COLLEGE STATION - The Missouri women’s basketball team traveled to Texas for the second time in four days, and returned with its second straight blowout loss. This time, Texas A&M torched the Tigers, 62-43, in College Station.
The Tigers (8-12, 1-6 Big 12) turned the ball over on their first four possessions, and were down 8-0 before even attempting a shot. Missouri committed 19 turnovers in the first half, and 29 for the game – a season high. A&M scored 28 points off those turnovers.
After a jumper by Patrice Reado at the 16:04 mark of the first half gave A&M a 10-4 lead, Missouri never cut the deficit inside five. In the second half, the Tigers were only down by single digits for a total of 20 seconds. Missouri’s Jasmyn Otote hit a layup with 11:02 left made it 43-34, but the Aggies used a 13-2 run over the next five-plus minutes to squash any hopes of an upset.
Texas A&M (13-6, 3-4) had three players score in double digits, led by 18 from Takia Starks. Earlier in the day, Starks was named to the Naismith Trophy watch list, an award that goes to the nation’s top female basketball player. She came in as the Big 12’s No. 3 scorer, averaging 17.3 points per game.
Danielle Gant had 16 points and Reado added 11 for the Aggies. La Toya Micheaux grabbed 10 rebounds to help give A&M a 40-33 advantage on the glass.
For Missouri, freshman forward Shakara Jones was the lone offensive bright spot. She made seven of eight shots to finish with 15 points. Junior guard Alyssa Hollins scored 12 points, but finished 5-of-15 from the field and had to make her final three shots well after the game was decided to reach that total. No one else scored more than four points for the Tigers.
Missouri returns home for two games at Mizzou Arena, beginning with a visit from the Nebraska Cornhuskers at 3 p.m. on Sunday.