A&M trounces Auburn, 71-54
Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014
Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014 23:01
Behind senior center Karla Gilbert’s 16 points and eight rebounds, No. 17 Texas A&M (17-5, 7-1 SEC) defeated Auburn (11-10, 2-6 SEC) 71-54 on Thursday in Auburn, Ala.
Gilbert, who added three blocks before fouling out of the game, moved into seventh place all-time for single season blocked shots at A&M with 42. She now has 128 blocks for her career.
Auburn scored the first basket of the game, before A&M went on a 14-0 run. The Aggies trailed for just 59 seconds in the game.
A&M took a 32-16 lead into halftime, holding Auburn to just 21.7 percent shooting (5-23) from the field. In five out of eight SEC games, the Aggies have held opponents to under 20 points in the first half.
Sophomore guard Jordan Jones had a career-high six steals as well as six assists before leaving the game after receiving a technical foul for arguing.
Sophomore forward Courtney Williams is averaging 15.3 points per game. Williams’ 17 points led both teams and marks the fifth straight game she has scored 13 points or more.
For the seventh game in a row, sophomore guard Courtney Walker reached double figures, scoring 13 points.
A&M outscored Auburn 46-26 in the paint, helped by Achiri Ade’s team-leading 10 rebounds. Overall, the Aggies pulled down 41 boards.
The Aggies have won all four of their SEC games on the road and remain in first place in the conference.
A&M travels to take on No. 16 Vanderbilt (16-4, 5-2 SEC) at 1 p.m. Sunday in Nashville, Tenn.