Texas A&M falls to Baylor in front of record crowd

The largest crowd (5,565) ever to see a women's basketball game in College Station watched the Aggies self-destruct in the second half, losing to Baylor 57-60 Saturday in A&M's conference home opener at Reed Arena.

It was all Texas A&M (7-6, 0-2) in the first half with the Aggies completely controlling the tempo of the game. They led the Bears (13-2, 1-1) by 16 at the break. The Aggies' smothering defense prevented Baylor from getting into any kind of offensive flow.

But as dominating as A&M was un the first half, the second half told a completely different story. Baylor turned up the heat and managed to lead by 7 points at one point. A&M went stone cold offensively, shooting a dismal 34.4% in the game and turning over the ball 16 times.

Toccara Williams led the Aggies with 15 points. Janae Derrick and Mindy Garrison both had 11 points. Williams, the conference's leader in steals grabbed 4 in the game. Lynn Classen contributed on defense with 4 blocks.

Baylor's Steffanie Blackmon and Ebony Jackson each had 16 points for the Bears.

In the long run, the events off the court may have been bigger than the game. In a continuous effort to promote Aggie basketball, Head coach Gary Blair held an Open House Party at Reed Arena to mark his first ever Big 12 home game at A&M. Before the game, Blair went door-to-door in the community, handing out tickets and inviting the Bryan/College Station community to the game. Fans received free admission, free parking, 50-cent sausage dogs, and 50-cent soft drinks.

The Aggies host Kansas (7-5, 0-1) next Saturday at 3pm in Reed Arena.

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