27 and 17 from Bone silence Ole Miss
No. 10 A&M tops Rebels at home, 82-53
Published: Friday, February 22, 2013
Updated: Friday, February 22, 2013 02:02
Well-guarded, Texas A&M freshman guard Courtney Walker dribbled the ball from one side of the court to another taking on all five payers to go up for two points just seconds before halftime. The basket proved indicative of the evening for A&M.
The Ole Miss Rebels proved to be no contest for the No. 10 Texas A&M women's basketball team as the Aggies got off to a 12-4 start Thursday night at Reed Arena and went on to an 82-53 win.
Even while triple-teaming junior All-American candidate Kelsey Bone, the Rebels still didn't have an answer. Bone scored 24 points and pulled in a career-high 17 rebounds despite being benched because of the early lead.
In Monday's game against Kentucky, freshman guard Peyton Little did less than impress as she went 1 for 5 from the field and failed to make any three pointers. But Little made up for it against the Rebels as she shot 100% from behind the arch.
Little said she adjusted her mentality going into this game.
“I just have to learn not to think when I’m shooting.” Little said. “I have to just let it fly and just let it come to me. I’ve hit some shots throughout the season so I feel like I’m a pretty good shooter and I just need to learn to play and let the game come to me.”
With contributions from everyone on the floor, the Aggies extended their lead to 22-6, with under 12 minutes left to play in the first half.
Most of the A&M starters were given a rest as A&M head coach Gary Blair watched the lead grow. Blair said there won’t be many more games that will allow him the privilege.
“We had about five more turnovers than I would have liked.” Blair said. “But when you play 13 players that’s what’s going to happen because you’re giving everybody a chance. There’s not going to be a whole lot of chances to play that many kids every night. I’d love to, but this isn’t little league.”
The Rebels, who are now 2-10 in conference play, showed a lack of communication and teamwork the first half with just two assists. Their lack of communication translated to the scoreboard as they went into halftime trailing 40-28.
Despite trailing, the Rebels came out on fire the second half and went on an 8-0 run to put them within 10 points of the Aggies — the closest they'd come the entire game.
The Aggies quickly put a stop to the Rebels and led by 20, 58-38, with less than 12 minutes to play in the game and the Rebels never came close to the Aggies again. A&M went on to win the game 82-53.
This game the Aggies focused more on passing the ball, and getting the ball in the paint. The Aggies ended up with a total of 22 assists which is the most they’ve had in five games.
Bone said Coach Blair told them to just go back to the basics.
“Coach Blair said ‘We’re going back to the bread and butter,” Bone said. “We’re getting the ball inside. That’s what won us the national championship so why stop doing it now?’”