program history. The Raiders boast three 1,000-point career scorers—Mackenzie Taylor, Symone Simmons and Emily Vogelpohl. Taylor, an All-Horizon League pick, leads the team with 11.8 points per game, and Horizon League Tournament MVP Michal Miller chips in 11.6 per contest.

The winner of this game plays in the NCAA Second Round Sunday, facing the winner of the game between No. 5-seed Marquette and No. 12-seed Rice.