Colorado Falls to No. 17 Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Jackie McFarland had her 10th double-double of the season and Jasmina Ilic had 14 points but the No. 17 ranked Texas A&M University's defense was tough throughout the game as the Aggies claimed a 74-58 Big 12 Conference win over the Buffaloes Thursday night at Reed Arena.
Colorado falls to 8-8 overall and 2-2 in Big 12 action while the Aggies move to 13-3 overall, 3-1 in conference play.
McFarland had game highs with 15 points and 13 rebounds and hit 9-of-10 from the free-throw line despite a season low 3-of-9 from the floor for the nation's field-goal shooter. Ilic was 4-of-8 from 3-point range with one assist and one steal.
Texas A&M guard A'Quonesia Franklin was one of three Aggies with 13 points, and sparked a 20-8 run with nine points in the first nine minutes of the first half. La Toya Micheaux and Takia Starks also had 13 points for the Aggies.
Colorado had 13 turnovers in the first half and set a school-record low with just 14 field-goal attempts, but despite the low numbers, the Buffaloes were efficient in the attempts they had, making eight for 57 percent.
Freshman Candace Rucker tied a career high with seven points on 3-of-4 from the field in the first 20 minutes, helping the Buffaloes stay close. Her two layups, along with a Ilic 3-pointer led a CU charge that cut the A&M lead to 26-20 with 4:49 remaining.
Thursday's game was originally scheduled for Wednesday (Jan. 17), but icy conditions that have been prominent in the area all week led Texas A&M officials to postpone the game until tonight.
Colorado will return home to host No. 7/6 ranked University of Oklahoma on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. MST in the Coors Events/Conference Center. The game will be televised live by Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain.