COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — James Madison was off to a good start against Texas A&M on Tuesday night before foul trouble threw everything off track and the Aggies soon pulled away for the victory.
Courtney Williams scored 23 points and Karla Gilbert added 20 points with 15 rebounds to help Texas A&M to an 85-69 win over James Madison in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
"We weren't able to do what we planned to do, being in foul trouble and everything," said Toia Giggetts, who collected two fouls in the first eight minutes. "We couldn't play as aggressive as we wanted to."
Kirby Burkholder led 11th-seeded James Madison with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but had to sit out for a chunk of the second half with foul trouble. She fouled out with 1:43 remaining. Burkholder and Giggetts weren't the only James Madison players to struggle with fouls as several others had to spend time on the bench after picking up multiple fouls trying to slow down the 6-foot-5 Gilbert.
"It handcuffed us. It really did," James Madison coach Kenny Brooks said. "We played zone way more than I anticipated and way more than I wanted to do. When we get in foul trouble it dampers our enthusiasm."
The Aggies shot a season-high 37 free throws and made 24.
The victory sends the third-seeded Aggies (26-8) to the round of 16 for the sixth time and their first since 2012. They missed reaching the third round last season after losing to Nebraska at home in this round.
The Aggies used an 8-2 run to build a 10-point lead early in the second half and answered each time James Madison (29-6) cut the advantage. The Dukes got within seven points with about seven minutes remaining, but A&M used an 8-0 run with four points from Gilbert to make it 81-66.
The Aggies beat No. 14 seed North Dakota in the first round and James Madison knocked off No. 6 seed Gonzaga for their first tournament win since 1991 to set up the first-ever meeting between these teams.