Aggies Rebound from the Loss of Williams, Allen
Rumors spread around social media seconds before Texas A&M and Missouri State tipped off that Courtney Williams and Shlonte Allen had been suspended indefinitely. Allen averaged just 2.2 points per game, but Williams is A&M’s 2nd leading scorer with 12.5 points per game, she’s also good for 4.8 rebounds per contest.
In Williams’ absence, Chelsea Jennings netted 15 points and Anriel Howard added 9 points and 27 rebounds for the Aggies. As a team, Texas A&M snagged 55 rebounds and shot 46 percent from the field.
Missouri State was led in scoring by Tyonna Snow and Kenzie Williams with 22 and 18, respectively. They shot just 34 percent from the floor and hauled in 35 rebounds.
The Aggies led by just two points heading into half but outscored the Lady Bears 29-14 in the third quarter to push things open. Texas A&M defeated Missouri State by a final score of 74-65, they advance to play Florida State on Monday.
Wildcats Pounce the Bulldogs
The Kentucky Wildcats were in complete control from the very tip in their matchup vs the UNC Asheville Bulldogs. Kentucky led 24-11 after the first quarter and only gave up 20 points the remainder of the game. UNC Asheville shot just 21 percent from the field compared to Kentucky’s 50 percent, and the Wildcats snagged 50 rebounds compared to the Bulldogs 31. Kentucky would go on to win 85-31.
Makayla Epps led the Wildcats with 24 and Thompson added 13. Freshman Maci Morris was 3 for 3 from the three-point line and finished the game with 9 points. Evelyn Akhator and Batouly Camara combined for 15 points and 18 rebounds on the day. UNC Asheville was led in scoring by Knuckles with 8 points; she was followed by major with 7.
Kentucky will play Oklahoma on Monday with a berth in the Sweet 16 on line.
Missouri Hangs Tough in Battle with the Cougars
Missouri hit just 5 of 15 three pointers vs BYU in their first round matchup. The Tigers defeated the Cougars 78-69 but never really pulled away from BYU. Missouri had four players in double digit scoring, Jordan Frericks had 19, Sophie Cunningham had 20, Morgan Stock had 14, and Juanita Robinson contributed 11. As a team the Tigers shot 57 percent from the floor and hit 23 of 28 free throws.
Lexi Eaton Rydalch led BYU in scoring with 22, Kalani Purcell netted 19, and Makenzi Morrison Pulsipher added 13. The Cougars shot 47 percent from the floor and made 15 of their 18 free throw attempts. The Cougars came in as the 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament but couldn’t keep the Tigers off the boards.
Missouri advances to play host Texas on Monday. The Tigers were one of the last four teams selected to be in the NCAA Tournament.
Georgia Falls to Indiana
There were questions surrounding the Bulldogs as they entered the tournament, as they lost senior star guard Shacobia Barbee to injury towards the end of the regular season. Their first round matchup was against 20-11 Indiana.
Looking at the statistics, it appears the game was even throughout, but Indiana was 16 from 26 from the free throw line, compared to just 1 of 5 for Georgia.
The Hoosiers were led in scoring by Tyra Buss with 23, while Amanda Cahill added 14 and Karlee McBride, 10. Buss also nabbed a team high 7 rebounds. The Bulldogs got 18 from Tiaria Griffin, who was just 4 of 13 from behind the arc, and 14 off the bench from freshman Caliya Robinson.
Indiana will play top seed Notre Dame Monday. Georgia is just one of two SEC teams to fall in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.