Aggies women win at UT in a runaway

February 24, 2008 2:47:54 PM PST
Takia Starks scored 22 points and No. 21 Texas A&M pulled away early in the second half to earn a third straight win over rival Texas, 65-50 on Sunday. Daniel Gant and A'Quonesia Franklin each added 12 points for the Aggies (20-7, 8-5 Big 12), who have won seven of their last eight and guaranteed themselves no worse than an 8-8 finish in the league, an important mark for NCAA tournament consideration.

Brittainey Raven scored 13 points to lead Texas (16-11, 4-9), which continued its struggles under first year coach Gail Goestenkors. The Longhorns lost their sixth game in the last seven. Point guard Carla Cortijo had nine of Texas' 24 turnovers.

The Aggies seized control of the game with an 13-3 run to open the second half. Gant scored the first two baskets and Starks made three in a row as the Aggies turned a five-point halftime lead to a 42-27 advantage.

A&M opened the game with 18-4 run, hitting their first five 3-pointers. Texas recovered to pull within 29-24 by halftime before the Aggies delivered the knockout punch with the big run at the start of the second.

The run pushed the lead to 42-27 before Patrice Reado hit a tough layup in the lane over 6-foot-4 center Ashley Lindsey. Gant and Takia Starks hit consecutive shots to put the Aggies up 50-31.

Texas, meanwhile, kept committing turnovers with silly mistakes, dribbling off their feet and botching an inbounds play. The Longhorns had 21 turnovers with 10 minutes still left to play.

Texas made a desperate bid at a comeback from the free throw line. The Longhorns managed only two field goals over an 8-minute stretch, but made 12 of 17 free throws to cut the lead to 58-46.

The rally finally ended when Cortijo, fouled on a 3-pointer, missed two of three free throws and Gant converted an easy layup when she was left unguarded under the basket.

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