(16) Texas A&M 81

(15-5, 5-1 SEC)

Mississippi St 33

(8-11, 0-6 SEC)

8:00 PM ET, January 24, 2013

Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Mississippi

1 2 T
#16TA&M 39 4281
MSST 19 1433

Top Performers

Texas A&M: K. Bellock 18 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Stl

Mississippi State: M. Alwal 12 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Blk

No. 16 Texas A&M clamps down on Miss. St.

Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Kristi Bellock scored 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting to lead No. 16 Texas A&M to an 81-33 victory over Mississippi State Thursday night.

Texas A&M (15-5, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) shot 60 percent (29 of 48), well above its season 46.6-percent average. The Aggies were 4 of 10 from behind the arc and 19 of 25 from the free-throw line. They also forced 23 turnovers, including 17 steals.

Mississippi State (8-11, 0-6) couldn't muster much offense for coach Vic Schaefer, a former Texas A&M assistant, in his first game against his old squad. Schaefer, a Texas A&M alum, coached in College Station for nine seasons and recruited most of this year's squad before leaving for Mississippi State last spring.

The Bulldogs were 12-of-45 shooting and bested the worst offensive performances in program history by a single point -- Mississippi State scored 32 points against Manhattan in 1985 and Auburn in 1986. The 48-point margin of defeat is the worst for the Bulldogs in a home game since a 50-point loss in that 1986 matchup with Auburn.

Texas A&M opened the game on an 11-4 run and led 39-19 at halftime. The Aggies immediately extended that lead to 54-19 to open the second half.

Adrienne Pratcher added 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting and was 3 for 5 from beyond the arc for Texas A&M.

Kelsey Bone chipped in 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting for the Aggies.

Martha Alwal led Mississippi State with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Jerica James added 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting.

This is Texas A&M's second road win of the week after beating No. 12 Georgia 64-46 on Sunday. The Aggies have won seven of their last eight games overall.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 81 33
FG Made-Attempted 29-48 (.604) 12-45 (.267)
3P Made-Attempted 4-10 (.400) 2-5 (.400)
FT Made-Attempted 19-25 (.760) 7-10 (.700)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 11 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
Largest Lead 55 0

Game Leaders

PointsK. Bellock 18M. Alwal 12
ReboundsK. Bellock 6M. Alwal 10
AssistsJ. Jones 5K. Grant 1
StealsA. Pratcher 3C. Williams 2
BlocksK. Gilbert 2M. Alwal 1

2012-13 Season

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