A&M pounds Texas State; Williams hits 1,000 points

The Texas A&M women's basketball team kicked off 2004 with a bang, as senior guard Toccara Williams surpassed the 1,000-point career scoring mark, leading the Ags to a 92-48 victory over Texas State at Reed Arena Saturday night.

Williams scored 21 points in the game but managed to reach the 1,000-point goal in the first half. Head coach Gary Blair presented Williams with the game ball shortly thereafter. Williams' 1,020 total career points moves her into 13th place all-time in scoring at A&M. She is now the 17th Aggie to reach 1,000 points.

The Aggies (7-4) took advantage of their home court by scoring a season-high 45 points in the first half. In a game where all 12 available Aggies saw playing time, the struggling Bobcats (0-10) never stood a chance. With 3:34 left in the game, the Aggies' lead was a colossal 44 points.

Junior guard D'Nika Romero had a career-best 18 points in her first Aggie start. She notched 11 points in the first half behind three three-point baskets.

But Williams was the star of the night. In addition to her 21 points, she achieved her 13th career double-double. She needs just three more assists to reach 600. Her 10 assists moved her into third place in that category all-time in the Big 12. Williams needs 10 more rebounds to reach 500. Her performance against Texas State marked the 94th straight game in which she managed a steal, bringing her career total to 377.

Aleise Johnson led Texas State in scoring with 11 points, but the Bobcats shot a dismal 39 percent from the field and only hit 1-of-10 3-pointers.

Blair was satisfied with his team's showing: "We ran our stuff pretty good," he said. "I'm pleased with our effort. To have bench play like that, hopefully we can carry that over to the Oklahoma State game."

Next up, A&M heads into Big 12 Conference play at Oklahoma State on Wednesday at 7pm. The Cowgirls are 5-4 overall.

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