Texas A&M wins in OT against Tennessee 79-76 - Recap, Box score

Esequiel Farfan
Enero 13, 2018

This was the second year in a row that the game between these two teams in College Station was decided in overtime.

17 Texas A&M women hand No. 6 Tennessee 1st loss, 79-76AP Photo TXBRY103, TXBRY101, TXBRY102Eds: No. 17 Texas A&M 79, No. 6 Tennessee 76, OT. After the teams traded baskets for most of the quarter, a 7-0 run by Texas A&M highlighted by two straight field goals from Williams put the Aggies in front, and they carried a three-point lead into the final 10 minutes.

Mercedes Russell was Tennessee's leading scorer with 21 points, but Hillsman and the Aggies were able to limit her offensive production in crunch time as the Lady Vols' center only scored six points in the second half and overtime combined. "I knew I just needed to breathe and relax, and treat them like everyday free throws".

"Yes, we were dead exhausted and, yes, I probably should have subbed more", Texas A&M coach Gary Blair said.

Following a timeout, Tennessee then had the ball with a chance to win, but Evina Westbrook threw a pass along the left sideline that bounced out of bounds, resulting in a turnover.

The Lady Vols (15-1, 3-1 SEC) entered the game as one of four undefeated teams remaining in the country.

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"It was a battle", Hillsman said of her touted showdown with Russell in the paint. Tennessee had a chance to win it in regulation, but Meme Jackson's three-pointer was too long, sending the game to overtime tied at 70.

After the game senior Khaalia Hillsman said, "When we made our run we lost our sense of urgency and started being careless with the ball". Both teams missed on open looks over the final moments, but Tennessee was able to draw up one last play with 3.3 seconds. "It was a fun game, and our young kids will learn from this".

Texas A&M picked up its first win over a Top 10 opponent since November 30, 2014, and their first win over a ranked opponent in five tries this season. The Aggies claimed a 76-71 decision the last time these teams met at Reed Arena on February 7, 2016. Tennessee will no doubt learn from the tight loss and continue pushing on in trying to win its ninth national championship, and first since 2008.

Tennessee kept it close by outscoring A&M 16-0 off the bench. - Blair on handing Tennessee its first loss. The Aggies (14-4, 3-1) return to action on Sunday at 3 p.m. EST when they take on the Georgia Bulldogs.

The Lady Vols will look to bounce back Sunday when they travel to play conference rival SC.

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