Bone has 16 to lead Texas A&M over UALR 84-54Friday, Nov 18, 2011
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP)—It didn’t take Texas A&M coach Gary Blair to see there was a mistake in his scouting report.
“Our scouting report said nothing about No. 24 (Arkansas-Little Rock freshman guard Taylor Gault) and how well she could shoot,” said Blair, whose defending national champion and No. 6-ranked Aggies defeated UALR 83-54 Thursday night. “She came out and was hitting shots everywhere. She can play. Our report said nothing about her. I was getting hacked off because we had not recruited her.”
Gault scored 23 to lead the Trojans, but also had 10 turnovers.
“She is going to be a great player and will be very good in the Sun Belt Conference,” Blair said.
But the Trojans had little besides Gault, while the Aggies had way too much balance and size. Kelsey Bone had 16 points and eight rebounds, and Sydney Carter and Adaora Elonu scored 15 points each for the Aggies (3-0). Skylar Collins added 14 points and Tyra White had 12.
Janette Merriex scored 13 points for the Trojans (1-2), and Marian Kursh added nine.
“I am disappointed that we lost,” said UALR coach Joe Foley. “But I think this is a game that we can learn some things from. The kids saw at times they can compete.
“We started the game and his some outside shots, and if we had not missed so many layups, it would have helped us. They would have had to respect us inside.”
Texas A&M got off to a slow start, allowing UALR to hit four of its first five shots, including three 3-pointers, and jump to an 11-8 lead. But the Trojans made one field goal over the next 6:51 and the Aggies took control.
Gault’s lay-up gave UALR a 13-12 lead with 14:06 left in the half. Carter scored eight as the Aggies put together a 13-0 run to take control of the game. The Aggies led 45-23 at halftime.
The Trojans got as close as 17 in the second half, but A&M scored five straight to reject that threat.
UALR had 24 turnovers, and the Aggies outscored the Trojans 31-8 off turnovers and 24-7 on second-chance points.
The Aggies hit just two 3-pointers but were 19 of 23 from the free-throw line. UALR was 11 of 16 from the line and 5 of 10 on 3-pointers.