COLLEGE STATION, Texas. (11/23/18) – The Arkansas State women’s basketball team fell to No. 20 Texas A&M 97-56 at Reed Arena Friday afternoon.
The Aggies took control of the game from the start and went on a 10-0 run to build a double-digit advantage just minutes into the game, but Kayla Williams provided a spark off the bench as she hit a pair of 3-pointers in the period to draw A-State within 21-16.
Williams scored 11 of her team-high 16 points in the opening quarter as the Red Wolves (1-4) trailed by nine after the opening 10 minutes of play.
“They are a really good team and it obviously shows with their ranking, which I think will only improve as the season goes on,” A-State head coach Brian Boyer said. “We did a lot of things wrong tonight, but a lot of credit goes to them. They have a good mix of an inside and out game and you can spend time talking about the quickness of their guards but their big kids are good too and can really cause some problems.”
The Aggies (4-1) turned up the offensive pressure in the second quarter and used a 9-0 run to go up 35-19. The deficit grew to 27 with minutes to go in the half, before Williams knocked down a 3-pointer to send A-State into the break, down 53-29.
Texas A&M shot a blistering 64.7 percent from the field in the opening half. The Red Wolves were proficient at the free throw line in the half and hit 10-of-15 attempts at the free throw line. The Aggies turned up its presence on the glass in the second half and finished the afternoon with 46 rebounds compared to Arkansas State 23.
Chennedy Carter led five Texas A&M players in double-digits with 23 points, while N’Dea Jones recorded a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The Red Wolves return to action, Tuesday, Nov. 27 when they will host Murray State at First National Bank Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.