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Texas A&M Knocks Lady Vols From Unbeaten Ranks

Texas A&M Knocks Lady Vols From Unbeaten Ranks

A&M was on fire in the fourth quarter, extending their lead as high as seven at 69-62.

Prior to the turnover, Texas A&M (14-4, 3-1) missed 18 consecutive shots before Danni Williams ended the skid to knot the game 74-74 with 44 seconds remaining. Williams made all three free throws to put Texas A&M in front 77-76.

That lead was never relinquished by the Aggies either, as they upset No. 6 and previously undefeated Tennessee, 79-76, Thursday night at Reed Arena.

"I thought I was going to throw up", Williams admitted afterward with a grin. "I just knew I had to breathe and relax and treat it like every day shooting free throws".

The Lady Vols (15-1, 3-1) had a chance to win the game in the final seconds of regulation, but Meme Jackson's three point attempt did not fall and the game headed to overtime tied at 70.

"It was a great ball game, win or lose, [it was] a great ball game", said A&M head coach Gary Blair after the hard-fought victory.

"You've got to at least get a shot off there, and we didn't", Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said. In 45 minutes, Danni collected 22 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 3 threes with 1 turnover. Williams chipped in 22 of her own while going 3-for-7 from 3-point range.

"Hillsman was spectacular the whole ballgame", Blair said.

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Balanced Attack: Tennessee had four players score in double figures against TAMU, keeping their streak of having at least three players in double digits flawless thus far this season.

The first half was a close affair, with the Ags and Lady Vols trading leads in the first quarter.

A&M was abysmal from the field for the remainder of the quarter though, missing 13-straight shots. The Aggies would eventually let the Lady Vols back in it and tie the game at 70, forcing overtime.

"When we made our run, I think we started losing that sense of urgency", Hillsman said.

Freshman guard Evina Westbrook made two mistakes in the five-minute overtime that cost the Lady Vols. Tennessee only had a 2-point cushion heading into halftime, 36-34.

"Yes, we were dead exhausted and, yes, I probably should have subbed more", Texas A&M coach Gary Blair said. The Lady Vols will go from Columbia to No. 2 Notre Dame on January 18 before returning home to play No. 4 Mississippi State on January 21.

"We're not in this thing to win games. It was a fun game, and our young kids will learn from this". "We have to tough it up and get ready for Georgia".


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