Aggies Edged by No. 9 Penn State

COLLEGE STATION-- An 8-2 run over the game's final five minutes lifted No. 9 Penn State past No. 13 Texas A&M 63-58 Wednesday night at Reed Arena.

63 - 58
Reed Arena • College Station, Texas
Attendance: 4,756
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PSU   (2-0) 28 35 63
A&M   (0-2) 33 25 58
 Stats at a Glance
FG Percentage 38.5 34.4
3-Pt FG Percentage 30.0 33.3
FT Percentage 66.7 57.9
Rebounds 42 49
Turnovers 19 23
Points in the Paint 28 28
Points off Turnovers 16 20
Second Chance Points 19 16
Fast Break Points 16 6
Bench Points 10 24
PSU Leaders A&M
Bentley, 21 Pts Bone, 16
Nickson, 11 Reb Bone, 15
Bentley, 4 Ast Pratcher, 4
Taylor, 5 Stl Walker, 4
Nickson, 2 Blk Gilbert, 2

Alex Bentley scored 21 points and Maggie Lucas added 18 to help the Nittany Lions past the Aggies.

Trailing 56-51 with 6:24 left, Penn State (2-0) closed the game with a 12-2 spurt.

Junior center Kelsey Bone led the Aggies with 16 points and 15 rebounds, but had two turnovers in the final 58 seconds. Karla Gilbert added 10 points for Texas A&M (0-2), which lost its opener to Louisville.

The Aggies finished with 23 turnovers after having only nine at the half. Penn State had 14 turnovers at the break but finished with 19. The Aggies outrebounded the Lady Lions 49-42.















Post-Game Notes

Texas A&M Women's Basketball

Postgame Notes

Penn State 63, Texas A&M 58

Nov. 14, 2012 ● Reed Arena


● Texas A&M fell to 0-2 on the season while Penn State improved to 2-0.

● Wednesday's game was the second meeting of the two schools, with the win Penn State evened the series 1-1.


● The Aggies continued their dominance of the boards, outrebounding the Lady Lions 49-42.

● The maroon and white were active on the offensive boards grabbing 20 offensive rebounds, scoring 16 second chance points.

● Texas A&M was 22-64 for 34.4% shooting from the floor, making three of nine 3-pointers.

●The Aggies made eight steals on the night and outscored Penn State 20-16 on points off turnovers.

● A&M made it to the free-throw line 19 times on the night, but made only 11 for 57.9%.

● Penn State was in foul trouble with two players with three fouls at half and three players having four fouls at the final buzzer.


● Junior Kelsey Bone had another double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds. It was her 16th career double-double.

● Junior Karla Gilbert had a strong showing off the bench with 10 points and six rebounds in 17 minutes of action.

● Senior Kristi Bellock continued to fill up the stat sheet with six points, ten rebounds and two assists.

● Freshman Courtney Walker played a game-high 39 minutes contributing six points and five rebounds. Walker is averaging 37 minutes per game.

● A&M fell to 0-2 for the first time since the 1998-1999 season and the first time in the Gary Blair era.

● The loss snapped a 58 game home non-conference winning streak for the Aggies.


● Texas A&M led 33-28 after 20 minutes of play ... there were four lead changes and five ties in the opening half. A&M five point lead was their largest of the first half.

● A&M forced 14 turnovers in the first half and resulting in 13 points.

● Kelsey Bone led all scorers at the break with 10 points.


● The A&M advantage reached eight early in the second half, Penn State's largest lead was five near the end of the game twice under one minute to play.

● The Aggies outrebounded Penn State 25-19 in the second half. Penn State forced 14 Aggie turnovers in the second half.


● The Aggies host #2 UConn at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

● Penn State will return home for a game against Lafayette on Sunday.

Post-Game Quotes


Texas A&M Women's Basketball

Postgame Quotes

Penn State 63, Texas A&M 58

Nov. 14, 2012 ● Reed Arena

Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair

Opening statement:

"This was a carbon copy of the Louisville game. If I'm correct, the last field goal we made was with 6:42 left and that was by Bone. We hit one free throw the rest of the way. We had six turnovers down the stretch, similar to Louisville. I thought we played better in this ball game than we did in Louisville. I think Penn State is a better basketball team than Louisville. Their guards hurt us, but we made them earn just about everything. The difference between junior and senior guards is they want the ball down the stretch. They don't turn it over and make the right plays. They did a pretty good job in that regard. We have too many kids that don't know set offenses. We're having to scramble to improvise all over. Somewhere freshmen have to grow up. I thought physically they out-toughed us the last five minutes of the game. We just made some costly turnovers."

On changing the offense:

"We were trying to pound the ball inside. We felt like we could hurt them. We were doing it early and we were doing it in the second half. A lot of the time, our point guard couldn't get in position to run the ball effectively. It was hard for us to make the guard to post entry pass. We can't keep turning the ball over like that."

On the young players and the offense:

"I'm putting one in there for offense and one in there for defense. Think of the layups that we missed in this ball-game. Think of the offensive rebounds that we had in this game and we short-armed the put backs. Think of the baseline jumpers that we missed and they hit under pressure.  We had some great shots by Walker ad Scott out there and they didn't hit them.  Scott is a sophomore, but remember she didn't play at all last year.  She hasn't scored a basket in two games, but she will get it and come around."

On the opening schedule:

"We wouldn't be having this conversation if we played three different opening games, but would be we get better as a team and as a program? Are we learning by playing three of the best teams in the country? We were hoping for whatever we could get, we aren't at that level yet. We have a chance to get there and we will continue to work. I am not going to give up on anybody out there."

Texas A&M Forward Kelsey Bone

On what to take away from this game:

"They're a junior/senior team. They returned all five starters. We have six freshmen. This entire team is growing up right in front of everyone's eyes. We have seniors who haven't played yet so they're freshmen in a sense too. We can't let these games work against us. We have to learn from them. We have to get in the film room, on the practice floor, hold each other accountable so that in December we're that team that can finish down the stretch."



On the turnovers:

"All six of our freshmen are guards. Lexi is coming back and she's not 100%, no matter what she says. Teams are throwing different defenses at us. It's about adjusting and learning. The college game is so different from high school and it does take some time to make that adjustment. When you're trying to make that adjustment against No. 8, No. 9 and No. 2, there are going to be some challenges. It's going to get harder before it gets easier with UCONN coming in here on Sunday. We've got to get it together ourselves."

On Freshman Courtney Walker:

"I think she played 39 minutes and against Louisville she played 35.  We are asking her to guard every team's best player or best scorer and as a freshman that is not easy.  She is trying to fill the role that Sydney Carter played last year. Remember last year there were times that Sydney struggled on offense because we are trying to virtually shut down the other team's best player. Courtney is in the gym every day and she is adjusting her game a little bit.  She is working to save something in the tank to help us offensively."

On the difficult schedule:

"We started the Louisville game down early. In this game, we were right in it. We got their best players in foul trouble early. We need to learn now how to capitalize when their players get into foul trouble. We need to learn what tools to pull out of the toolbox to get a victory. Now we have to go look at what we're doing down the stretch so that in December that's not a problem."

Texas A&M Guard Lexi Standish

On what Penn State did defensively:

"Coach Blair likes to run a lot of plays. It can be tough on a freshman on knowing where to be at the right time. They're doing a good job, but like we keep emphasizing, they're just freshmen in a game where there's a lot of pressure on them. Penn State had good ball pressure there at the end. Things like that are just going to come with time and playing together."