Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Texas A&M Overcomes Slow Start To Beat Providence

Texas A&M Overcomes Slow Start To Beat Providence

Hogg, to go up 45-37 on No. 10 seed Providence with 13 minutes left in the second half at Charlotte. Yet given that early opportunity, Providence created only so much distance. The lead grew to 65-54 after Watson was called for a curious intentional foul on Davis inside with 2:06 left.

· Her 11 assists tie for the second-most for an Aggie in an NCAA Tournament game, trailing just Jordan Jones' 16 in the 2014 Second Round. Kecoughtan High alum Rodney Bullock closed his career with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting, but Providence has to live with letting the game slip away.

"It happens at the beginning of the game". We got 57 points in the first. "But we still had a chance to win the game".

The Aggies finished with a 44-26 rebounding advantage and had 11 offensive rebounds against the 10th-seeded Friars (21-14). It was during this run that Williams notched her 68th three-pointer of the season, setting a single-season school record for Texas A&M.

Williams knocked the shot down, and his teammate, Tyler Davis, hit the deflected ball back toward the Aggies' basket.

Gilder hit a straightaway 3 with 2:49 left to cap that flurry for a 62-52 lead. Alpha Diallo has nine for Providence.

There might have been contact, but no whistle came. Williams blocked a three on the defensive end then put a real dagger into Providence with a windmill dunk in transition.

The Aggies pulled away late to beat the Friars 73-69 and cement their spot in the second round of the tournament to face 2-seed North Carolina or 15-seed Lipscomb.

Down the stretch in Friday's game, Providence drilled a few timely shots to tie the game and test A&M's resiliency for yet another time this season. The Aggies also struggled with three-pointers, making only seven of the 16 they attempted. Davis and Williams outrebounded the Friars themselves 29-26. The Aggies are a completely average shooting team, and well below average among teams to make the NCAA tournament.

The Friars committed just six turnovers, but went to the free throw line just 12 times.

"Their length was very impressive", Cooley said.

"It's really sad that I have to see these seniors leave", he said. "I think when you go through adversity, you either come together or you break, and we've never broken".

"The experience that I've had here, I've grown up and became a man", he said. This season the Lady Bears posted 31 wins against just one loss, and they won the Big 12 conference tournament. "They had five out of seven possessions when they scored five times".

Johnson can be reached at 757-247-4649. "It's just been great for five years here".

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