Balanced scoring leads A&M women past Kansas
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kelsey Bone had 18 points to lead four Aggies in double figures, and No. 14 Texas A&M weathered Kansas' second-half rally before pulling away for a 76-65 victory Saturday night.
Adaora Elonu added 17 points, Sydney Carter had 13 and Tyra White 12 for the Aggies (13-4, 4-2 Big 12), who led by as many as 17 in the first half, had the lead trimmed to seven midway through the second, and then went on another scoring binge to reestablish the 17-point cushion.
The Jayhawks (15-3, 4-2), who'd been off to their best start since the 1993-94 season, didn't have enough time to mount yet another comeback.
Angel Goodrich scored a career-high 28 points, but she also contributed 11 of the Jayhawks' 23 turnovers. The Aggies came into the game forcing 21.3 turnovers per game, best in the Big 12.
Monica Engelman finished with 14 points for Kansas. Carolyn Davis had 10.
Texas A&M, the defending national champion, has won three straight overall and the last nine against Kansas. The Aggies' last loss to the Jayhawks was on Jan. 25, 2003, in College Station.
They looked as if they would put things away early Saturday night.
The 6-foot-4 Bone scored their first six points, using her big size advantage inside, before Elonu and White added jumpers to make it 10-2 just 4 1/2 minutes into the game.
The lead swelled to 31-15 with about 6 minutes to go when Bone scored again inside, and it was 35-18 — the biggest lead of the half — when Carter knocked down a jumper with 4:56 left.
It was still 43-28 at the break.
Kansas managed to claw its way back early in the second half, when Goodrich used her speed to get to the basket. She scored six of her team's first eight points, and the lead was trimmed to 51-41 when Aishah Sutherland made a foul shot with 12:28 left — her 1,000th career point.
The Jayhawks made it 53-46 on a 3-pointer by Goodrich, but that was as close as they got.
Bone answered with a basket inside at the other end, and the Aggies put together their game-deciding run over the next 4 minutes. White added a jumper, Carter a pair of free throws and Elonu another jumper. When White knocked down a 15-footer to make it 63-46 with 8:41 left, Texas A&M coach Gary Blair leaped up in front of the bench and pumped his fist.
The energetic Aggies coasted the rest of the way, allowing Blair to improve to 12-0 against the Jayhawks. He's 9-0 against them since taking over at Texas A&M in 2003.
Kansas fell to 2-6 against the Aggies at Allen Fieldhouse.