Adams scores 19 in A&M’s win over Prairie View

AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Danielle Adams scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds and No. 10 Texas A&M pulled away in the second half of an 89-48 win over Prairie View on Monday night.

Tanisha Smith had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Tyra White added 11 points for the Aggies (10-1), who’ve won 62 of their last 67 games at Reed Arena.

Latara Darrett and Gaati Werema scored 11 points apiece for the Panthers (3-6), who committed 23 turnovers. Prairie View scored only 19 points in the second half on 8-for-23 shooting (35 percent).

A&M led by 14 at halftime, then opened the second half with a 16-2 burst to double the lead. The Panthers committed four turnovers and the 6-foot-1 Adams scored 10 points and picked off a steal during the run.

The Aggies pushed the lead to 43 before Coach Gary Blair began pulling his starters.

A&M outrebounded Prairie View 54-38 and held the Panthers without a 3-pointer in six attempts. The Aggies, the Big 12’s top 3-point shooting team, went 2-for-11 from 3-point range.

A&M’s full-court pressure smothered Prairie View during a 12-0 run in the first half. The Panthers missed eight consecutive shots and gave away five turnovers in a 5-minute span and A&M built a 22-12 lead.

A&M missed its first four attempts from long range and 20 of its first 32 shots overall.

Catherine Snow’s backdoor layup cut the Aggies’ lead to 26-21 with 4:56 left in the half. A&M’s defense then took control again and the Aggies finished the half with a 17-8 spurt to take a 43-29 lead.

Werema hit 4 of 6 shots and scored 11 points in the first half for Prairie View – the rest of the team shot 8-for-29 from the field (27.5 percent).

Updated December 28, 2009