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Texas A&M coach Gary Blair surveyed the field ranking and smiled, delighted with the No. six Aggies’ rebounding versus taller Duke.
“Look at the boards,” Blair mentioned subsequent Texas A&M’s 79-58 defeat of the Blue Devils on Sunday. “My three young children had 12, 12 and nine. That’s the change in the ballgame.”
As well as, the Aggies have star guard Chennedy Carter, and couple programs have anybody like her. Carter, the SEC preseason participant of the 12 months, scored a video game-superior 25 particulars and the Aggies outrebounded the Blue Devils 47-26, inspite of Duke holding a virtually three-inch frequent peak acquire over Texas A&M.
Alongside these prime strains the Aggies (two-) additionally dominated the Blue Devils (1-one) inside in outscoring Duke 38-26 in particulars within the paint.
“It was a incredibly physical match and a nice take a look at for us, without having a doubt,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie acknowledged of coping with a Greatest 10 group early within the interval. “The rebound stats explain to the story.”
Haley Gorecki led Duke with 16 components, and Ciera Johnson included 14 components for the Aggies. Johnson and teammate N’dea Jones every grabbed a activity-substantial 12 rebounds. Texas A&M’s Cheah Rael-Whitsitt chipped in 9 rebounds, additionally extra than any Duke participant gained.
The Blue Devils collected 13 steals and the Aggies dedicated 22 turnovers, their most necessary end in for drawback early within the interval.
“I can are living with the turnovers as very long as we turn the webpage and go on to the following play,” Blair reported. “We created it tough on ourselves, but keep in mind, we have played four video games (such as exhibitions) in 10 days.”
The Aggies have obtained a couple of consecutive video games in opposition to the Blue Devils, and Duke fell to -four in recreation titles in College Station. The Blue Devils, a contemporary countrywide capacity within the exercise, even have misplaced 10 consecutive on-line video games to rated opponents.
Texas A&M was coming off a 93-63 decline to the U.s. of america Nationwide Workers in an exhibition online game in Reed Enviornment on Thursday night time. Duke defeated Excessive Place 93-57 on Tuesday to start out out its time.
“I’m proud of this basketball staff, and we will need a day off. It truly is Veteran’s Day (on Monday) and we competed like Marines out there,” claimed Blair, who served in the USA Maritime Corps about 50 a very long time previously.
Texas A&M: The Aggies usually play a tough nonconference agenda beneath Blair, and regardless that Duke is unranked to get began the time the Blue Devils gave the Aggies matches for about three quarters. That type of data versus a generally tough, tall ACC foe ought to actually present the Aggies correctly coming into SEC play in early January.
Duke: Regardless of the setback the Blue Devils, buying votes within the AP ballot, hung all-around within the 2nd half, trailing 41-36 with 7 minutes remaining within the third, a self-assurance strengthen for a workforce needing it. Duke, with all 5 starters again from final 12 months, is hoping to make amends for its 6-10 exhibiting in ACC take part in remaining season.
The No. six Aggies doubtlessly may slide up a spot pursuing No. four Maryland’s dwelling decline to No. eight South Carolina on Sunday.
Carter stole the ball on only one conclude of the court docket, designed a full head of steam headed the opposite method and briefly smiled at defender Jada Claude simply upfront of manufacturing a layup greater than her 7 minutes into the sport.
SHE Claimed IT
“We have a state of mind of likely to get the ball, so we can get a next option to score.” Texas A&M forward N’Dea Jones, on the Aggies accumulating 19 offensive rebounds in the direction of Duke.
UP Up coming
Texas A&M performs its initially street online game of the 12 months at Rice on Nov. 17 (Sunday).
Duke stays on the road at UNLV on Thursday.