COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Danielle Adams had a career-high 34 points and 12 rebounds as No. 6 Texas A&M rallied for its 10th straight win, an 80-65 victory over rival Texas on Wednesday night.
The Aggies (16-1, 4-0 Big 12) trailed at halftime for just the second time this season and were behind by nine points with about 15 minutes remaining.
Adams gave the Aggies their first lead of the second half with a 3-pointer with about 11 minutes left that made it 48-45. That shot capped a 14-2 run for Texas A&M in a 4-minute stretch that was aided by six turnovers by Texas.
Texas A&M had built its lead to seven before the Longhorns got within four with 6 minutes to go. The Aggies scored seven straight points to push the lead to 72-61 about 3 minutes later.
Freshman Chassidy Fussell scored a season-high 26 points for the Longhorns (11-7, 0-4).
Adams scored in double digits for the 26th straight game to help Texas A&M to its ninth straight win over Texas. The Aggies outscored the Longhorns 40-10 in the paint thanks to the Adams' performance.
It was a rare close game for the Aggies, who have won each of their last nine games and 12 games overall this season by at least 25 points.
Fussell, who entered the game averaging a team-leading 16.6 points, had 17 by halftime. She cooled off a bit after halftime and her first points of the second half didn't come until a pair of free throws with just under 13 minutes remaining.
The Aggies had a five point lead before Texas coach Gail Goestenkors received a technical foul for arguing a call and Adams hit both free throws to make it 61-54 with about 8 minutes to go.
Texas was up by nine before the Aggies got a spark off the bench from Maryann Baker. Baker scored, forced a turnover and had the assist on a three point play by Tyra White to start a 9-0 run that tied it at 43-all with about 13 minutes remaining.
Baker finished with 14 points and White added 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Longhorns led by four at halftime and a 3-pointer by Kathleen Nash early in the second half capped a 6-0 run that pushed their advantage to 39-31.
Nash finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Texas A&M led by one point with about 5 minutes left in the first half before Texas used a 10-5 scoring spurt, led by five points from Chelsea Bass, to take a 33-29 halftime lead. The other time they were behind at halftime this season was in their only loss of the season — a 61-58 at No. 3 Duke.