Cormier Scores 14 in Setback to Texas A&M
Jan. 3, 2008
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Sophomore Whitney Cormier scored 14 points Thursday night against No. 12 Texas A&M, but it wasn't enough as the Aggies recorded an 84-53 victory. The loss dropped SFA to 3-9 on the season, while A&M improves to 12-2.
The Ladyjacks recorded one of their better shooting performances of the season, connecting on 22-of-56 (.393) shots, led by Cormier's 10 first-half points. SFA held a one-point advantage four minutes into the contest, but the Aggies responded by rattling off a 14-2 run to take a 13-point lead with just over eight minutes remaining in the opening half.
A&M was aided in its run by 16 Ladyjack turnovers in the first half. The 12th-ranked Aggies were able to convert the turnovers into 17 points. Texas A&M carried a 43-27 advantage into the intermission.
SFA came out of the locker room with the momentum, scoring the first five points of the half, and scoring seven of the first nine points, to cut the Aggie lead to nine, 43-34. But the Aggies answered with 12-0 run to reclaim the momentum. Texas A&M never looked back after that recording a 31-point win.
The Ladyjacks' 28 miscues turned out to be the deciding factor in the game. Texas A&M converting the Ladyjacks' turnovers into 37 points. SFA hung tough with the Aggies on the glass tying the home team with 37. Texas A&M finished the game 32-of-69 (.464) from the floor, including a 4-of-12 (.333) performance from beyond the arc.
Junior Natashia Green came off the bench to score nine points, while freshman Antoinette Davis and Jordan Ford each added eight. Texas A&M was led by Morenike Atunrase who scored 22 points and pulled down six rebounds.
The Ladyjacks return to action Thursday, Jan. 10, when they return home to open Southland Conference play against Nicholls State. The game against the Colonels is slated to begin at 7 p.m. from the William R. Johnson Coliseum.