Texas A&M dominated points by turnover (26-5) and second chance points (24-4) as they improved to 2-0 in the season. The Aggies’ defense recorded 11 steals as Army (1-2) was on the wrong side of the turnover column, 23-13. The Maroon & White ruled the glass and possessed a 53-32 advantage in rebounds, including 28-8 on the offensive end.
freshman forward Jania Barker scored in double digits for the first time in her career with a game-high 17 points in 8-of-18 shooting from the field. She added seven rebounds along with two steals. junior guard Sahara Jones recorded the first double-double of her career with 11 points and 11 rebounds. retirement home Sydney Roby scored 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench while a fifth-year senior as a forward Aaliyah Patty scored eight points and nine rebounds.
Texas A&M scored the first five points of the game, but tepid shooting prevented the Aggies from extending the lead past seven points in the first quarter. The Maroon & White played a smothering five-steal defense to keep the Black Knights and sophomore guard at bay Tineya Hylton sank a 3-pointer with 47 seconds remaining to give A&M a 15-8 advantage late in the opening period.
The Maroon & White hit the boards in the second quarter to extend the points lead to 35-16. The Aggies held a 16-5 lead in rebounds during that period, including five from Jones. Barker finished the first half with 12 points and five rebounds.
The Aggies kept their turnovers low in the first half with three and A&M held a 14-0 lead in turnovers at the break.
Texas A&M shot 58.8% (10 of 17) off the field in the third quarter to shatter any hopes of an Army comeback. Fueled by Roby’s six points and four rebounds, the Aggies beat the Black Knights 25-16 and went into the home stretch with a 60-32 advantage.
Texas A&M travels to Duke on November 17 at 6:00 p.m. for the first road test of the season.
RECORDS & SERIES NOTES
- Texas A&M advances to 2-0 in the 2022-23 regular season.
- The Aggies are now 1-0 all time against the Black Knights.
- Texas A&M favored 26-5 points with no turnover and dominated their opponent for the second straight game by at least 20 points in the category.
- The Maroon & White overtook the Black Knights 53-32 and led 28-8 in offensive rebounds.
- The Aggies passed their opponent by 20+ for the first time since accomplishing the feat against Southern on November 11, 2021.
- A&M led 24-4 in second chance points and dominated 18-2 in the first half alone.
- The Maroon & White registered 11 steals and controlled turnovers, 23-13.
- The Aggies held Army to 49 points, the second time this season they stopped their opponent from scoring 50 points or more.
- The Aggies kept the Black Knights in single digits in the first and second quarters, marking the first time since Nov. 11, 2021, that A&M has held its opponent under 10 in consecutive quarters against Southern.
- Texas A&M used a starting lineup of Sydney Bowles, Jania Barker, McKinzie Green, Sahara Jones and Aaliyah Patty for the second time this season (2-0).
- Sahara Jones registered the first double-double of her career, scoring 11 points and grabbing a career-high 11 rebounds, beating her previous best-of-8 against UTSA last season on December 20, 2021.
- Sydney Roby posted season highs in points (10) and rebounds (9) and led the bench performance.
- Tineya Hylton came off the pine and dished out five assists for the second game in a row.
- Jania Barker led the Aggies as top scorer and posted a career-high 17 points.
- Joni Taylor improves her career record to 142-75 all-time and to 2-0 in her debut season with the Aggies.
Post game quotes
head coach Joni Taylor
For today’s performance…
“If we had made free throws and layups, the first quarter would have looked different. I think it was 15-8 after the first quarter and it should have been 24-8. We have to make free throws. These ‘These are points we leave it on the table and they are practical. I think we remain aggressive. We keep pushing the pace and we keep wearing them down. Army are a really good team but we have more depth.” We tried to see if we could wear them down so we tried to keep our pace up as the game progressed.”
What the defense looked like…
“We did pretty well. Now in the third and fourth quarters I wasn’t very happy. We gave up in those two quarters 16 and 17 respectively after giving up only eight in the first and second. Credit to the Army, they did keep tucking it away and pushing the pace while the offensive glass is shattered but overall I’m very happy with what we’re doing, we’re starting to understand how our defense can create attacks for us and also create extra possession as we keep going around learning that and getting better at it, I expect it to keep growing.”
freshman forward Jania Barker
On the team’s improvement from Thursday’s game…
“I am very proud of how we listened today. Coach Taylor continued to support and encourage us in the scrum. We carried out and did what we were told and when we listened it looked right. Our team is finally starting to function, and as we keep playing games we’ll keep looking better and better.”
About her bounce back performance…
“I struggled a bit in the last game but it felt good to go out there and do what I had to do. My teammates and coaches keep putting the ball in my hands and believing I’ll take the next shot. I really want to thank them for that.”
Junior Forward Sahara Jones
About team chemistry…
“We believe in our games and we trust our teammates to have our back and get the job done. We see improvements in ourselves during training, so we want to duplicate that in game. Things are looking good for us at the moment as we continue to piece this improvement together.”
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