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Texas A&M hands MSU 81-33 defeat

January 25, 2013

Mississippi State

It's hard to get much going offensively when a team cannot hold onto the basketball.

On Thursday night, the Mississippi State women's basketball team struggled scoring and gave the opposition plenty of opportunities.

MSU (8-11, 0-6) fell to the No. 16 (Associated Press) Texas A&M Aggies (15-5, 5-1) 81-33 inside Humphrey Coliseum in a Southeastern Conference matchup.

"I wish we could have done better (Thursday), doing our part in playing," MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. "They are awfully talented, awfully well-coached and that's going to happen sometimes."

Schaefer was an assistant coach under Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair for 15 years at both Arkansas and Texas A&M.

"Sure it was special," Blair said. "Everywhere I go I guess I'm relating to everybody, somebody has coached under me or somebody has played under me."

For Schaefer, he enjoyed his time at Texas A&M and his time under Blair, but he has found a new home in Starkville and a new team.

"I had nine great years there," Schaefer said. "This is my team. Somebody in the stands said 'well you won (Thursday). Both your teams played and you won.' I said 'no I didn't win (Thursday). My team's Mississippi State.'"

MSU assistants Johnnie Harris and Aqua Franklin also have connections to Texas A&M. Harris was also an assistant and Franklin played for the Aggies.

"It definitely is a lot of emotion coming to Mississippi State knowing they were just with us last year," Texas A&M senior forward Kristi Bellock said.

The 48-point loss is the second-largest at home behind a 50-point defeat to Auburn in 1986. The 33 points scored by MSU is tied for the fourth lowest.

The Aggies went on a 21-0 run starting with 2:17 left in the first half. Texas A&M led 39-19 at the half.
The Texas A&M offense continued into the second half as scored the half's first 15 points.

The Bulldogs didn't get their first field goal of the half until sophomore guard Jerica James knocked down a jumper with 11:36 remaining in the half.

"(We) played another great basketball team," Schaefer said. "In my opinion, they are so underrated it's not even funny. They are so good. They should be in the top five or six in the country. They are just doing a great job with that group. They are hard to handle. They've got size and they've got quickness."

The Bulldogs turned the ball over 23 times leading to 32 Aggie points.

"(Our) point guards had 12 turnovers (Thursday)," Schaefer said. "We had some really good looks on some things and we couldn't get them the ball. We just can't make the delivery."

The Aggies were led by Bellock's 18 points. Adrienne Pratcher chipped in 15 and Kelsey Bone added 13.

The Bulldogs were led by sophomore center Martha Alwal's ninth double-double of the season. She scored 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Jerica James added 10 points. 

"They were running their offense very well the first 8 to 10 minutes of the ballgame," Blair said. "They followed their gameplan and we finally made some adjustments."

MSU sophomore and former West Oktibbeha player Shamia Robinson didn't dress out and coach Schaefer said in his postgame press conference that she was "suspended indefinitely." 

The Bulldogs host in-state rival Ole Miss Sunday. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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