COLLEGE STATION- Game 30 • SEC Game 16 • Sunday, February 25, 2018 • 3 p.m.
No. 11 AP / No. 9 Coaches’ Missouri Tigers (23-5, 11-4 SEC)
No. 17 AP / No. 18 Coaches’ Texas A&M Aggies (21-8, 10-5 SEC)
College Station, Texas | Reed Arena (12,989)
TV: SEC Network (Eric Frede, Christy Thomaskutty)
Radio: The Zone 1150 AM / 102.7 FM (Tom Turbiville, Tap Bentz)
No. 17 Texas A&M concludes the regular season by hosting No. 11 Missouri in a women’s basketball game at Reed Arena Sunday at 3 p.m. Fans are encouraged to get to their seats by 2:40 p.m. for Senior Day ceremonies, honoring Khaalia Hillsman, Jasmine Lumpkin and Lulu McKinney.
The game is broadcast on SEC Network, with Eric Frede and Christy Thomaskutty on the call. Authenticated subscribers can also access the stream on WatchESPN and the ESPN app on their computers, mobile phones, tablets, smart TVs and other connected devices. Tom Turbiville and Tap Bentz bring listeners the call on The Zone 1150 AM / 102.7 FM.
The game includes implications for the Aggies’ SEC Tournament seeding, as Texas A&M could be seeded as high as fourth or as low as seventh in the event, which starts on Feb. 28. A win, combined with Alabama beating LSU, could propel the Aggies to the No. 4 seed and a double-bye into the Mar. 2 quarterfinals. A loss would send the Aggies into the No. 7 seed without help from other results around the conference.
The Aggies (21-8, 10-5 SEC) are coming off their biggest conference win since 2013, a 44-point victory over Arkansas on Feb. 22. All five starters reached double-figure points in that game, including seniors Jasmine Lumpkin (17) and Khaalia HIllsman (16), who look to continue that play into their final regular season home game at Reed Arena.
Missouri (23-5, 11-4 SEC) enters the game as winners of its last six games. Sophie Cunningham leads the Tigers with 18.6 points per game, followed by Jordan Frericks (12.3) and Cierra Porter (10.0).
SEC Tournament Scenarios
Texas A&M, having already clinched a bye through the First Round (Feb. 28) of the SEC Tournament, could snare a top four seed, and the coveted double-bye, in next week’s tournament at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
The Aggies can secure the No. 4 seed with a win, an Alabama win over LSU, and either a Georgia win over Florida or a South Carolina win over Tennessee. The No. 4 seed begins the SEC Tournament on Mar. 2 in the quarterfinals against the No. 5, No. 12 or No. 13 seed at approximately 2:15 p.m.
Should the Aggies win and not get the help they need, Texas A&M would end up as the No. 5 seed, and start its tournament run on Mar. 1 against No. 12 or No. 13 at approximately 2:15 p.m.
A loss sends the Aggies to either the No. 6 seed, who opens with the winner of the No. 11 vs. No. 14 game on Mar. 1 at 8:15 p.m., or the No. 7 seed, which opens with the No. 10 seed at 6 p.m. on Mar. 1.
Hillsman, Lumpkin & McKinney Prepare For Final Regular Season Home Game
This game marks the last regular season game for three Texas A&M senior players, and three Texas A&M senior managers.
“The transformation of all three kids, and what they’ve done here, I’m just so proud of them,” said Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair of his three seniors, who each took very different paths to A&M. Hillsman committed out of high school, Lumpkin transferred after a semester at Michigan State, and McKinney played one season at A&M after graduating from UTEP in three years.
“Playing in the SEC has been a great experience for me,” said McKinney, while reflecting on her season and thinking about what lies ahead for the team. “Going to the NCAA Tournament is something that I never got to do at UTEP, and I’m really looking forward to that.”
“It’s an amazing experience to go out there with my teammates and being able to play in front of the 12th Man,” said Lumpkin, as she prepares for her last regular season home game. “Having those fans support you every game is amazing.”
“Definitely all the people that I’ve come to be around,” said Hillsman when asked about what she will remember most about her time in Aggieland. “I just love the people I’ve been able to meet.”
“I’ve made some long-term friends and extended my basketball family,” said Hillsman. “My teammates and my former teammates, being able to know them and being able to say those are my teammates and that we still have friendships, that means a lot to me.”