Texas A&M women edge South Carolina 67-65 in OT

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 16, 2014 at 11:30 pm •  Published: January 16, 2014
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Karla Gilbert scored Texas A&M's first two baskets of overtime in heavy traffic in the paint, and Jordan Jones had a pivotal steal and layup to help the 25th-ranked Aggies to a 67-65 victory over No. 8 South Carolina on Thursday night.

A&M had a big lead early on, but South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell banked in a 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation, tying it at 56.

Four Aggies scored in double figures, with Courtney Walker's 18 points leading the way. Jones had four steals, including the big play that helped A&M to a 63-58 lead in overtime.

Aleighsa Welch had 20 points for South Carolina (16-2, 4-1 Southeastern Conference).

A&M (14-4, 4-0) led 34-17 at halftime and appeared en route to a surprisingly easy victory. But the Gamecocks roared back, outscoring the Aggies 39-22 in the second half.

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Texas A&M coach Gary Blair was exhausted and happy. The Aggies were on top of the Southeastern Conference once again.

Karla Gilbert scored Texas A&M's first two baskets of overtime in heavy traffic in the paint, and Jordan Jones followed with a pivotal steal and layup to help the 25th-ranked Aggies to a 67-65 victory over No. 8 South Carolina on Thursday night.

"I'm worn out," Blair said. "Absolutely worn out. That was a great college basketball game."

A&M (14-4, 4-0) had a big lead early on, but South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell banked in a 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation, tying it at 56.

Four Aggies scored in double figures, with Courtney Walker's 18 points leading the way. Jones had four steals, including the big play that helped A&M take a 62-58 lead in overtime.

"Jordan Jones is playing as good as any point guard in the league right now," Blair said.

Aleighsa Welch had 20 points for South Carolina (16-2, 4-1), and Mitchell scored 19 in the Gamecocks' first loss since a 74-66 setback against North Carolina on Dec. 18.

A&M grabbed sole possession of first place in the conference with the win.

"Sometimes when you dig yourselves a hole like we did, your shots come up short in the end," South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said.

A&M led 34-17 at halftime and appeared en route to a surprisingly easy victory. But the Gamecocks roared back, outscoring the Aggies 39-22 in the second half.

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