Tulane Women Fall To Texas A&M, 79-64

Junior guard D'Aundra Henry had a season-high 22 points, but it was not enough to overcome eight Aggie 3-pointers as the Tulane University women's basketball team dropped a 79-64 contest to Texas A&M Friday evening at the CenturyTel Bobcat Classic, hosted by Texas State

SAN MARCOS, Texas – Junior guard D'Aundra Henry had a season-high 22 points, but it was not enough to overcome eight Aggie 3-pointers as the Tulane University women's basketball team dropped a 79-64 contest to Texas A&M Friday evening at the CenturyTel Bobcat Classic, hosted by Texas State.

Tulane trailed by as many as 21 in the first half, but used a 14-0 run from the end of the first half to the start of the second to cut it to six at 39-33 with 18:21 left to play. That would be as close as the Green Wave would get, however, as Texas A&M answered with a 13-3 run over the next three-plus minutes to cruise to the victory. With the loss, Tulane falls to 2-2 on the year. Texas A&M, meanwhile, improves to 2-1.

"We closed out the first half and started the second half really strong, and then we just started trading baskets with them late," head coach Lisa Stockton said. You simply can't do that when you're 12 or so points down.

"(During the run) we took care of the ball, relaxed and executed our offense. We didn't do anything special, and we worked the fast break a little. With our youth and lack of experience, we have to play real simple basketball. We can't make up the deficit in one play."

Tulane had a good day shooting the ball, connecting on 47.5 percent of its shots from the field (19-of-40) and 78.6 percent of its shots from the free-throw line (22-of-28). The Aggies meanwhile, connected at a 50.0 percent clip from the field and out-rebounded the Green Wave 34-26, including 18 off the offensive glass that turned into 16 second-change points. Texas A&M also had their way in the lane, outscoring the Tulane in the paint 36-20.

"One of the keys to the game was their offensive rebounding and our turnovers," Stockton said. "We shot the ball well from the field and from the free throw line. We just have to quit turning it over.

Henry was good on 8-of-13 shots from the field, including a 3-pointer, and hit 5-of-6 from the charity stripe to lead all players in scoring. In addition, she also dished out four assists, tallied three steals and had a pair of rebounds. Freshman Courtney Simmons joined Henry in the double-digit scoring club with a season-best 10 points. Rookie forward Dominique Philpots paced the Green Wave with four boards.

"I though D'Aundra had a great basketball game," Stockton said. "She did some great things. Now, we need someone else to step up and help her out."

The Green Wave sank two of their first three shots, but found themselves on the wrong side of a 12-4 score less than seven minutes into the contest. Following a basket by Henry, the Aggies jumped ahead to a 13-point lead at 19-6 and 21-8, but Tulane would trim the advantage to seven thanks to a pair of baskets by Lennix and two free throws by Henry to make it a 23-16 ballgame with 7:16 left to play in the first half.

The momentum would soon swing back to Texas A&M, though, as the Aggies banged back-to-back 3-pointers to spark 14-0 run and take a commanding 37-16 advantage less than three minutes later. The Green Wave did not go away, and ended the half with a 9-0 run, including a 3-pointer from freshman Nikki Luckhurst, to cut the lead to 39-28.

Tulane continued its run at the start of the second half with a trey by sophomore Jami Montagnino and a jumper by Henry to make it a six-point game, but the Aggies would once again answer with a 19-5 run to take a 58-38 lead at the 11:53 mark, and the lead would hover around 20 until late in the game.

Charlette Castile led Texas A&M with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, and Tamea Scales was next with 10. Scales also led the Aggies with eight rebounds.

The Green Wave return to action on Saturday when the take on host Texas State in the finale of the Bobcat Classic at 6 p.m. Basketball fans can catch all the action live on the radio on the flagship station of Green Wave women's basketball, WRBH, 88.3 FM. Tim Grubbs will be calling the action for both games, and the pregame show begins approximately 15 minutes before tipoff.


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