ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands- No. 12 Texas A&M was upset 69-58 by Texas in the Paradise Jam, as the Longhorns used a cold shooting night from the Aggies to manage its fourth win in the last 17 meetings with the Aggies.
The Aggies took more shots, made more free throws, and committed fewer turnovers than the Longhorns (4-2), but Texas shot 45.3% from the field compared to the Aggies season-low 31.7%, which accounted for the difference in the game.
"We struggled for the whole night in the little things it takes to win a basketball game," said Blair. "The effort was there, but the execution was not. When the execution is not there, you put it on the coach."
"We got to go back to the drawing board and play a team, Syracuse, who beat Texas last night," added Blair. "We've got to play well, and let the winning and losing take care of itself."
"We'll be alright; I've gotten my butt kicked before and it won't be the last time," said Blair. "It's about time that we got back to being an Aggie Basketball team."
Texas A&M took its first loss of the young season, and dropped only its third game in its last 30 against teams that are not in the AP Top 25 (Texas is receiving votes).
Courtney Walker led A&M with 15 points, good for her fourth straight double-digit scoring game. Courtney Williams was the other Aggie in double figures, scoring a season-high 11 points.
Karla Gilbert recorded two blocks to move up to 93 for her career, putting her in sole possession of sixth place on Texas A&M’s career blocks list. She added in a team-leading seven rebounds and eight points.
With the Aggies trailing 25-21 late in the first half, Texas pulled off an 8-0 run into the break that capped off with a Krystle Henderson 3-pointer as time expired in the first half and took a 33-21 lead into the break, the Aggies first halftime deficit this year.
Texas A&M (4-1) responded immediately after the break as the Aggies came out on a 5-0 run over the first 3:18 of the second half to draw the score to 33-26. However, Texas (4-2) responded with a 7-0 run of their own to take a 14-point lead, and led until the finish.
The Aggies conclude the Paradise Jam with Syracuse at 7:15 p.m. CT on November 30th. The Aggies return home to face San Diego State at Reed Arena on Dec. 3.