Texas A&M wins sev­enth straight

Austin American-Statesman - - BASKETBALL -

Kelsey Bone scored 22 points, mak­ing 11 of 13 shots, to lift No. 22 Texas A&M to an 83-60 vic­tory over Kansas State on Wed­nes­day in Las Ve­gas. The game was part of the three-day World Vi­sion Clas­sic at UNLV.

Court­ney Walker added 16 points, nine re­bounds, and five steals for the Ag­gies (7-3), who have won their last seven games af­ter open­ing with losses to three top-10 teams — Louisville, Con­necti­cut and Penn State.

Texas A&M led by eight at the half and pulled away be­hind Walker, who had 12 of her points af­ter the break.

Ha­ley Tex­ada scored 19 points and Brittany Cham­bers added 15 to lead Kansas State (7-2).

Cham­bers only played 28 min­utes af­ter sprain­ing her right an­kle in the Wild­cats’ loss to TCU on Sun­day. She didn’t start, snap­ping a streak of 101 straight games she had started, but quickly en­tered the game.

No. 1 Stan­ford 53, No. 21 South Carolina 49: Chiney Og­wu­mike had 21 points and 15 re­bounds, Mikaela Ruef had a tiebreak­ing bas­ket with 53 sec­onds left and the Car­di­nal (10-0) held on to beat the host Game­cocks (10-1).

The Car­di­nal came cross-coun­try to face the ris­ing Game­cocks and found them­selves in a tough matchup. The game was tied at 45all with 1:14 to go af­ter Aleighsa Welch’s foul shot. That’s when Ruef drove left and put up a shot that barely caught the rim and fell in for the lead.

South Carolina had a chance to tie on its next pos­ses­sion, but Iea­sia Walker made just one of two foul shots. Walker’s 3-pointer with 3 sec­onds left drew the Game­cocks within 51-49 but that was as close as things got.

Tami Ko­ke­nis had 15 points for Stan­ford, in­clud­ing six foul shots in the fi­nal minute to keep con­trol.

No. 2 Con­necti­cut 97, Oak­land 20: Bria Hart­ley and Bre­anna Ste­wart each scored 21 points and Bri­anna Banks had 18 to lead the host Huskies (9-0) over the Golden Griz­zlies (5-6).

No. 5 Notre Dame 100, Alabama A&M 39: Kayla McBride scored 16 points to lead four team­mates in dou­ble fig­ures as the Ir­ish (7-1) over the Lady Bulldogs (1-6) in the first round of the World Vi­sion Clas­sic in Las Ve­gas.

No. 6 Ge­or­gia 72, TCU 59: Erika Ford scored 10 points in a span of just over 6½ min­utes mid­way through the first half and the Lady Bulldogs rolled over (12-0) the host Horned Frogs (5-4).

Natalie Ven­tress had 19 points for Big 12 new­comer TCU, which had won five con­sec­u­tive home games.

No. 17 North Carolina 76, East Carolina 67: Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 24 points and the Tar Heels (11-1) pulled away in the sec­ond half to beat the Pi­rates (8-3) in the Beach Ball Clas­sic in Myr­tle Beach, S.C.

No. 23 Florida State 94, Mercer 42: Natasha Howard led five play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures with 17 points and 12 re­bounds as the Semi­noles (9-1) rolled over the vis­it­ing Bears (7-3).

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