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Aggie Women's Basketball beats Ole Miss: Chelsea Evening

Chelsea Jennings had a career-high 29 points as the Women's Bouncy Ball team demolished Ole Miss at Reed Arena

The architect of the Aggies' win over Ole Miss on Thursday night
The architect of the Aggies' win over Ole Miss on Thursday night
Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning, and the first thing that I knew
There was milk and toast and honey and a bowl of oranges, too
And the sun poured in like butterscotch and stuck to all my senses
Oh, won't you stay
We'll put on the day
And we'll talk in present tenses

When the curtain closes and the rainbow runs away
I will bring you incense owls by night
By candlelight
By jewel-light
If only you will stay
Pretty baby, won't you
Wake up, it's a Chelsea morning

I was only able to watch a little of Thursday night's game via SECN+ streaming while I was on the road. But here's what I was able to glean from that and the box score.

  • With CWill still recovering from her stress reaction in her back, Jennings got another start and responded with a career night. Her teammates found her for a lot of open mid-range jumpers and she hit 12 of 15 from the field and added 5-6 from the FT line.
  • With Jennings going off, it's almost easy to take for granted Walker's 17 points. Ole Miss Coach Matt Insell described Walker as someone will teach you a new play if you try to defend the play you studied on film.
  • Jones came off the bench again but had a very good game, according to Coach Blair. Expect her to start in Columbia on Sunday
  • Coach Blair said Rachel Mitchell had a nice game. She 6 points and 4 blocked shots in just 17 minutes.
  • The Ags outrebounded the Rebs by 36-24. Offensive rebounding totals were reduced by the Ags shooting 61.5% for the game.
  • After struggling with transition offense in recent games, the Ags had 12 fast break points and 27 points off of turnovers.
  • Both teams had 21 turnovers, which was the main negative for A&M from the game.
  • Ole Miss kept playing hard but was just overmatched. They're very young and could be very different the next time the teams play.
Ole Miss is a team the Ags play twice this season. The rematch will be in Oxford on Feb 15.

Up Next

  • #2 S. Carolina
  • 12:30 PM Sunday Jan 17
  • Colonial Life Arena, Columbia SC
  • TV; ESPN2 Radio: KZNE 1150 AM/102.7 FM
They better eat their cheeseburger tonight because they've got South Carolina next with those four trees
- Coach Blair in the postgame

Undefeated S. Carolina is #2 in the country and beat #9 Kentucky in Lexington on Thursday night. The Gamecocks would be heavily favored even with the Ags at full strength, and this will be a huge challenge with Williams' injury situation even if CWill is able to play. She hasn't been doing much in practice in order to keep the stress reaction from becoming a season-ending stress fracture. The Ags hung with the Gamecocks for a little over a half last year, but then the Gamecocks asserted themselves and won big.

So... we've got them right where we want them, right?

Expected starters
  • 6-5 So F A'ja WIlson (16.4 ppg/9.4 rpg) Wilson was the #1 recruit last year and lived up to expectations by being a 3rd team All-American and All-SEC player while mostly coming off the bench. She leads the team in scoring and is tied for the lead in rebounding. She had 26 points against UK on Thursday.
  • 6-4 Jr C Alaina Coates (12.7 ppg/9.4 rpg). Coates was on the All-SEC defensive team and would have probably had more national recognition but for waiting her turn and coming off the bench with Wilson a lot of the time.
  • 5-8 Sr G Khadija Sessions (6.1 ppg) would be much more visible on most other teams. As I recall, she's very quick and dangerous.
  • #25 5-9 Sr G Tiffany Mitchell (14.9 ppg) is a 2-time All-American and was SEC player of the year the past two seasons.
  • 6-0 Sr G/F Asia Dozier (3.8 ppg) is overshadowed by the other stars on the team, but is capable of going off for double figures scoring games (did it 4 times last year), and has led the team in assists several times.