BOSSIER CITY, La. – Danielle Adams' dominance on the inside and her accuracy from the perimeter was too much for Rutgers to handle.
Adams had 28 points and 11 rebounds Tuesday night, and Texas A&M stormed into the third round of the NCAA tournament with a 70-48 victory over Rutgers.
Sydney Carter added 14 points and Tyra White had 11 for the second-seeded Aggies (29-5), who were upset in last year's second round but this time have strung together victory margins of 20-plus points in each of their first two tournament games.
April Sykes scored 21 for seventh-seeded Rutgers (20-13) which stayed close for the first 15 minutes of the game before the Aggies began to take command. Erica Wheeler added 12 points for the Scarlet Knights, who were held to 35.8 percent shooting (19 of 53), while A&M shot 46.2 percent 24 of 52).
The Aggies move on to Dallas for their third-round game next weekend against Georgia, which advanced with a 61-59 victory over Florida State on Tuesday night.
Adams established her all-court game immediately, hitting a 3 less than 2 minutes into the game and using a strong baseline drive for a layup shortly after.
With Sykes scoring 14 in the first half for Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights were able to stay close and were down only 24-21 after Khadijah Rushdan's layup with 5:50 left before halftime.
Adams had 16 points in the opening 20 minutes, and Texas A&M began to pull away when she hit a turnaround jumper on the baseline and added her second 3, giving the Aggies a 32-24 lead going into the locker room.
The Aggies opened up their first double-digit lead when fast-break layups by White and Carter made it 36-24 early in the second half. Carter added a transition jumper and a pair of free throws during a 7-0 run that put the Aggies in command at 47-29.
Wheeler snapped that run with a 3, but Sydney Colson responded with a 3 of her own as the shot clock wound down. Adams followed that with a layup on a feed from Adrienne Pratcher, then Adams scored again on a putback to make it 54-32 with 9:23 left.
After that, Rutgers started pressing on defense and held A&M scoreless for several minutes, but the Aggies' defense was too good to allow the Scarlet Knights to do much more than briefly chip away before A&M started to pull away again late.