No. 21 Texas A&M hosts No. 23 South Carolina 8 p.m. Thursday In SEC opener

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- No. 21 Texas A&M, riding a seven-game winning streak, opens up SEC play by hosting No. 23 South Carolina in a matchup of ranked women’s basketball teams Thursday, January 3 at Reed Arena, with tip set for 8 p.m. Tickets start at $3 for youth and $5 for adults with the ongoing Holiday Hoops promotion.

The game is broadcast on SEC Network with Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck and Steffi Sorensen on the call. The game is also available for SEC Network subscribers through 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 The Zone 1150 AM / 102.7 FM and online at 12thMan.com.

The Aggies (11-2) are on their longest winning streak since the 2014-15 season, having posted a perfect 7-0 record in the month of December. The Aggies won 84-61 over UTRGV in their last non-conference game, as Kayla Wells posted her third 20+ point game in a four-game span, while Ciera Johnson had a 17-point, 17-rebound performance. Chennedy Carter leads the Aggies, and the entire SEC, with 21.0 points per game.

South Carolina (8-4) has won four straight games after a 4-4 start to the season. Te’a Cooper leads the Gamecocks with 12.3 points per game, joined in double figures by Tyasha Harris (10.8) and Alexis Jennings (10.3).

Last season, South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson, who would go on to be the No. 1 pick in the WNBA Draft, hit a game-winning shot with one second left to give the Gamecocks a 61-59 win over A&M in a wild finish. The teams have met eight times, all since Texas A&M joined the SEC for the 2012-13 season, and four of the eight matchups have been determined by 1 or 2 points. South Carolina leads the series, five games to three.

After this game, Texas A&M embarks on a stretch that features four of the next five games on the road, starting Sunday, January 6 at LSU.