Ags roll to 69-47 NCAA win over Albany

Tyra White (left) returned from missing the last three games with a foot injury to lead defending national championm Texas A&M to a 69-47 NCAA first round win over Albany at Reed Arena in College Station on Saturday. It was a close game into the second half, when with the score tied at 32, the Aggies went on a 29-10 run to pull away from Albany.

Texas A&M hosted Albany on Saturday in the the first round of the womens NCAA basketball tournament.

The Aggies (23-10) were making their school-record seventh straight tournament appearance and Albany was in the tournament for the first time.

Albany took an early 6-5 win five minutes into the game. Two Kelsey Bone layups gave the Aggies a 6-point lead, 15-9, midway through the first half.

A 3-pointer by Albany's Ebone Henry with 1:45 left in the first half tied the game at 25. A two-point jumper and three-point jumper by Tyra White gave the Aggies a slim 30-26 halftime lead.

Two and a half minutes into the seocond half Albany tied the game at 32. In the next two minutes Texas A&M scored 9 straight points as part of a 29-10 run to pull away from Albany and cruised to a 69-47 win.

Senior guard Tyra White returned from missing the last three games with a foot injury to lead Texas A&M with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Senior forward Adaora Elonu added 13 points and 4 rebounds.

Albany was led by Ebone Henry with 14 points and 9 rebounds.

Texas A&M will now face new SEC foe Arkansas (24-8) on Monday. Arkansas defeated Dayton 72-55 in their first round game on Saturday afternoon in College Station.


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