STARKVILLE, MISS-No. 16 Texas A&M (15-5, 5-1) was
led by Senior Kristi Bellock with 18 points en route to a commanding 81-33
victory over Mississippi State (8-11, 0-6) at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville,
Miss. The Aggies held the Bulldogs to a season low 33 points in the game.
Bellock had a career night making nine of 10 shots from the
floor for a career high 18 points to go along with six rebounds and two steals.
Bellock started the game a perfect 8-for-8 from the floor. Joining Bellock in
double figures were senior Adrienne Pratcher with 15 points and junior Kelsey
Bone with 13 points on the night.
The Aggies raced out to a nine point lead in the first six
minutes of the game behind an efficient offense shooting 8-for-12 from the
floor, tallying an assist on seven of the first eight field goals made. Bellock
made her first five shots of the game to pace the Aggie offense early on,
scoring 10 points to lead all-scorers.
Mississippi State struggled from the floor to open the game,
but the Bulldogs were effective on the offensive glass collecting six offensive
rebounds in the first ten minutes of the game leading to eight second chance
points. The Aggies forced three early turnovers leading to seven A&M
The Aggies took a then game-high 13 point lead into the
under eight minute media timeout, leading 25-12 with 7:57 left in the opening
period. Texas A&M outscored Mississippi State in the paint 10-6 in the
The Aggies took a game-high 20 point lead into the locker
room at the half behind a season best 65.4% shooting from the floor. The
visitors were 17-for-26 from the floor at the break with 12 assists versus only
two assists from the Bulldogs. The Aggies scored 13 points off 11 Mississippi
State turnovers, but were outscored 8-2 in second chance points.
Bellock continued her hot shooting throughout the first half
making all six of her attempts for a game-high 12 points. Pratcher had seven
points after the opening frame with Bone adding six points of her own. Freshman
Courtney Walker put together an efficient opening 20 minutes with four points,
five rebounds and three assists in 16 minutes of play.
The Aggies used a 21-0 run over 6:39 of game play across
halftime to increase the lead to a then game-high 35 points. Six points in the
run came from back-to-back three point field goals from Pratcher, the second of
which set a new single-game career high for Pratcher in made three pointers of
The Aggies prevented the Bulldogs from making a field goal
in the second half until 11:37 remained in the game starting out 0-for-8 from
the floor to begin the second half. The Bulldogs finished the half shooting
4-18 from the floor for 22.2 percent in the second half.
Freshman Courtney Walker played well in 23 minutes on the
floor forcing several turnovers in addition to nine points, five rebounds and
four assists. Freshman Chelsea Jennings had impressive night off the bench with
six rebounds to tie for the team high. Freshman Rachel Mitchell contributed
four points, three rebounds and a block in only eight minutes of
For the game Texas A&M scored 32 points off of 23
Bulldog turnovers and prevented Mississippi State from scoring any points off
turnovers. The Aggies dished out 19 assists and ripped 17 steals.
Mississippi State was led by Martha Alwal with 12 points and
The Aggies return to Reed Arena on Sunday, Jan. 27 when they
play host to Missouri at 2:30 p.m. on ESPNU.