Huskies Fall To Aggies In Texas, 79-65
Dec. 4, 2005
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Takia Starks scored a career-high 25 points to lead Texas A&M over Washington, 79-65, Sunday in women's basketball at Reed Arena.
Starks, a freshman, made her first start as the point guard and helped the Aggies overcome a 13-point deficit in the first half as she scored 14 of her 25 points in the frame.
'I've been feeling comfortable for about two weeks,' Starks said. 'I've been settling in well, practicing good and it shows.'
A&M coach Gary Blair altered his lineup which allowed his team battled back to take a 13-point lead of their own midway through the second half. A&M outscored Washington, 43-17 over a 15-minute stretch. The Aggies' largest lead was 16 points in the second half.
Blair pulled his post players from the lineup early and went with a smaller lineup which proved successful.
'We had no intention of playing small ball for 32 minutes, but that's what got us back in the game,' Blair said. 'It was (Patrice) Reado playing the five. We were just quicker at the posts.'
Sophomore Patrice Reado came off the bench for the Aggies to score 11 points and a career-best nine rebounds.
'What a great comeback in the first half. I think a lot of that was effort and making some adjustments. The difference was we got the easy baskets off the secondary break, we got the easy baskets off a couple of steals, and we got the easy baskets by penetrating from the high post.'
After hitting the first three pointers they attempted to start the game, the Huskies put together an 11-2 run to take a 20-7 lead midway through the half.
The Aggies closed the gap to 28-24 with 5:34 to go as Starks drained a three pointer to cap a 17-8 run.
A&M sophomore Morenike Atunrase hit a short jumper from the right baseline to bring the Aggies within 31-28 with 4:16 to play in the half.
Atunrase finished by matching her career-best with 21 points.
Then, A&M tied the game at 34-34 with 2:32 remaining as Reado put back a missed free throw by Atunrase. Reado was fouled on the make and followed that with a free throw to tie the game.
A&M took its first lead seconds later as Starks hit another jumper to make the score 36-34.
The Aggies closed the half with an 11-3 run to take a 39-37 lead at the break.
'You win the game on defense and I think we won it on defense with the intensity that we had in the middle of the first half on,' Blair said.
The Aggies dominated in the second half as they outscored the Huskies 40-28. A&M shot 55 percent in the second half.
'We needed a statement game and this was a statement game right now,' Blair said. 'We had to find out who we are. I knew we were good. I just didn't know how good we could be on a consistent basis. Today I thought we put it together pretty well.'
The Aggies scored 29 points off of Washington's 20 turnovers.
After shooting above 52 percent from the field in the first half, the Huskies shot 32 percent in the second half.
A&M's Tamea Scales added eight points and seven rebounds while Danielle Gant scored nine points and dished out five assists.