Game 30 • Sunday, March 2, 2014 • 12 p.m. CT/1 p.m. ET • SEC Game
No. 17 AP / No. 16 Coaches’ Texas A&M Aggies (22-7, 12-3 SEC) at
Florida Gators (18-10, 8-7 SEC)
Gainesville, Fla. • O’Connell Center (11,548)
Television: CSS/CST/CSN Houston (Matt Stewart, Joe Ciampi)
Radio: Texas A&M Sports Network (Mike Wright, Steve Miller)
No. 17 Texas A&M can put the finishing touches on a banner regular season at Florida, as the Aggies close out the SEC season at 12 p.m. CT/1 p.m. ET.
Texas A&M needs just one more win to match its best conference record in program history, the 13-3 mark set by the 2006-07 Big 12 Championship Squad and the 2010-11 National Title team. The Aggies are also looking to complete a 7-1 conference season on the road for the first time in school history, and guarantee their ninth season of single-digit losses with a win at Florida.
Two Aggies are continue record chases in this game, as Karla Gilbert needs just four more blocks to tie the Texas A&M single season blocks record of 58 set by Morenike Atrunase in 2005-06. Jordan Jones, who posted Texas A&M’s third triple double in history on Thursday night, is closing in on one of A&M’s more hallowed marks, Lisa Branch’s 231 single-season assists in 1995-96. Jones has 191 assists on the season, which is seventh on A&M’s all-time list, could move all the way up to fourth with 10 more assists.
The game is broadcast by CSS, with Matt Stewart and former Auburn head coach Joe Ciampi on the call. The game is also simulcast on CST (119 Suddenlink College Station) and CSN Houston (639 Comcast Houston). Fans can also tune on their computers via ESPN3 or watch on their mobile device or tablet with the WatchESPN app.
The Gators enter this game at 18-10 and are looking for a resume-boosting win for their potential NCAA Tournament chances. Florida is 8-7 in SEC play, having dropped three straight games before winning their last contest at Vanderbilt. Jaterra Bonds, playing in her last home game at the O’Connell Center, leads the squad with 15.7 points per game.
After this game, the Aggies will next play in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament on Friday, March 7 in Duluth, Georgia. The Aggies are guaranteed a spot in that round, and will be either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the tournament. Opponent and game time are TBD.
Reed Arena again opens its doors on March 23 for the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, with Texas A&M serving as host. The Aggies will play at Reed Arena to start the tournament, if qualified.