Head Coach Tom Collen
Courtesy: Wesley Hitt / University of Arkansas
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Hot shooting from No. 17/16 Texas A&M (22-7, 12-3 SEC) lifted the Aggies past the University of Arkansas women's basketball team (18-10, 5-10 SEC) to a 77-54 win at Reed Arena on Thursday night. Jhasmin Bowen had a team-high 11 points and six rebounds, while Calli Berna also reached double digits at 10 points and four assists. McKenzie Adams added eight points, while Melissa Wolff came off the bench and recorded two points and eight rebounds--including five offensive boards.
UA shot just 25 percent as a group, while TA&M was 58 percent from the field.
The Aggies opened the game on a 13-0 run, as the Razorbacks missed their first six straight shots. Berna finally got UA on the board with its first field goal, drilling a deep 3-pointer at the 16:14 mark. The Razorbacks were able to settle in and respond by making five of their next six field goals to cut the lead to 19-11. The Aggies kept firing and hitting from the field, making 65 percent (11-17) of their shots and extended their lead to 28-15 with 9:13 left in the first half. Hitting three of her first five looks from the floor, Berna was aggressive early and increased her first-half point total to 10 to help UA cut the lead to 37-26 with 4:16 to go in the half. Jackson was fouled on a 3-point attempt and hit all of them to help trim the lead to just 11 points at 43-32 by the break.
A nice 6-2 push from the Razorbacks early in the second half helped them trim the lead to 49-38 with 15:57 to play in the game. Bowen played a big part in the run, as she had six points and four rebounds. TA&M responded with a 14-2 run and built its largest lead of the game at 23 points. The shooting of the Aggies was too much for the Razorbacks, as TA&M finished shooting 58 percent.
Three different players scored in double figures for TA&M, as the Aggies outscored the Razorbacks 30-to-18 for points in the paint. TA&M had 21 assists on the night to just nine for UA.
QUOTING HEAD COACH TOM COLLEN
"To Texas A&M's credit, they were very relaxed at the beginning of the game and very methodical in getting to open shots. It seemed like in the first 8-10 minutes of the game they knocked down every shot they took. When you get down like that and you look up at the scoreboard, you tend to start to panic a bit. But, I thought we battled back for a bit there in moments, but clearly we just gave up too much there at the beginning of the game."
- Jhasmin Bowen scored a team-high 11 ponts and added six rebounds--including five offensive boards. Bowen reached double figures for the first time since Feb. 13 against Alabama and has reached double digits in 12 games this season.
- Calli Berna finished with 10 points, four assists and three rebounds, while also tying a season-high mark with two 3-pointers.
- The junior bumped her season assist total to 192 and moved closer to breaking the program's class record for most assists by a junior in a season. Amy Wright had 198 assists as a junior. Averaging 7.0 assists per game and with four games left, Berna is on pace to erasing Wright's mark for her own.
- Amy Wright is now an assistant coach for Texas A&M. TA&M head coach Gary Blair coached at Arkansas as head coach from 1993-2003.
- Berna now has 488 career assists, which ranks fifth all-time in program history.
- Jessica Jackson finished with nine points and ended a stretch of three straight games in double figures. Jackson was a perfect 7-for-7 from the free-throw line, but held to just one field goal (1-for-12) on the night.
- Melissa Wolff played 14 minutes from off the bench, scoring two points but grabbing eight rebounds that included five on the offensive glass alone.
- Texas A&M shot 56 percent in the first half and scored 43 points which was the most points allowed in a half this season by Arkansas. The Razorbacks allow opponents an average of 52.3 points per game.
- Arkansas allowed Texas A&M 77 points in the loss, which marked a season-high allowed to an opponent. Tennessee scored 70 points on the Razorbacks earlier this season.
- Arkansas allowed Texas A&M 58 percent shooting, which was the second-most allowed to opponents this season. The Razorbacks allowed a season-worst 62.2 percent to Tennessee earlier this season.
- Arkansas recorded seven steals in the game. Over their last seven games, the Razorbacks have recorded a combined 67 steals. UA averages 9.5 takeaways per game this season.
- Arkansas was out-rebounded 43-to-35, but had 19 offensive rebounds to the Aggies' 10. UA is 5-9 when out-rebounded by its opponent this season.
- Texas A&M out-scored Arkansas 30-to-18 for points in the paint. UA is now 4-8 this season when allowing its opponent more points in the paint.
- Arkansas fell to 2-6 this season when trailing at halftime. The Razorbacks were down 43-32 at the break.
- Arkansas dropped to 20-5 all-time against Texas A&M. The Razorbacks are 8-3 in College Station. Head coach Tom Collen is 0-3 against the Aggies since joining the SEC.
- Tom Collen is 347-159 overall in 16 seasons as a head coach and 130-89 in seven years at Arkansas.
Arkansas returns home to face Missouri on March 2 at 2 p.m.
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