Aggies open Big 12 play with win over Colorado
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Danielle Adams had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Tyra White scored 16 as No. 7 Texas A&M rolled to an 85-57 win over Colorado to start Big 12 Conference play Saturday night.
Texas A&M won its seventh straight overall and eighth in a row against Colorado (9-5, 0-1).
Texas A&M (13-1, 1-0) built a big first-half lead despite a slow start by Adams and was up by 28 at halftime. The Buffaloes used a 14-6 run to start the second half and pull to 51-31, but the Aggies answered with a 14-7 spurt to stretch their advantage to 65-38 with about 10 minutes left.
Brittany Spears scored 21 points to lead Colorado.
The victory is A&M's 10th this season by at least 25 points and the 11th time the team has scored at least 70.
Skylar Collins added a career-high 11 points in just 10 minutes for the Aggies and Sydney Colson had nine points and seven assists.
The Aggies scored 21 points off Colorado's 17 first-half turnovers and led 45-17 at halftime. The Buffaloes had 10 turnovers the rest of the way, playing much cleaner in the second half and matching Texas A&M's second-half scoring with 40 points, but couldn't overcome the first-half deficit.
Texas A&M was up by one point early in the first half before using a 10-0 spurt fueled by four points each by White and Adaora Elonu to make it 16-5 with about 13 minutes left in the period.
The Aggies extended their lead to 23-8 midway through the half despite Adams, who entered the game leading the Big 12 in scoring with 22.6 points a game, being held scoreless. Adams finally got on the board with a pair of free throws shortly thereafter.
Texas A&M led 27-12 with about 7 minutes remaining in the first half before using a 12-0 run to extend the lead to 39-12 about 3 minutes later. Adams' only field goal of the first half came in that span and she also hit a pair of free throws to finish the first half with six points.
Brittany Wilson had 12 points for Colorado and Meagan Malcolm-Peck and Chucky Jeffery scored 10 apiece.
The Aggies dominated in the paint, outscoring Colorado 42-20 inside.