Thursday, February 21, 2013 10:11 pm
Bone leads No. 10 A&M women over Ole Miss 82-53
By KRISTIE RIEKENAP Sports Writer
Bone led the Aggies in scoring for the 18th time this season to help them get back on track after a 70-66 loss to No. 8 Kentucky on Monday night which snapped an eight-game winning streak.
Texas A&M (21-6, 11-2 Southeastern Conference) led by 12 points at halftime and was up by the same margin 5 minutes into the second half. The Aggies then used a 12-2 run to extend the lead to 60-38 midway through the half, and coasted to the victory.
Valencia McFarland had 11 points to lead Mississippi (9-17, 2-11), which has lost six of seven.
Mississippi missed nine shots, including four layups, as A&M padded its lead in the second half. Adrienne Pratcher and Bone scored four points apiece for the Aggies as they built their lead to 22 points.
Another run extended A&M's lead to 75-44 with about 5 minutes left, and coach Gary Blair sent all his starters to the bench.
It was the third meeting between these new SEC foes, and the first since an 82-79 win by the Rebels in Anchorage, Alaska on Dec. 20, 1997.
Pratcher had 13 points for Texas A&M, while Courtney Williams scored 11 and Kristi Bellock added 10. The 6-foot-4 Bone's dominance inside helped the Aggies outscore Mississippi 50-28 inside the paint, and A&M shot almost 53 percent to just 34.8 percent by the Rebels.
Monique Jackson added eight points and six rebounds for the Rebels, who are in a tough stretch and play No. 13 Georgia on Sunday before hosting No. 8 Kentucky.
The Rebels had six turnovers in the first 8 minutes to help the Aggies build a 22-6 lead. Bone got Texas A&M going by scoring eight points in that stretch.
The Aggies led by 12 points later in the first half before using an 11-2 run, capped by a jumper by Bone, to extend their lead to 38-17 about 2 minutes before halftime.
The Rebels found some offense after that, outscoring A&M 11-2 for the rest of the half to cut the lead to 40-28. Amber Singletary scored four points in that run, and McFarland capped it with a 3-pointer with 1 second remaining in the first half.