Ags make Sweet 16 with win over Arkansas

Adaora Elonu tied a career high with 23 points, and Sydney Carter hit the go-ahead free throws with 23 seconds left to lift Texas A&M to a 61-59 win in the second round of the NCAA womens basketball tournament.

Adaora Elonu tied a career high with 23 points, and Sydney Carter hit the go-ahead free throws with 23 seconds left to lift Texas A&M to a 61-59 win in the second round of the NCAA womens basketball tournament.

The victory put the third-seeded Aggies (24-10) in the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in five years. Defending national champion Texas A&M will play No. 2 seed Maryland in the semifinals of the Raleigh Regional.

The Aggies led by nine early in the first half before Arkansas used an 11-2 run to take a 17-15 lead about seven minutes before halftime. Texas A&M came back to open up a 27-20 lead at the break.

Texas A&M opened the second half with a 9-2 run, led by six points from Elonu, to extend its lead to 36-22 with 17 minutes left.

Arkansas scored five straight points after that to cut the lead to 36-27.

The Aggies led for most of the second half, but Arkansas used a 16-6 run to get within 55-53 with 3:27 left in the game. C'eira Ricketts powered the spurt with eight points and Lyndsay Harris started and ended the run with 3-pointers.

A pair of free throws by Ashley Daniels with 2:20 remaining cut A&M's lead to 58-57.

A jumper by Harris as the shot clock expired gave the Razorbacks their first lead of the second half, 59-58.

Both teams missed layups on their next possession before Sydney Carter sunk a pair of pressure free throws to give the Aggies a 60-59 lead.

The sixth-seeded Razorbacks (24-9) had another chance after Carter's free throws, but Quistelle Williams missed a short jumper. Tyra White was fouled on the rebound and made one of two free throws for the final margin.

Adaora Elonu with 23 points was the only Aggies player to score in double figures. Kelsey Bone had eight points on 3-of-12 shooting, but led the team with 10 rebounds.Tyra White, who led A&M with 18 points in a 69-47 win over Albany on Saturday, had just 3 points and 8 turnovers in this game.

Arkansas was led by Quistelle Williams, who came off the bench to score 14 points. Lyndsay Harris finished with 13 points, and C'eira Ricketts and Sarah Watkins had 10 apiece.

Texas A&M coach Gary Blair got the best of former assistant and current Arkansas coach Tom Collen in Blair's first meeting with the Razorbacks since he left Arkansas A&M in 2003. Collen worked for Blair from 1993-97.

This was the first meeting between these teams since 1991 and a preview of next season, when Texas A&M leaves the Big 12 to join Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference. Entering the game, the Aggies had just two wins in 22 meetings with the Razorbacks, with both of them coming in 1988.


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