No. 12 Texas A&,M 65, Missouri 55
Danielle Adams was supposed to play for Missouri.
Instead she led Texas A&M to a win over the Tigers on
Adams and Tanisha Smith, who are both from Kansas City, scored
19 points each and No. 12 Texas A&M got a 65-55 victory over
The win ended a two-game skid for the Aggies and was their sixth
straight win over Missouri.
Adams signed with Missouri out of high school but did not
qualify academically and played at a junior college before coming
“There was a lot of emotion there for me, knowing (Missouri)
coach (Cindy) Stein for so long and now playing against them was
emotional,” Adams said.
The Tigers (11-10, 1-7 Big 12) never led in the second half, but
got within one point several times.
The last time Missouri had a chance to take the lead, Texas
A&M (16-4, 4-3) scored 10 straight points, including four in a
row by Tyra White to extend the lead to 61-50 with a minute
The Aggies made four free throws after that to secure the
Stein talked to Adams for a few minutes after the game. She said
her former recruit has improved greatly since high school.
“I think she’s playing extremely well,” Stein said. “She
plays smart. She’s playing defense. I don’t think I’ve ever seen
her play defense before.”
Jessra Johnson had 15 points for the Tigers who have dropped
three in a row.
Smith had seven steals and White added eight points and had six
rebounds for A&M.
Adams had to sit for large portions of the game after getting
two quick fouls in the first half and getting her fourth with about
13 1/2 minutes left. She returned for the last 6 minutes of the
game in her first meeting against Missouri.
“When we were running our stuff when we had Danielle in we were
as good offensively as we have been all year,” Texas A&M coach
Gary Blair said.
A little excitement came when the 6-foot Smith tried a dunk on a
fast break with about 30 seconds remaining. She sailed toward the
basket and grabbed the rim, but the ball slipped out of her hand
before she could put it in.
Smith, who said she has been able to dunk for about two years,
was also excited to play her hometown team.
“I think there was a lot of emotion for all the Kansas City
kids,” she said of herself, Adams and White. “We all three were
recruited to Missouri and not to (criticize) our home state, but I
think we made a good choice by coming here. It’s our style of play
out here. We get after it.”
The Aggies led by seven before Missouri scored six straight
points to cut the lead to 43-42 with 12 minutes remaining. Texas
A&M answered with five straight points by Kelsey Assarian to
push the lead to 48-42 midway through the half.
Stein said it was hard to keep getting so close, only to see
A&M pull away repeatedly.
“Their defense makes it tough,” she said. “Nothing is easy.
The one thing I love about our team is our kids are really
competitive and they’re fighting and scrapping and we’re trying to
get one. Every one is hard but we’re going to show up every game
and do the best we can.”
Texas A&M went on a 5-0 run, all on points by Adams, to open
the second half and push its lead to 33-27.
Adams scored 10 of Texas A&M’s first 12 points but got her
second foul soon after and went to the bench with about 13 minutes
left in the first half and didn’t return until after halftime.
The Aggies led by five for most of the first half and were up by
that margin after a layup by Tanisha Smith with 1 1/2 left in the
first half. The Tigers scored four straight points after that to
trail 28-27 at halftime.
Christine Flores added 11 points for Missouri.
Texas A&M was without starting point guard Sydney Colson who
is out with a left leg injury. Blair said he isn’t sure how long
she’ll be out, but that she could play Saturday at Nebraska.