Aggie Women's Basketball Game #31
Texas A&M (21-9; 11-5 SEC) vs. South Carolina (23-6,
11-5 SEC) or Alabama (13-17, 2-14)
March 8, 2013 · 1:30 p.m. (CT)
Gwinnett Center (13,000)
TV: Fox Sports Net
Dave Neal, Play-by-Play
Nell Fortner, Commentary
RADIO: Texas A&M Radio Network
Mike Wright, Play-by-Play
Steve Miller, Commentary
Local: KZNE-AM 1150 (College Station/Bryan)
LIVE AUDIO/STATS: AggieAthletics.com
DULUTH, Georgia - No. 19 Texas A&M (21-9, 11-4) will tip off at 1:30 p.m. (CT) against
an undetermined opponent Friday March 8 at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.
The Aggies will face the winner of Thursday's match-up between fifth seeded
South Carolina (23-6, 11-5) and 13th-seeded Alabama (13-17, 2-14).
Alabama defeated Mississippi
State in the opening round of the SEC Tournament Wednesday evening. Alabama and
South Carolina will meet up on Thursday afternoon for the right to play A&M
in the quarterfinals. A&M faced each of the potential opponents this season
going 2-0 in the process.
The Aggies opened
conference play with a 80-57 win over Alabama at Reed Arena with a dominating interior
presence from junior Kelsey Bone and senior Kristi Bellock, each recorded a
double-double. Bone led the Aggies with 20 points and 14 rebounds, Bellock
added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Adrienne Pratcher pitched in 12 points
and six assists. The bench chipped in 32 points with 13 from freshman Peyton
Little and 12 from junior Karla Gilbert.
In possibly the most
exciting game for the Aggies this season, A&M topped South Carolina on a
last second jumper from Bone to defeat the Gamecocks 50-48 in Columbia. The
maligned superstar faced an abrasive crowd to lead the Aggies with yet another
double-double (13 points & 15 rebounds) and led the team with four assists.
Pratcher and freshman Courtney Walker added 10 points in the win. The Aggies
proved to be the defensive stalwart in the outing holding USC to just 28.%
shooting including 14.3% from the 3-point line. A&M also set a season high
with nine blocks on the night against the Gamecocks, Bellock and Gilbert led
the team with three blocks apiece.
A&M has played for the title in each of the previous
five Big 12 Tournaments, having won two title along the way. In each of the
past eight conference tournaments the Aggies have had the benefit of a bye
through the first round of the tournament, courtesy of their finish in the
regular season. The Aggies were 3-11 (.214) over the first 14 Big 12 tournament
games, but have flipped the script going 12-3 (.800) over the past five years
at the championship, the best winning percentage over the past five
tournaments. The Aggies finished with a 15-14 (.517) record in 16 Big 12
Although this will be A&M's first appearance at the SEC
Tournament, Blair is no stranger to the scene. Blair took Arkansas to the tournament
in his 10 seasons in Fayetteville, going 8-10 with at least one win in six
different seasons. Blair was 5-3 over his final three appearances at the SEC
In the past 15 conference tournaments the Aggies have been
the fourth seed three times (2008, 2009, 2010). The maroon and white have
enjoyed success from that spot going 8-1 as the fourth seed, winning the title
in 2008 and 2010 from that position. Of the 15 tournament wins the past 15 years
eight of them were from the four hole, the next most was three as a three seed.
In each of the three tournaments the Aggies were the fourth seed they advanced
to the championship game.
The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net with Dave Neal
on play-by-play and Nell Fortner providing commentary, fans are encouraged to
check their cable/satellite provider for availability in their area or check
the 'Aggies on TV' link on aggieathletics.com. The game can be seen on Fox
Sports Southwest in Texas.