It was a busy day for Aggie spherical ball sports. The Men's Bouncy Ball team was in a hotel ballroom the Bahamas for the finals of the Battle for Atlantis. The women were in an even more peculiar venue: a converted equestrian site. The soccer team was at FSU for an Elite 8 game. And although this is a WBB post, I just want to take a moment to say that having some kind of video stream should be a requirement to host the Elite 8. There wasn't one today.
OK, with that off my chest... on to WBB...
With only PPV streaming I decided to just follow the game on the radio. Live stats from both ESPN and 12thman.com did not start when the game started. And then, apparently the host site announced at game time that there would be no live streaming and money would be refunded. The Ags started Chelsea Jennings at the 4 while going with the rest of the regular lineup (Jones, Hillsman, CWalk, CWill).
Cal's size advantage got both Hillsman and Mitchell in foul trouble by halfway through the quarter. The teams played close and it was 10-10 at the first media timeout. The Ags committed 6 fouls to put Cal into the bonus quickly after the break. Coach Blair went to a smaller lineup.
Courtney Williams kept the Ags in the game on the offensive end. 18-17 Ags at the end of the first.
The Ags pulled out to a 24-17 lead by a mid-quarter media timeout. Curtyce Knox got some time in the quarter, giving JJ some rest about halfway through the quarter. Curtyce got some good minutes, scoring couple of buckets. CWill continued to be on fire.
Midway through the quarter Bret Dark and Steve Miller pointed out that the pathetic South Point rodeo arena didn't have replay capability. And then the shot clock malfunctioned.
Halftime score 38-24 Ags. Williams had 22 points. Nobody else had more than 4. Kristine Anigwe led the way for Cal with 12 and added 9 rebounds. Cal outrebounded the Ags 22-13. But the Ags held Cal to 29.6% shooting. Cal turned it over 11 times.
The Ags got the ball to start the quarter. Both teams struggled to score at first but the Ags warmed up and stretched the lead starting off on a 9-0 run. By halfway through the quarter, CWill was still matching Cal's total score at 28 each. CWill's 28th at 4:30 to go in the 3rd quarter made it a career high for her.
End of the 3rd 59-36 Ags.
END 3Q | Golden Bears try to chip away at the Aggies 25-point lead, now down to a 23-point lead. Texas A&M 59, Cal 36.— Cal Basketball (@CalWBBall) November 27, 2015
The Ags started the quarter with only Hillsman and Walker in from the starters. Knox, Taylor Cooper, and Anriel Howard opened the quarter on the floor. The Ags went small soon after with Lumpkin, Anriel Howard, Cooper, Walker, and Knox. JJ came back in for Curtyce and quickly contributed a 3 point play on a drive and foul.
Cal went to the bench with a mass substitution at 7:45. The Ags let the Bears cut a 29 point lead to 17 with under 4 minutes left. Cal sub KC Waters made the most of her garbage time minutes by scoring 9 on 4-4 shooting plus a FT. Not sure why Gary had as many starters in at the end as he did.
Final score Ags win 75-58.
- Courtney Williams scored 32 for a career high.
- Courtney Walker had an overshadowed 18.
- It was good to hear Curtyce Knox played well enough to give JJ some rest.
- 700 wins for Coach Blair. CWill teased Blair by saying that he's only 300 behind Coach K.
- The Ags shot 50.8% from the floor for the game. Cal shot much better after the break, finishing at 42%. The Ags closed the rebounding gap, ending down 36-27 on the boards. Cal turned the ball over 22 times an dhad only 10 assists.
- In the post-game Amy Wright talked about how the Ags decided to help off of Anigwe and dare one of the Cal guards to shoot.
- #11 Ohio State Buckeyes
- 2PM CST Saturday Nov 28, 2015
- South Point Arena and Equestrian Center
- No TV. PPV streaming (but don't bother). Audio via 12thman.com or radio KZNE-FM 102.7 FM.
- #3 5-8 So G Kelsey Mitchell. Mitchell is a preseason All-American and was last years national Freshman of the year. Going into Friday's game vs. Liberty, Mitchell was averaging 23.3 points per game.
- #32 6-2 Jr F Shayla Cooper (9.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg)
- #14 5-9 Sr G Ameryst Alston (19.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg). Alston, like Mitchell, is a preseason Wooden Award Watch list player.
- #22 6-3 So F Alexa Hart (4.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg). Hart has blocked a shot in 24 straight games.
- #20 5-7 So G Asia Doss (4.5 ppg) or #13 5-8 Sr G Cait Craft (7.7 ppg). Doss got the start vs Wagner, but Craft started the other 4 games.