Aggie Soccer On to Sweet 16 With 7-2 Romp Past Arizona

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies took a 5-0 halftime lead and rolled to a 7-2 win over the Arizona Wildcats in an NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship second round match at Ellis Field on Friday evening.

With the victory, the Aggies advanced to the Sweet 16 of the tournament for the third consecutive season and the 13th time overall.

In a rematch of a 2-2 draw played on September 5 at a neutral field in Tempe, Ariz., the Aggies snuffed out an early scoring chance by the Wildcats and then responded quickly with three goals within a five-minute span to take control of the match.

After a nifty pass broke her into the opening with the defense chasing in the 10th minute, Arizona’s Alexandra Doller charged goalward for a one-on-one confrontation with Aggie netminder Jordan Day. As she approached the penalty box, Doller had a touch that was a bit too heavy, allowing Day to charge off her line. Day covered the ground quickly make a sliding save 15 yards out, taking the ball just a yard off Doller’s foot.

Surviving the opening salvo, A&M opened up the flood gates in the 15th minute. Meghan Streight took a free kick from 35 yards out, sending it into Brinson right corner of the six-yard box. Brinson knocked the ball to the left, finding Annie Kunz who sent it to the back of the net with her right foot.

Three minutes later, Karlie Mueller set up the next goal with a throw-in from 30 yards. The wind carried her throw over the head of the defender marking Kelley Monogue, leaving the Aggie senior with no one between her and the woodwork but Arizona goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman. Monogue shot from 10 yards out to the left of the keeper for the 2-0 edge.

The cavalcade of goals continued in the 20th minute. This time Leigh Edwards shot from the left corner of the penalty box, catching the head of Monogue at the six-yard box for Monogue’s second goal of the match and her fourth in the last two games.

Allie Bailey joined the goal parade in the 32nd minute. Shea Groom controlled the ball on the offensive edge of the center circle and weaved through the Arizona defense to the top of the penalty box arc. She sent the ball to the left where Bailey had lost her marker. Bailey launched a missile from the left corner of the penalty box that deflected off a Wildcats’ defender and tucked into the near post.

The Aggies’ lead ballooned to 5-0 with 2:19 left in the first half. It was Bailey scoring again. This time she dribbled down the left side of the pitch to the end line outside the penalty box. With no enticing target for a cross, Bailey dribbled back to the left corner of the box and unleashed a howitzer into the right side-netting.

Any thoughts of an Aggie letdown coming out of the intermission were put to rest early as Groom stripped the ball from a Wildcat defender and scored from 15 yards out less than two minutes into the second half for the for the 6-0 lead.

Arizona (11-8-2) broke the scoring seal in the 51st minute. Jaden DeGracie sent in a flip throw-in on the left touchline, finding the head of Doller to cut the A&M lead to 6-1.

The Maroon and White capped off their scoring in the 58th minute. Kelley Monogue sent a free kick into the penalty box from 30 yards out. She found Groom in an enviable positon, but the senior’s shot hit the left post. The ball-hawking Brinson was in the six-yard box to clean up and give A&M a 7-1 advantage.

After A&M cleared much of its bench, the Wildcats cut the lead to 7-2 in the 65th minute. Gabi Stoian sent a free kick in from 30 yards out on the right. Kaitlyn Lopez got the first shot off in the six-yard box and Day made a save, but the carom came back to Hayley Estopare who sent it into the goal.

The win improved A&M’s unbeaten string to 12 matches. The Maroon and White are 11-0-1 since suffering a 1-0 loss to Florida on October 3.

Texas A&M improved to 22-4-1 all-time in NCAA Championship matches Ellis Field, winning their seventh in a row and 13 of their last 14.

The Aggies’ nine-player senior class set a school record with their 73rd win, topping the 2002 class that notched 72.

Day went the distance in goal for the Aggies, making six saves. Kaufman made eight saves for the Wildcats.

Texas A&M faces Notre Dame in a 1:30 pm match at Ellis Field on Sunday afternoon. Notre Dame defeated Texas on an 86th minute goal earlier in the day.
POSTMATCH QUOTES

Texas A&M

G Guerrieri, Head Coach
Opening statement…
“I was really pleased with the way the team prepared this week. It was a really good week of training, and you could see the end product for half the weekend come out so far. Tremendous offensive performance by a lot of people. We had a lot of people involved in all facets of the game. You could see our players operating and really working off of each other and really thinking and taking situations that were for them and using those opportunities.”

On competing against Arizona…
“They’re a really difficult team to play against. They scored exactly the way we thought they would be most dangerous at: two restarts. We’ve not given up a goal on restarts in quite a while, so that’s something we’ll clean up a little bit moving forward. It’s more a credit to how good Arizona is in those situations.”

Allie Bailey, Senior Forward
On the scoring in the first half…
“I think there’s only been one game this whole season where we scored first and didn’t win. It’s always great to score early and score a lot in the first half to go in at half time up.”

Arizona

Tony Amato, Head Coach
On the match…
“We ran into a really good team tonight. They were firing on all cylinders and it felt like everything they shot in the first half went in. There are a lot of good players on that A&M team and I expect them to make a good run in this tournament. I thought we started well. We had a couple chances, didn’t finish them, and once they got their goal they came after us. It was a long game.”

On how A&M was able to take over the game…
“I think they just started the game with the pedal to the floor. They scored and the crowd got into it, and they just started flying. If soccer had timeouts, I would’ve called one there to let our girls regroup. They just grabbed the momentum at that point and it was just too hard to overcome.

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NCAA Rules Danuel House Eligible for 2014-15 Season

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The NCAA informed Texas A&M on Friday that a waiver for men’s basketball junior guard Danuel House to compete for the Aggies this season has been approved.

“I’m excited about adding another good piece to our team,” Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy said. “Danuel brings experience and a scorer to our roster. We are thankful to the NCAA and the A&M Compliance for helping us get this wrapped up and taken care of.”

House, a 6-foot-7 swingman, made the decision to transfer from Houston after averaging 12.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest while shooting 43.2 percent from the floor and 32.5 percent from 3-point range in 57 games during his two-year Cougar career.

Last season, the Fresno, Texas, native finished second on the Cougars’ roster in both scoring (13.6 points per game) and rebounding (5.3 rebounds per game) despite being limited to only 24 games due to injury.

A Kyle Macy Freshman All-American during his first collegiate season in 2012-13, House averaged 12.4 points and 4.9 rebounds while dishing out 61 assists and shooting 43.6 percent from the floor to earn Conference USA Freshman of the Year accolades as well as a spot on the C-USA All-Freshman Team. He was honored as C-USA Freshman of the Week on three occasions as a rookie and also earned a spot on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Following a banner prep career at Hightower High School, House was rated as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com and 4-star recruit by Scout.com. Additionally, he was regarded as the No. 3 small forward nationally by ESPN and No. 15 in the ESPNU 100 as well as the No. 26 prospect in the country in the Rivals 150.

House will join the Aggies for Sunday’s final game in Puerto Rico against the winner of today’s New Mexico/George Mason game at 1 p.m. (CT). For more information on Texas A&M Basketball visit 12thMan.com and follow @AggieMensHoops on twitter.

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Aggie Men’s Basketball Rallies for 59-50 Win Over College of Charleston

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Peyton Allen had 14 points, Jalen Jones added 12 and Texas A&M rallied in the second half to get past College of Charleston 59-50 in the consolation round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Friday.

The Aggies (2-1) trailed by five with more than eight minutes remaining before outscoring the Cougars 27-13 to end the game. Jordan Green had nine of his 11 points in the final four minutes.

Joe Chealey and Anthony Stitt had 10 points apiece to lead Charleston (1-3).

Stitt helped carry the Cougars offense for the second straight game, but had seven turnovers. It matched the seven turnovers in their opening loss to Connecticut.

Texas A&M plays the winner of New Mexico and George Mason in the consolation final on Sunday. Charleston plays the loser of that game.

After trailing for most of the second half, Texas A&M took a 39-37 lead on a dunk by Antwan Space with about 7 minutes to play. That cushion grew to 46-39 on a pair of free throws by Jordan Green, capping a 14-2 spurt.

The Aggies settled down, and twice cut the lead down to two. But five straight points by Green pushed the lead back up to six with about a minute left.

Charleston controlled the tempo in the first half and got production from its bench, which outscored Texas A&M’s reserves 12-2.

The Aggies also struggled shooting the ball, connecting on just 6 of their 23 field goal attempts, including 2 of 11 from beyond the arc.

Alex Caruso, who led Texas A&M with 17 in their opening game Thursday, was held to just three at the half. The Aggies big rebounder in that game – Kourtney Roberson – had only one in the opening 20 minutes against the Cougars, and two for the game.

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Aggie Men’s Basketball to Play College of Charleston Friday at 11 a.m. on Zone 1150

The Texas A&M men’s basketball team will play the College of Charleston in the second round of the Puerto Rico Tip-off Friday at 11 a.m. at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Aggies fell in the waning seconds to Dayton in the first round, 55-53. The Cougars, meanwhile, were defeated by defending champion Connecticut, 65-57. Broadcast for the game will be on Sportsradio 1150 the Zone with Dave South providing the play-by-play and Mike Caruso doing the color commentary.

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Aggies Host Arizona Friday in NCAA Second Round Action on WTAW

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies look to advance to the Sweet 16 for the 13th time in program history, and the third consecutive season as they host the Arizona Wildcats at Ellis Field on Friday evening.

The tilt is a rematch of a game played on September 5 in Tempe, Arizona. The squads played to a 2-2 tie with Bianca Brinson grabbing the contest from the jaws of defeat on a goal with 33 seconds remaining in the second half.

The Aggies are looking to extend numerous substantial streaks, including a five-match win streak, a four-match shutout streak, a six-match NCAA Championship home win streak and an 11-match undefeated (10-0-1) streak.

The Aggies sported impressive numbers on the season to earn their first-ever No. 1 seed. Prior to the start of the NCAA Championship, A&M led the nation with 16 wins over RPI Top 100 opponents, while no other squad posted more than 13. The Maroon and White were also just one of four teams with nine or more wins over RPI Top 50 opponents.

Texas A&M is the first team since Florida in 2001 to claim the SEC Double in back-to-back seasons with regular-season and tournament crowns the last two seasons.

Arizona earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship, the Wildcats’ third appearance in the tournament and the first since they advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2006. Arizona advanced to the second round with a 1-0 win over the Oklahoma State Cowgirls last Friday in Stillwater. The Wildcats have racked up travel miles recently, playing seven of their last nine matches on the road.

A&M STUDENT TICKET SPECIAL
Due to the kindness of the Aggie Soccer Club, Texas A&M students who present their ID at the student entrance will receive free admission to Friday evening’s contest.

TICKETS
Tickets can be purchased online at www.AggieAthletics.com, in person at the Zone at Kyle Field box office, or over the phone at 1-888-99-AGGIE. Tickets purchased on-line or over the phone will be delivered via Flash Seats. The card used for purchase of tickets will be swiped at the gate for admission. Check 12thMan.com for all-session pricing. Fans may purchase reserved tickets for $18 (West Midfield), $15 (West Sideline) or $9 (West Goal Line), or can buy general admission tickets for $7 (Adult) or $3 (Youth or Student). Children two-and-under will be admitted free.

PARKING
Due to a premier event being held at Reed Arena on Friday, there will be a $5 parking fee for attendees who do not possess a TAMU parking permit.

FOLLOW THE ACTION
Friday’s match will have video streaming available to SEC Network subscribers via SEC Network Plus on the WatchESPN app and ESPN3.com. Live stats for the match will be on NCAA.com. The match airs on WTAW 1620 AM in College Station.

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AGGIES AMONG WINNINGEST SQUADS IN 21ST CENTURY
Texas A&M ranks sixth among all NCAA Division I teams in victories between 2000-14 with 259. The Aggies trail only North Carolina (310), Notre Dame (294), UCLA (289), Penn State (274) and Stanford (260). Florida State also has 259 wins since 2000.

NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
The Aggies are playing in their 20th consecutive NCAA Championship, one of five teams to play in each of the last 19 tournaments. The other schools to make it to every tournament since 1995 are North Carolina (1982-2014), Notre Dame (1993-2014), Virginia (1994-2014) and Penn State (1995-2014).

A&M is 28-19-4 (.588) all-time in the NCAA Championship. The Aggies have appeared in the Sweet 16 on 12 occasions and advanced to the Elite Eight four times.

Since 1999, Texas A&M has made 11 Sweet Sixteen appearances which is tied with Stanford for fifth in the nation for highest total during that span. The Aggies trail only North Carolina (16), UCLA (15), Virginia (14), and Florida State (13) over that stretch.

Sweet 16 – 1995, ‘99, 2000, ‘01, ‘02 ‘03, ‘05, ‘06, ‘08, ‘09, ‘12, ‘ 13
Elite Eight – 2001, ‘02, ‘06, ‘08

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP ACTION AT ELLIS FIELD
The Aggies have been a tough opponent to handle in NCAA Championship action at Ellis Field. A&M owns a 21-4-1 (.827) and the Maroon and White have advanced to the next round on 22 of 26 opportunities when playing on the friendly confines. The Aggies lost two of the first three NCAA Championship games at Ellis Field, against San Diego (5-3) in 1997 and SMU (1-0) in 1998. Since 1999, A&M has gone 20-2-1 (.891) and the Maroon and White have won their last six NCAA Championship matches at Ellis Field and 12 of their last 13. The last NCAA Championship loss for the Aggies at Ellis Field came against Texas (3-2) in 2007.

ADVANCING TO GOOD COMPANY
Texas A&M has advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship in each of their last 17 appearances. It marks the fourth-longest active streak behind only North Carolina (33), Virginia (21) and UCLA (18). The Maroon and White have gone 15-0-2 during the span, advancing on PKs in 2003 (vs. SMU) and 2010 (vs. North Dakota State)

PENALTY KICK HISTORY
With their penalty kick shootout against Texas Tech in last season’s NCAA Championship second round, the Aggies came out on the top end of their ninth consecutive shootout. Six of the nine advances have come in NCAA Tournament play, including the 2002 NCAA Sweet 16 in which A&M scored a decision against UCLA despite not recording a shot in the 110 minutes of game action. Rachel Lenz made a penalty kick in each of the last four shootouts, including the 2010 Big 12 Quarterfinal against Colorado, NCAA First Round against North Dakota State, 2011 Big 12 Quarterfinal against Kansas and Friday’s NCAA Second Round against Texas Tech.

Three current Aggies took part in last year’s shootout against Texas Tech with Allie Bailey making the opening kick, followed by successful attempts by Meghan Streight and Kristi Leonard as A&M advanced 5-3.

In the 2011 Big 12 Quarterfinal against Kansas, Bailey, Annie Kunz and Streight started the Aggies’ out with three straight makes en route to prevailing 5-3.

LAST TIME OUT – HOUSTON BAPTIST
The Aggies struck early and often in a 5-0 win over the Houston Baptist Huskies in an NCAA Championship first match at Ellis Field. Kelley Monogue scored in the fourth minute and added a goal in the 11th minute as the Maroon and White coasted to the victory. The seniors accounted for all 14 points for the Aggies, including five goals and four assists. The Aggies outshot the Huskies 34-3, including a 19-1 edge in shots-on-goal. Three netminders combined on the shutout with Jordan Day playing the entire first half, Renee McDermott playing the first 30 minutes of the second half and Taylor Saucier making her first career appearance with the final 15 minutes of the match.

DO-OVERS
Friday’s match marks the fourth time in the last five contests that the Aggies will be facing a squad they played earlier in the season. All three of A&M’s games in the SEC Tournament were against squads they faced during the regular-season. A&M combined to beat Georgia, South Carolina and Kentucky by a combined 5-0 margin to win the SEC Tournament title after going 2-0-1 against the squads in the regular-season. The Aggies only outscored the three teams 6-4 in the regular-season, including a 2-2 tie against South Carolina. A&M and Arizona played to a 2-2 in a neutral site game played in Tempe (110 miles from Tucson) on September 5.

RECORD SETTING SENIORS
The Aggies sport one of the most impactful senior classes to ever grace a collegiate soccer field with Allie Bailey, Bianca Brinson, Jordan Day, Leigh Edwards, Shea Groom, Annie Kunz, Renee McDermott, Kelley Monogue and Meghan Streight. The seniors are 72-18-7 over the last four years, equaling the school record of 72 set by the 2002 seniors.

Texas A&M’s nine seniors account for 573 of the possible 1,067 starts over their career, a rate of 53.7 percent. The tally includes 90 of 264 starts (.341) in their freshman campaign of 2011, 138 of 275 starts (.502) in 2012, 177 of 275 starts (.643) in 2013 and 168 of 253  (.664) starts this season.

The corps of seven field players has served to deliver a bulk of the payload the last four seasons, accounting for 187 of the 244 goals (.766). This season, the seniors have scored 52 of the 59 goals (.881). As freshmen they scored 52 of A&M’s 76 goals (.684) and accounted for 37 of 48 (.771) in 2012 and 41 of 56 (.732) in 2013. The class has registered 122 of the Aggies’ 236 assists (.517), with the most impactful year coming this season with 38 of 52 assists (.731). The point tally for their career stands at 496 of A&M’s 724 (.685).

Day and McDermott have combined for all but 32 minutes in goal the four years, accounting for all 97 starts.

WINNING
The Aggies are guaranteed they will finish the season with a winning record. A&M has finished with a winning record in all of its previous 21 seasons. The closest the Aggies have finished to the .500 mark is the 14-8 (.636) record they posted in 1998.

CONFERENCE WINNING
The Aggies have finished with a winning record in league play in all 19 years it was aligned with a conference. The closest the Aggies have finished to the .500 mark in league play is the 5-3-2 (.600) record they posted in Big 12 play in 2003. In 19 seasons of league action, A&M has finished first or second in the conference standings on 16 occasions with the other finishes coming in 1998 (3rd Big 12 – 7-2) and 2003 (5th Big 12 – 5-3-2).

GUERRIERI RANKS AMONG THE NATION’S WINNINGEST COACHES
Texas A&M head coach G Guerrieri ranks among the leaders in winning percentage and victories among active Division I coaches. With a career record of 391-120-29 (.751), he ranks fifth in victories and sixth in winning percentage (minimum five years as a Division I head coach). Guerrieri ranks sixth all-time among NCAA Division I coaches in victories, trailing North Carolina’s Anson Dorrance (778), Connecticut’s Len Tsantiris (525), Florida’s Becky Burleigh (434), Santa Clara’s Jerry Smith (424) and Randy Waldrum (400), who left Notre Dame in the off-season to become head coach of the Houston Dash of the NWSL.

MONOGUE CLIMBING THE CAREER POINTS LIST
Kelley Monogue currently ranks fifth on the Aggies’ career points list with 120. Against LSU, Monogue scored a goal to pass Kristen Strutz (104 – 2000-03) for fifth place on the list. She has a bit of work to do to catch Nicky Thrasher (140 – 1997-2001) for fourth place on the list. Ashlee Pistorius (2004-07) owns the school record with 194 points followed by Bryn Blalack (1994-197) with 192. During her healthiest campaign, Monogue logged 47 points as a freshman in 2011. Recovering from a knee injury in 2012, the McKinney, Texas native logged 20 points. Last season, she registered 17 points as she still felt the effects of the earlier ailment.

GROOM CLIMBING THE CAREER POINTS LIST
Shea Groom currently ranks seventh on the Aggies’ career points list with 103. In A&M’s 1-0 against Kentucky, Groom became the ninth player in school history to reach the 100-point plateau. She needs one more point to tie Kristen Strutz (104 – 2000-03) for sixth place on the list.

MONOGUE CLIMBING THE CAREER GOALS LIST
With her goal against Illinois State, Kelley Monogue became the fifth player in school history to log 40 career goals. She is now up to 48 goals at Texas A&M. The McKinney native trails only Ashlee Pistorius (81 – 2004-07), Bryn Blalack (79 – 1994-97), Nicky Thrasher (57 – 1997-2001) and Kristen Koop (55 – 1993-96). Monogue was A&M’s leading goal scorer as a freshman with 19 tallies in 2011. She added 10 in 2012 and six in 2013.

GROOM AND KUNZ CLIMBING THE CAREER GOALS LIST
Shea Groom tallied a goal in the NCAA Championship first round match to move into sixth place on A&M’s career goals list with 40. Annie Kunz enters the match with 38 career goals, which ranks eighth on A&M’s career list. She trails Melissa Garey (39 – 2004-07) by just one goal for seventh place. Groom was limited by injury in her freshman campaign, with six goals in just 10 matches and added five as a sophomore, but she’s come on strong the last two seasons with 14 goals in 2013 and eight this year. Kunz tallied 14 goals as a freshman and 13 as a sophomore. Hampered by an injury that held her out of four games and limited her to a reserve role most of the 2013 campaign, Kunz managed just five goals in 2013.

SERIES VS. ARIZONA
The lone meeting in the series was a 2-2 draw earlier this season. Gabi Stoian drew first blood in the 38th minute, but Bianca Brinson knotted the game up with 2:08 remaining in the first half. Hayley Estopare put Arizona back in the lead on a free kick in the 84th minute. With 33 seconds remaining in the match, Brinson scored her second goal of the match to tie the contest and send it to overtime. The Aggies got six shots off in the OT periods, but Arizona netminder Gabby Kaufman made four saves. For the contest, A&M owned a 24-16 edge in shots, including 13-7 in shots on goal, but Kaufman put forth a heroic effort with 11 saves.

SCOUTING ARIZONA
Arizona earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship, posting a 10-7-2 overall record in the regular-season, including 4-6-1 in the Pac 12. The Wildcats got off to a great start to the season, going 9-2-1 in the first 12 matches, but they’ve stumbled down the stretch going 2-5-1 in the last eight matches, getting outscored 17-7. Since October 10, the Wildcats have played seven of nine matches on the road, including matches at Washington State, Washington, UCLA, Utah, Colorado, Arizona State and Oklahoma State.

Gabi Stoian accounts for 37.5 percent of Arizona’s offense with 13 goals and seven assists. Alexandra Doller is the only other Wildcat with double digits in the points column on seven goals and two assists.

Gabby Kaufman has played all but 91 seconds in 2014. She has seven shutouts and a 1.27 goals-against average.

The Wildcats played in the NCAA Tournament on two prior occasions, losing in the first round in 2004 and advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2005.

SAME, BUT DIFFERENT
Texas A&M and Arizona played to a 2-2 draw on September 5. Friday’s match is being played 77 days later under weather conditions that figure to be at least 30 degrees cooler than the mid-90s temperatures of the first battle. The contest will be played in College Station, rather than Tempe (110 miles from Tucson), 1,100 miles to the West.

A&M also figures to have the services of two-time All-SEC netminder Jordan Day who missed the first contest as a part of a 12-game span in which she was out of action due to injury. Since her return, the Aggies have gone 9-0-1 in games she has appeared in, including 6-0-0 in games she has started. On the year, Day owns a 0.38 goals-against average and posted three consecutive shutouts at the SEC Tournament.

In the prior match, Karlie Mueller (22 minutes) and Annie Kunz (46 minutes) saw limited action recovering from injury/illness.

CHALLENGING NON-CONFERENCE SLATE
The non-conference slate was one of the toughest on record for the Aggies. All eight opponents finished in the Top 100 in the final RPI last season, with Arizona being the lowest rated team at 83. Marquette (6), UCF (13), Stephen F Austin (51), Arizona State (60), Illinois State (66), Florida Gulf Coast (67), Dayton (70) and Arizona finished last season with an average RPI of 52 compared to last year’s eight non-conference opponents owning an average RPI of 101.

FACING CHAMPIONS
Texas A&M’s non-conference schedule was challenging with six of the eight opponents having won their league’s regular-season title in 2013. The Aggies went 6-0 against the champions, outscoring the crop, 17-5. The defending league champions on the non-conference slate included Dayton (Atlantic 10), Stephen F. Austin (Southland), UCF (The American), Illinois State (Missouri Valley), FGCU (Atlantic Sun) and Marquette (Big East). All six teams were selected to repeat as 2014 champions in their league’s respective preseason coaches’ polls. The two non-conference opponents who did not win conference titles last year are Arizona and Arizona State, who both finished in the middle of the powerhouse Pac 12 Conference that produced national champion UCLA.

AGGIES EXTEND 15-WIN SEASON STRETCH TO 11 YEARS
With their win in the regular-season finale against Georgia, the Aggies posted their 11th consecutive 15-win season dating back to 2004. In their first 22 seasons, the only two years the Aggies have not reached the 15-win plateau are 1998 (14-8) and 2003 (13-6-3). The school record for victories stands at 20, set in 2002 with a 20-5-1 mark.

NEARING A PROGRAM RECORD WIN TOTAL
With their 19-2-2 record, the Aggies are nearing a program record for wins. The Aggies finished 20-5-1 in 2002, a season in which they advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight. In 2002, teams were credited with wins if they prevailed in a penalty kick shootout situation. A&M won two penalty kick shootouts during the 2002 NCAA Championship.

AGED ARSENAL
142 of the Aggies’ 170 points and 52 of the 59 goals this season have been scored by seniors. Shea Groom (15), Kelley Monogue (13), Bianca Brinson (9), Allie Bailey (6), Annie Kunz (6), Meghan Streight (2) and Leigh Edwards (1) account for the 52 senior goals. Janae Cousineau (6) and Haley Pounds (1) have accounted for the seven goals not scored by seniors.

NIP-AND-TUCK
Over the last two years the Aggies have fared well in tightly contest matches, going 19-4-4 in matches decided by one goal or less. This year, in regular-season action, A&M has posted one-goal wins over Dayton (4-3), Stephen F. Austin (1-0), Florida Gulf Coast (2-1), Ole Miss (2-1), Kentucky (2-1), Arkansas (2-1) and Georgia (2-1), but played Arizona (2-2) and South Carolina (2-2) to draws and suffered a 2-1 defeat at Arizona State and 1-0 loss to Florida. The Maroon and White won their SEC Tournament semifinal match, 1-0, against South Carolina and their title match, 1-0, against Kentucky.

In 2013, Texas A&M played 14 matches decided by one goal or less, posting a 10-2-2 record in those contests. Nine of the Aggies’ last 10 wins were decided by one goal, including three victories at the SEC Tournament and their NCAA Championship first round win against Utah. A&M’s only blemishes in close matches were 1-0 losses against Duke and Tennessee and a 0-0 draw against Baylor. The Aggies also played to a 2-2 draw against Texas Tech in the NCAA Championship second round, but advanced to the third round on penalty kicks.

SET PIECE SUCCESS
21 of the Aggies’ 59 goals this season have come on set pieces, including 10 corner kicks, eight free kicks, two throw-ins and one penalty kick. The Maroon and White scored their lone goals in both 1-0 wins of the SEC Semifinal and Final on corner kicks. A&M scored on a corner kick in each of the first four matches of the season. In their SEC opener, Shea Groom scored off a free kick and a throw-in en route to her second career hat trick.

HIGH-SCORING TRIO
The Aggies’ roster boasts three of the 25 active players with 90 or more career points. Kelley Monogue ranks sixth among all active players with 120 points. Shea Groom ranks 16th with 103 points. Annie Kunz reports in at 21st with 93 points. The only other squads with multiple players on the list is Virginia (Morgan Brian – 115; Makenzy Doniak – 112) and Hofstra (Sam Scolarici – 108; Leah Galton – 92).

SHE’LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT
Bianca “B.B.” Brinson has a pair of last minute goals this season that have altered the results of Aggie games. In A&M’s 2-2 tie against Arizona, Brinson scored her second goal of the match with 33 seconds remaining as the Maroon and White staved off defeat. In the Aggies’ home match against Kentucky, Brinson tallied a goal with 52 second remaining to send A&M to a 2-1 victory. She also scored the game-winning goal in A&M’s 1-0 win over No. 17 South Carolina in the SEC Tournament semifinal match with 3:20 left in the second half.

THE NCAA’S MOST EXPERIENCED SQUAD
The Aggies boast one of the most experienced squad in the nation for 2014. Currently, Texas A&M has six of the top 11 active players in terms of matches played. Allie Bailey and Meghan Streight enter the NCAA Championship second round match tied for third among all active players with 97 matches. Kelley Monogue is in sixth place with 96 matches under her belt and Leigh Edwards ranks seventh with 95 matches. Annie Kunz and Bianca Brinson are tied for 10th place with 93 matches. Meghan Streight’s 97starts leads all active players.

                                Active Leaders, Matches Played
                1.            Kristin Grubka, Florida State – 99
                2.            Jamia Fields, Florida State – 98
                3.            Allie Bailey, Texas A&M – 97
                                Meghan Streight, Texas A&M – 97
                                Whitney Church, Penn State – 97
                6.            Kelley Monogue, Texas A&M – 96
                7.            Leigh Edwards, Texas A&M – 95
                                Danielle Colaprico, Virginia – 95
                                Emily Hurd, Penn State – 95
                10.          Bianca Brinson, Texas A&M – 93
                                Annie Kunz, Texas A&M – 93

Despite missing 12 games and 18 starts due to injury this season, Jordan Day ranks eighth among all active goalkeepers in minutes played with 6,977.

RPI NOTES
The Aggies entered the NCAA Championship with a No. 3 ranking in the RPI released by the NCAA on November 9. Prior to the NCAA Championship, twenty of A&M’s 22 opponents were in the top 100, including 13 in the Top 50. The Aggies were 16-2-2 against RPI Top 100 squads and 9-2-2 against RPI Top 50. Texas A&M led the country with 16 wins against RPI Top 100 squads and A&M was one of just four teams with nine or more wins against the RPI Top 50 (Stanford 10, Texas A&M 9, UCLA 9, West Virginia).

 

Texas A&M (1), Penn State (1) and Oklahoma State (0) were the only three teams to play fewer than two teams ranked outside the RPI Top 150.

MONOGUE AMONG TOP ACTIVE PLAYERS IN GOALS SCORED
Kelley Monogue enters the NCAA Championship second round ranked eighth among all active players in goals scored with 48. Illinois State’s Rachel Tejada leads the nation with 74, followed by Winthrop’s Krystyna Freda with 63 and LaSalle’s Kelsey Haycook with 60. Seattle’s Stephanie Verdoia ranks fourth with 51 goals followed by Hofstra’s Sam Scolarici and Furman’s Stephanie DeVita with 50. Stephen F. Austin’s Chelsea Raymond is seventh with 49. Scolarici, DeVita and Raymond’s seasons have ended.

ONE-TWO PUNCH
The Aggies boast one of the most prominent one-two scoring punches in the nation this season. Kelley Monogue has 36 points on the season, followed by Shea Groom  with 35 points. Monogue’s point tally ranks second in the SEC and 22nd in the nation while Groom ranks third in the SEC and 26th in the nation. A&M is one of two teams in the nation with two players tallying at least 35 points, joined by East Tennessee State.

Monogue has 13 goals and 10 assists on the year. The 10 assists rank second in the SEC and 27th in the nation and the 13 goals rank third in the SEC and 35th in the nation. Groom has 15 goals on the season, ranked second in the SEC and 22nd in the nation.

OFFENSE EVERYWHERE
In what could be described as the most dizzying offensive attack in the nation, Texas A&M ranks fifth in the nation in goals (59), but the Aggies are the only team in the nation to boast six different players with at least six goals on the season. Shea Groom leads the attack, ranking second in the SEC and 22nd in the nation with 15 goals. Kelley Monogue checks in at No. 35 nationally with 13 goals. Bianca Brinson has a career-high nine goals on the season, including three in the last four matches. Annie Kunz, Allie Bailey and Janae Cousineau each have six goals on the season.

40-20 CLUB
There are nine active NCAA Division I players with 40 or more goals and 20 or more assists for their career and Texas A&M boasts two of them. Kelley Monogue has 48 goals and 24 assists and Shea Groom has 40 goals and 23 assists. The Aggies are the only squad with multiple players on the list.

DAY CLIMBING CAREER WINS LIST
Jordan Day enters the weekend with a career record of 56-16-6 (.756). She ranks third on the Aggies’ career list for goalkeeper victories, trailing only Kati Jo Spisak, who owns the school record with her 69-21-6 mark from 2002-05, and Melanie Wilson who logged 66 wins from 1996-99.

AGGIES NOTCH THEIR 200th WIN AT ELLIS FIELD
With their 2-1 win over Kentucky, the Aggies notched their 200th win at Ellis Field. Texas A&M owns a 203-30-6 (.862) all-time record at Ellis Field (formerly Aggie Soccer Stadium). The Maroon and White have called the field home since the 1994 season, playing the inaugural 1993 season at Old Tiger Field. Since 2005, the Aggies have registered a 103-14-6 (.862) mark on the friendly pitch. Texas A&M is 210-30-6 (.866) all-time in College Station, going 7-0-0 in their one season at Old Tiger Field.

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT SUCCESS
The Aggies have a tradition of success at conference tournaments with an overall mark of 30-11-4 in league tournaments, winning seven conference tournament crowns, including back-to-back SEC titles.

A&M posted a 23-10-4 record at the Big 12 Championship and won the title in five of the tournament’s first 16 years. The Aggies won titles in 1997, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2011.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP SCORING
A&M’s Active Leading Scorers in NCAA Championship play
Annie Kunz – 10 points (4 goals, 2 assists)
Kelley Monogue – 8 points (4 goals)
Shea Groom – 8 points (2 goals, 4 assists)
Allie Bailey – 4 points (2 goals)
Meghan Streight – 4 points (2 goals)
Bianca Brinson – 4 points (1 goal, 2 assists)
Janae Cousineau – 1 point (1 assist)

AGGIES RIDING 11-MATCH UNBEATEN STRING
Texas A&M enters Friday night’s match on an 11-match unbeaten string, going 10-0-1 during the stretch. The Aggies were exactly one minute from an 11-match win streak as the Maroon and White allowed the game-tying goal to South Carolina with 1:00 showing on the clock in the second half.

Following a 1-0 loss to Florida on October 3, the Aggies rattled off five consecutive wins. The Maroon and White and South Carolina played to a 2-2 draw on October 26, before A&M strung together their current five-game win streak that includes three matches at the SEC Tournament and the NCAA Championship first round win.

During the 11-match stretch, A&M has outscored opponents 30-8. The span has seen a balanced scoring attack with five players averaging at least 1.00 points per game during the stretch. Bianca Brinon leads the way with 17 points on six goals and five assists. Annie Kunz and Kelley Monogue each have 15 points on five goals and five assists. Janae Cousineau, who has missed the last two matches, has 13 points on six goals and one assist. Shea Groom has logged 11 points on four goals and three assists.

AGGIES RIDING FOUR-MATCH SHUTOUT STREAK
Entering Friday’s action, the Aggies own a four-match shutout streak, including all three games at the SEC Tournament and last Friday’s 5-0 win over Houston Baptist in the first round of the NCAA Championship. Texas A&M has not given up a goal in the last 382:25 of action.

Jordan Day logged complete-game shutouts in the Aggies three SEC Tournament wins. The tally raised Day’s career total to 32, which ranks third among active players and tied the A&M school record. In 2012, Day set the A&M single-season shutout mark with 14 and she tied the SEC school record with seven consecutive shutouts.

PLAYING THE FIELD
Texas A&M played a bold schedule in 2014 and as a result they faced 12 of the 64 teams in the NCAA Championship field for a total of 15 matches, going 11-2-2. The challenging slate had A&M playing eventual NCAA Championship participants in six of their eight non-conference matches.

UP NEXT
The winner advances to face either Notre Dame or Texas on November 23 in an NCAA Division I Championship third round match at Ellis Field.

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Aggie Men’s Basketball Falls in Final Second to Dayton, 55-53

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Dayton’s Devon Scott tipped in a missed layup with 1 second remaining and the Flyers held on to beat Texas A&M 55-53 Thursday in the opening game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

The Aggies’ Alex Caruso got off a 3-pointer as time expired, but it bounced off the side of the rim.

Dyshawn Pierre led Dayton with 14 points. Kyle Davis added 10 for the Flyers (2-0), who were outrebounded 48-25 by the Aggies, including 24-4 on offense.

Texas A&M didn’t help itself, committing 21 turnovers that led to 20 Dayton points.

Caruso led the Aggies with 17 points. Kourtney Roberson had 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Neither team built more than a six-point advantage in the second half and Dayton’s Jordan Sibert connected on a pair of free throws to tie the game with less than a minute to play.

Caruso then had a layup attempt blocked on the Aggies’ next possession, setting up Scott’s eventual winner.

Play was sloppy on both sides during the first half, and neither team shot above 36 percent from the field.

The Aggies enjoyed a 28-10 rebounding edge at half and were up 8 at one point. But the Flyers were able to stay in the game thanks to 15 Texas A&M turnovers.


 

TEAM RECORDS & SERIES NOTES

● Texas A&M fell to 1-1 on the season, it marks the first time a Billy Kennedy coached A&M team failed to start a season 2-0.

● Dayton now leads the all-time series 2-0, the previous match up was in 1999 in Dayton.

TEAM NOTES

● The Aggies were an impressive 11-for-24 from the floor in the second half, bringing their overall shooting percentage to 34.6 on the day.

● After failing to make a three-pointer in the first 20 minutes, the Aggies bounced back to make three of four in the second half.

● The maroon and white controlled the boards, outrebounding the Flyers 47-26 on the day. Thursday’s game marked the first time A&M outrebounded an opponent by 20 or more since their first-ever SEC game against Arkansas(W, 69-51, Jan. 9, 2013, 51-27 rebounds)

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

● Senior Kourtney Roberson set a career-high with 15 rebounds, 10 on the offensive glass. The Louisiana native notched his eighth career double-double with 12 points on the day.

● Junior Alex Caruso paced the maroon and white attack with 17 points, 14 of which came after half time. Caruso scored eight of A&M’s first nine points in the second period.

● Junior Antwan Space collected nine rebounds off the bench in 20 minutes of action.

● Junior Jalen Jones filled up the stat sheet with eight points, seven rebounds, two steals and one block.

FIRST HALF NOTES

● The A&M defense held Dayton off the scoreboard for the first 2:35 before Scoochie Smith made a free-throw. The Flyers missed their first five shots from the floor.

● The Aggies owned the boards in the first half, grabbing 28 rebounds to Dayton’s 10 through the first 20 minutes of action. Roberson led both teams with 11 rebounds at the break.

UP NEXT

● Texas A&M will face off with the loser of the UConn/College of Charleston game at 11:00 a.m. (CT) Friday in the consolation bracket of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off … the Tournament concludes on Sunday.


 

Head Coach Billy Kennedy, Texas A&M

“We need to execute better, especially in special situations like today. I have to a better job getting our team prepared for situations like we faced today in a very hard-fought game. Some little things like that. You get that many offensive rebounds like we did today you have to score. I thought we missed a lot of layups and scoring opportunities. They are a good, tough, physical team and they make you earn every bucket. Little things—missed free throws, we have to do a better job finishing and Dayton did it today.”

“We had so many opportunities to score layups and when you get to this level you just have to be able to put them in the basket. Offensively we moved the ball and we got to the rim but we didn’t finish our second chances. It was a hard-fought, physical game with a lot of bumping and grinding going on and a lot of fouls called. Getting in foul trouble hurt us especially with a lack of depth on the perimeter. They found a way to win. We did all the tough things to win, we just have to get better and I think these guys can and I think that they will.”

Head Coach Archie Miller, Dayton

“To play our second game of the year at a neutral site traveling against a very good opponent we know it would be a hard-fought game and that’s exactly what it was today. Playing against Texas A&M, I thought our defense did what it is predominantly supposed to do. We competed very, very hard and caused some turnovers. Deflection reactiveness really saved us because our lack of rebounding and offensive fluidness wasn’t there. I have been saying it, but we’re a work in progress.

“It’s going to take us some time to really figure out who we are. But one thing I do know is that the experienced guys on our team are battled tested and have been in that situation a ton and you could tell down the stretch we were mentally really into it. Kyle (Davis) in particular the reason he is sitting here (in the post-game media conference) because he had a couple special bursts, especially in the last eight minutes of the first half that really saved us and kept us in the game. For many moments we couldn’t have him off of the floor, it is a credit to him and to how he has practiced. If we can get some other guys playing up to their potential, you’ll see a better Dayton team out there.”

“At the end Scoochie (Smith) got a good pass crossed out and had a straight line to the basket and usually what beats you if the basket doesn’t go is a put back and Devon (Scott) was there at the end and tapped one home for the win. To be honest with you Devon hasn’t been playing the way he has been in particular in rebounding the ball. Once we watch the film and see what was really going on out there we’ll figure it out and move forward. Devon is very important to us, but everybody is important to us. Every guy on this team has to play at a high level for us to succeed.””

Kyle Davis, sophomore Guard, Dayton

“We have been pushing and pushing to get better and stay focused. Every time in practice, we preach defense, defense, defense. If our offense isn’t working, one thing we know is that our defense will be working. If I am working hard and everybody sees I’m working hard, my team will get on the bandwagon and help me out and that’s what happened today. We really helped each other out. We had a very poor game offensively, but we didn’t quiet and pulled it out at the very end.”

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A&M Volleyball Knocks Off Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Texas A&M defeated Arkansas 25-17, 25-19, 19-25, 25-20 tonight at Barnhill Arena, avenging a loss to the Razorbacks earlier this season and earning a split in the season series.

Sophomore middle blocker Jazzmin Babers, who leads the SEC in hitting percentage, paced the Aggies with 13 kills in 17 attempts without an error for a .765 hitting efficiency. Babers also pitched in a match-high eight blocks as A&M outblocked the Razorbacks, 11 to 5.5.

Junior middle blocker Shelby Sullivan and freshman opposite hitter Ashlie Reasor also had double figures in kills for the Aggies with 11 and 10, respectively. Freshman libero Amy Nettles and junior outside hitter Angela Lowak led in digs with 13 and 10, respectively, and freshman setter Stephanie Aiple dished out 41 assists as A&M outhit Arkansas .331 to .189 for the match.

It is the third consecutive win for the Aggies, tying their longest winning streak in SEC play this season. A&M, which has three matches remaining in the regular season, improves to 18-8 overall, including 10-5 in SEC play, equaling its number of conference wins in 2013.

Arkansas, which was attempting to move into a tie for fifth place with the Aggies in the SEC standings and also was aiming to set a season high four-match win streak, drops to 14-14 overall and 8-7 in SEC matches.

A&M used a 5-0 run, including two kills and two blocks from Babers, to go up 14-6 in the first set. The Aggies went on to build their largest lead at 17-8 as Sullivan and Reasor teamed for a block, but Arkansas began to rally. The Razorbacks got within 20-17 but quickly trailed off, committing four attack errors as A&M closed out the set on a 5-0 run.

The Aggies, who outhit Arkansas .333 to .029 in the opening set, hit .364 in the second set to take a 2-0 lead. A&M began to pull away, taking a 13-6 lead following back-to-back kills by Reasor and Babers. The Razorbacks scored four unanswered points to get within 13-10 before a Babers kill began a 7-1 run to put the Aggies up, 20-11. Arkansas rallied again, scoring four straight points to get within 20-15. The Razorbacks had cut the lead to 21-17 when Sullivan tipped the ball over for a kill and Arkansas’ Meredith Hays, the conference leader in kills per set, committed an error to put the Maroon and White up, 23-17. The teams exchanged kills for the remainder of the frame, with Lowak getting a kill down the line to close out the 25-19 win and give the Aggies a 2-0 lead.

Arkansas, which was outhit .364 to .212 in the second set, outhit A&M, .355 to .250 in the third set to avoid the sweep. A&M was within 11-10 when the Razorbacks went on a 6-1 run, building their biggest lead of the match at 17-11. A&M twice got within two points, the last coming at 20-18. The Aggies then committed four consecutive errors to put Arkansas at set point. Emily Hardesty kept A&M alive with a kill before Arkansas’ Chanell Clark-Bibbs put down a kill to end the set.

Arkansas jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the fourth set, but A&M later used a 4-0 run to take an 11-10 lead. Arkansas managed to tie the score three times, the last at 14-14 before a Babers kill spearheaded a 6-0 A&M run. The Aggies held a 23-17 lead when Arkansas scored three to get within 23-20, and A&M coach Laurie Corbelli called a timeout. Sullivan then posted back-to-back kills coming out of the timeout to close out the victory.

Hays led the Razorbacks with 19 kills.

Texas A&M closes out its regular-season home schedule on Sunday as the Aggies play host to 2013 SEC champion Missouri. First serve is at 3 p.m. at Reed Arena, and the match will be broadcast on the SEC Network. It also will be “Senior Day”, and A&M’s lone senior, Sydney Wilhelm, will be honored following the match against the Tigers.

The Aggies will be looking to sweep the season series, having defeated Missouri, 3-1 (17-25, 25-13, 25-13, 25-16), on Nov. 2 at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo.

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No. 5 Texas A&M Women’s Basketball Remains Undefeated

COLLEGE STATION- Courtney Walker scored her 1,000th career point as No. 5 Texas A&M improved to 4-0 with a 76-55 win over Rice in a women’s basketball game at Reed Arena.

Walker, who scored 18 in the game, became the 26th Aggie to reach the 1,000-point plateau with a jumper with five seconds left before halftime, giving the Aggies a 37-27 lead at the break. Walker is the first A&M player to reach 1,000 points since Adaora Elonu on Jan. 24, 2012.

The Aggies opened the game on an 8-2 run and led for the remainder of the game against the Owls (1-1). The win was the Aggies’ 11th in their last 12 home openers, and moves the Maroon and White to 37-4 all-time in home openers.

Walker was the Aggies’ leading scorer for the sixth straight game, dating back to last season, and scored in double figures for the 17th straight game, dating back to last season.

Jordan Jones had her fourth career double-double, posting 11 points and a season-high 10 assists. Jones has scored 10+ points in three of the Aggies’ four games this season. Achiri Ade added 10 points for the Aggies.

A&M is now 4-0 for the fifth time in the last six years, and become Division I’s first team to reach 4-0 on the season.

The Aggies remain at Reed Arena for their next game, Monday, November 24thagainst Prairie View A&M. Tip is set for 7 p.m., with coverage on SEC Network Plus, only on WatchESPN.

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Aggie Men’s Basketball Opens Puerto Rico Tip-Off vs. Dayton

Aggie Basketball Game #2:

Dayton (1-0) vs. Texas A&M (1-0)

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 · 9:30 a.m. (CT)

Coliseo Roberto Clemente (10,000)

San Juan, Puerto Rico

 

TV: ESPNU (For more info – AggieAthletics.com/TV)

  Alvero Martin, Play-by-Play

Darrin Horn, Commentary

 

RADIO: Texas A&M Radio Network

  Dave South, Play-by-Play

Mike Caruso, Commentary

Local: WTAW-AM 1620 (College Station/Bryan)

 

LIVE AUDIO/STATS: AggieAthletics.com

 

 

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M men’s basketball team will get an early season test this week when it travels to San Juan, P.R., for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The eight-team event gets underway Thursday when the Aggies face Dayton at 9:30 a.m. (CT) inside Coliseo Roberto Clemente.

The contest will be nationally televised on ESPNU with Alvero Martin calling the play-by-play and Darrin Horn providing color commentary. Additionally, radio coverage will be provided on the Aggie Sports Network which can be heard locally in the Bryan/College Station area on WTAW (1620 AM).

The Aggies (1-0) officially opened their 2014-15 campaign last Friday by notching an impressive 109-68 victory over Northwestern State at Reed Arena. The contest stood out as the first time the Aggies have hit the century mark in points since putting up 110 in a five-overtime loss to Baylor on Jan. 2, 2008, as well as the first time the Aggies hit triple digits on the scoreboard in a non-overtime game since Dec. 8, 2007, against Texas State.

Balanced scoring was the Aggies’ calling card during the victory as seven Texas A&M players reached double-digit points with junior forwards Jalen Jones andAntwan Space leading the way with 16 points apiece.

The contest also saw the A&M debut of seven players including rookie Peyton Allen. The Springfield, Ill., native highlighted the group of newcomers by drawing the opening night start and hitting four 3-point baskets to contribute 12 points.

The Flyers (1-0), meanwhile, also started the season on a positive note as they picked up a 76-52 win over Alabama A&M in Dayton, Ohio, last Friday. Dayton returns 10 players from last season’s Elite Eight squad and is led by fourth-year head coach Archie Miller.

Dayton was picked third in the Atlantic-10 Conference preseason poll with senior guard Jordan Sibert (first team) and junior forward Dyshawn Pierre (second team) representing the Flyers on the preseason all-conference team.

The winner of Thursday’s Texas A&M-Dayton contest will face the victor of the College of Charleston and Connecticut game on Friday at 1:30 p.m. (CT) after the two losing teams square off at 11 a.m. (CT).

 

QUICK HITS

• The Aggies hit the road for the first time this season as they travel to San Juan, P.R., for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, which will take place at Coliseo Roberto Clemente Nov. 20-23.

• Texas A&M and Dayton kick start the event on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. (CT) with the winner moving on to face the winner of Connecticut-College of Charleston.

• During their season-opening win over Northwestern State, the Aggies featured a balanced scoring attack that saw seven players (Jalen Jones-16, Antwan Space-16,Tavario Miller-15, Peyton Allen-12, Avery Johnson-10 and Kourtney Roberson-10) hit double-digits in points.

• Additionally, the Aggies displayed great passing and ball movement against the Demons as A&M dished out 26 assists on 42 made field goals while committing only 13 turnovers … Junior Alex Caruso led the way with a game-high eight assists and no turnovers, while senior Jordan Green was credited with seven dimes without a turnover.

• Seven players (Peyton Allen, Juan Aparicio, Chris Collins, Avery Johnson Jr.,Jalen Jones, Alex Robinson and Ramon White) made their A&M debut in the season-opener … the group combined for 42 points 14 rebounds and seven assists.

• Rookie Peyton Allen hit four 3-pointers in eight long-range attempts against the Demons.

 

SERIES HISTORY VS. DAYTON (DAYTON LEADS 1-0)

• Thursday marks the second time the Aggies & Flyers have squared off on the hardwood … Dayton holds a 1-0 lead in the all-time series.

• The lone meeting in the series took place Dec. 21, 1999, when the Aggies, led by then-head coach Melvin Watkins, dropped an 81-68 decision at Dayton.

• A&M head coach Billy Kennedy has never faced the Flyers during his career as a head coach, nor has Dayton head coach Archie Miller played against the Aggies as a head coach.

• Kennedy has, however, faced Dayton as an assistant during the 2005-06 season while working at the University of Miami … The Flyers earned a 58-42 win over the Hurricanes in South Florida.

• Additionally, Miller has faced A&M as an Ohio State assistant in 2007-08 when the Aggies earned a 70-47 win over the Buckeyes during the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.

 

UP NEXT

During Friday’s second round, Texas A&M will face either College of Charleston or defending National Champion Connecticut while the losers of the opening day will square off … after an off day on Saturday, the tournament concludes Sunday.

 

AGGIES HIT THE CENTURY MARK FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE `08

The 109-point outburst during the season opener against Northwestern State not only turned heads but it also gave the Texas A&M men’s basketball program its first 100-point game since the 2007-08 campaign.

It was the first time the Aggies have hit the century mark since scoring 110 points in a five-overtime loss to Baylor on Jan. 2, 2008, as well as the first time the Aggies hit triple digits on the scoreboard in a non-overtime game since Dec. 8, 2007, against Texas State.

Overall, it marked the 53rd time the Aggies have scored 100 points or more in program history and the ninth time they have done it at Reed Arena.

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Aggie Women’s Swimming & Diving Vaults to Top Spot in CSCAA Poll

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team vaulted to the top spot in the College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Div. I Team Ranking on the eve of the start of the Aggies’ fall invitational, the Art Adamson Invitational.

It’s the second time in program history that the Aggies have climbed to No. 1 in the CSCAA poll, which is not designed to predict the results of the NCAA Championship, but rather which teams would win head-to-head against other teams in the country. The Aggies were also ranked No. 1 in the Nov. 27, 2013 edition of the CSCAA poll.

Texas A&M is 4-0 in dual meet action so far in the 2014-15 season and are in the midst of a 17-dual meet unbeaten streak that dates back to the 2013-14 season. A&M’s last loss was a 158-141 decision to Auburn in College Station on Jan. 12, 2013. The only blemish over the past 17 dual meets was a 150-150 tie with Georgia on Jan. 10, 2014. Since joining the Southeastern Conference in 2012, the Aggies have compiled a 21-1-1 overall dual meet record.

The Aggies will get a chance to prove their No. 1 ranking this weekend at the Art Adamson Invitational, which is annually one of the fastest meets in college swimming. In addition to the Texas A&M men’s and women’s squads, teams competing this weekend are the men’s and women’s programs from SMU, LSU, TCU, Arizona State, Stanford and Grand Canyon and the Boise State women’s team. Teams from the CSCAA women’s poll at the Adamson are the Aggies, No. 3 Stanford, No. 21 LSU and No. 22 SMU.

AGGIES IN THE NCAA TOP 25: The Aggies feature six swimmers that have posted 15 times ranking among the top 25 fastest in the NCAA so far this season.

50 freestyle: Sammie Bosma (No. 11, 22.72), Beryl Gastaldello (No. 16, 22.84)

100 freestyle: Sammie Bosma (No. 12, 49.71)

200 freestyle: none

500 freestyle: Sarah Henry (No. 8, 4:47.21)

1,000 freestyle: Sarah Henry (No. 3, 9:43.35)

1,650 freestyle: Colleen Konetzke (No. 13, 16:52.81)

100 backstroke: Beryl Gastaldello (No. 18, 54.18)

200 backstroke: Lisa Bratton (No. 5, 1:54.92)

100 breaststroke: Sycerika McMahon (No. 13, 1:01.43)

200 breaststroke: Sycerika McMahon (No. 8, 2:12.25)

100 butterfly: Beryl Gastaldello (No. 13, 53.81)

200 butterfly: none

200 IM: Sarah Henry (No. 7, 2:00.61), Sycerika McMahon (No. 12, 2:00.97), Lisa Bratton (No. 14, 2:01.31)

400 IM: Sarah Henry (No. 4, 4:13.11)

CSCAA NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Ranking as of November 19, 2014

1. Texas A&M

2. Georgia

3. Stanford

4. Texas

5. California

6. Auburn

7. Minnesota

8. Tennessee

9. Virginia

10. Indiana

11. Arizona

12. Michigan

13. Southern California

14. North Carolina

15. Penn State

16. Florida

17. Louisville

18. Ohio State

19. UCLA

20. NC State

21. Louisiana State

22. Southern Methodist

23. Wisconsin

24. Alabama

25. Purdue

Also receiving votes: Missouri, Florida State

CSCAA NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Team Ranking Committee

Chair: Matt Barany, University of Richmond; Dan Colella, Duke University; Roric Fink, University of Texas; Naya Higashijima, UCLA; Kristin Hill, Boise State University; Sue Novitsky, University of Illinois; Katie Robinson, Tulane; Brian Smith, University of Georgia; Suzanne Yee, Princeton University; Jeff Commings, Swimming World Magazine

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Aggie Women’s Basketball Hosts Rice in Home Opener Tonight

No. 5 Texas A&M opens its home schedule with a game against former Southwest Conference foe Rice. The Aggies are coming off the Maggie Dixon Classic tournament championship, posting a 3-0 record in Chicago, while the Owls defeated Prairie View 70-58 in their season-opener on Friday.

The game is an exclusive SEC Network Plus event, only on WatchESPN. Mike Wright and Tap Bentz will bring viewers the call on their computers, mobile phones or tablets. Fans can watch the broadcast on their computers here. Gabe Bock and Bret Dark have the call on KZNE 1150 AM in Bryan-College Station, and also on the Radio Aggieland app.

The game is Social Media Night, with the first 500 fans who come to the marketing tables and show that they like or follow Texas A&M Women’s Basketball on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter receiving an @AggieWBB lanyard. Also, the game is the much anticipated debut of human bowling at halftime.

Texas A&M guard Courtney Walker was named SEC Player of the Week for her MVP performance at the Maggie Dixon Classic, averaging 20.7 points per game to start the year. The Edmond, Okla. native needs 10 points to reach 1,000 for her career.

This is the first game of a four-game homestand for the Aggies, which is highlighted by a matchup with No. 7 Duke. The next game of the homestand is Nov. 24 against Prairie View A&M, which tips at 7 p.m. with coverage on SEC Network Plus, only on WatchESPN.

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Alabama is New Number One In College Football Poll

PLAYOFF RANKINGS
1. Alabama
2. Oregon
3. Florida State
4. Mississippi State
5. TCU
6. Ohio State
7. Baylor
8. Ole Miss
9. UCLA
10. Georgia
11. Michigan State
12. Kansas State
13. Arizona State
14. Auburn
15. Arizona
16. Wisconsin
17. Utah
18. Georgia Tech
19. Southern California
20. Missouri
21. Oklahoma
22. Clemson
23. Nebraska
24. Louisville
25. Minnesota

Story courtesy of CBS Sports

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NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson For Remainder of This Season

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ The NFL has suspended Adrian Peterson without pay for at least the rest of the season.

The league said Tuesday it informed the Minnesota Vikings running back he will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15 for violating the NFL personal conduct policy.

The NFL Players Association quickly announced its plan to appeal the punishment.

Peterson pleaded no contest Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless assault in Texas for injuries to his 4-year-old son he was disciplining. He had been on paid leave from the team since Sept. 17.

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Aug. 28 an enhanced crackdown on players involved with domestic violence.

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Blackhawks Rally in Third Period to Beat Stars 6-2

CHICAGO (AP) _ Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg each had a goal and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied with four goals in the third period to defeat the Dallas Stars 6-2 on Sunday night.

Kane connected from a sharp angle early in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie.Jonathan Toews, Versteeg, and Brandon Saad scored in a 2:55 span later in the period to put the game away.

Defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook scored in the first period as Chicago won for the third time in four games.

Dallas’ Curtis McKenzie recorded his first NHL goal and Shawn Horcoff also scored for the Stars, who have dropped two straight and won just two of their last 11 (2-7-2).

Chicago’s Corey Crawford made 22 saves and Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen finished with 41 as Chicago fired 23 shots in the third.

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Watt Dominates as Texans Down Browns 23-7

CLEVELAND (AP) _ J.J. Watt caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Mallett, dominated on defense and the Houston Texans climbed back to .500 with a 23-7 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Watt was all over the field. Along with his TD, he recorded a strip sack, made five tackles _ three for a loss _ recovered a fumble and hurried Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer into several bad throws. Watt provided more proof he’s the NFL’s best defensive player.

Mallett threw a pair of TD passes and finished with 211 yards in his first career start. The four-year veteran was promoted during the bye week after the Texans (5-5) benched Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Texans played without star running back Arian Foster because of a groin injury, but rookie Alfred Blue stepped in and gained 156 yards on a franchise-record 36 carries.

The Browns (6-4) won’t spend a second straight week atop the AFC North. They lost for just the second time in seven games, and Watt is the main reason why.

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Harden Leads Rockets past Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ James Harden scored 19 points, and the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 69-65 on Sunday night for their third consecutive victory.

Dwight Howard had 12 points and nine rebounds for Houston, and Patrick Beverley added 12 points and eight boards.

Both teams shot below 30 percent from the field.

With the score tied at 65, Harden hit a 3-pointer with Jeremy Lamb in his face with 1:19 to play. With Rockets still leading 68-65, Harden missed another contested 3 against Lamb, giving the Thunder a chance to tie.

Oklahoma City’s Reggie Jackson missed a deep 3-pointer, and Harden made one of two free throws with 4.7 seconds left to put the game away.

Jackson had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder.

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Courtney Walker Named SEC Player of the Week

COLLEGE STATION- Courtney Walker was named the SEC’s Player of the Week in women’s basketball, after earning MVP honors of the Maggie Dixon Classic in Chicago.

Walker averaged 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists while playing 112 of 120 possible minutes to lead A&M to a 3-0 record to start the season. Walker’s weekend was highlighted by a 25-point performance against No. 18 DePaul, giving the No. 5 Aggies a 76-68 victory in one of just two ranked games nationally in the sport’s opening weekend.

Walker had her 50th career double figure scoring game against New Mexico on Saturday, scoring 20 points for a second time this year. She capped the weekend with 17 points against UTPA on Sunday, her 16th straight double figure scoring game. She needs just 10 points to become the 26th Aggie with 1,000 career points.

This is Walker’s second career SEC Player of the Week honor.

The Aggies return to the court on Wednesday, November 19 inside Reed Arena, to host former Southwest Conference foe Rice at 7 p.m.

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Aggie Soccer Advances to Second ROund in NCAA’s for 17th Time

The Texas A&M Aggies advanced past the first round of the NCAA Division I Championship for the 17th consecutive season as the Maroon and White rolled to a 5-0 win over the Houston Baptist Huskies on Friday evening at Ellis Field.

Kelley Monogue led a senior group that accounted for all 14 points in the contest, including five goals and four assists. Monogue notched two goals, increasing her career tally to 48. Bianca Brinson and Shea Groom each logged one goal and one assist. Allie Bailey notched a goal and Annie Kunz notched two assists.

Monogue broke the scoring seal 3:30 into the contest as Kunz slipped her a pass in the center of the pitch eight yards out and Monogue one-timed it to the left of the keeper for the 1-0 lead.

Texas A&M lead increased to 2-0 in the 11th minute as Brinson sent a pass to Monogue near the left corner of the penalty box and the senior unleashed a shot from 15 yards out, sending it into the right side-netting.

The Maroon and White tacked on a third goal in the 24th minute. Kunz had a shot snuffed out from six-yards out, but HBU goalkeeper Patty Walrath was unable to contain the ball and Bailey pounced on the carom, putting it home for the 3-0 lead.

The Aggies dominated the offensive numbers in the first half with a 16-2 edge in shots, 9-1 advantage in shots-on-goal and a 4-1 margin in corner kicks.

A&M’s lead got huskier midway through the second half. The Aggies worked the ball around the attacking third with a string of passes that reached double-digits. Groom finally possessed the ball at the left corner of the six-yard box, beat a defender to the middle and poked a pass to Brinson who just needed a touch on the ball to score from four yards out, staking the Aggies to a 4-0 lead in the 56th minute.

The cavalcade of goals concluded in the 61st minute as Groom wrangled the ball from a defender at the top of the penalty box and charged goalward, scoring from eight yards out for the 5-0 lead.

A&M dictated the terms of play throughout the match with 34-3 edge in shots, including 19-1 in shots-on-goal. The corner kick chances also favored the Maroon and White, 10-2.

With the win, the Aggies improved to 19-2-2 and the Maroon and White are one win shy of their school record of 20 set in 2002. A&M’s string of advancing to the second round reached 17 years, the fourth-longest active streak behind North Carolina (33), Virginia (21) and UCLA (18).

Houston Baptist, playing in its first-ever NCAA Division I Championship, finished the season with a 10-7-5 record.

The Aggies logged their fourth consecutive shutout with three goalkeepers seeing action. Jordan Day played the entire first half, making A&M’s lone save of the match. Renée McDermott played the first 30 minutes of the second half and Taylor Saucier saw her first career action with 15 scoreless minutes to end the match.

Walrath went the distance in goal for HBU, making 14 saves on the evening.

The Aggies improved to 21-0-5 against in-state rivals since 2008.

Texas A&M advances to the second round where they will host Arizona in a rematch of a 2-2 draw in September. The match will be played on Friday, Nov. 21 at Ellis Field.

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Aggie Volleyball Wins In 3

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M closed out a three-match home stand with a 25-21, 25-14, 25-23 victory against Tennessee today at Reed Arena.

With the win, the Aggies improve to 17-8, including 9-5 in Southeastern Conference play with only four matches remaining in the regular season. Tennessee suffers its sixth consecutive loss and drops to 8-21 overall and 1-14 in conference matches only.

A&M sophomore setter Kaysie Shebeneck, who drew the starting nod while freshman setter Stephanie Aiple rested after making 21 consecutive starts, directed the Aggie offense to a .312 hitting percentage with 38 assists. She also pitched in on defense, tying her career high and tying for match-high honors with six blocks as A&M held the Lady Vols to a .164 hitting efficiency.

A&M freshman opposite hitter Ashlie Reasor led all players with 10 kills while hitting .381, and sophomore outside hitter Emily Hardesty and sophomore middle blocker Jazzmin Babers added nine kills apiece for the Aggies.

Babers tied Shebeneck with six blocks and led all players with 12.5 points. Freshman libero Amy Nettles had a match-high 14 digs, and Hardesty and junior outside hitter Angela Lowak added 13 and 11 digs, respectively.

A&M never trailed in the opening set and held a narrow 17-16 advantage before junior middle blocker Shelby Sullivan’s kill off the block began a 5-0 run by the Aggies. The Lady Vols would later use a 3-0 spurt to get within 23-20 before Babers got a kill from the right-side pin to put A&M at set point. The Lady Vols, who were outhit .263 to .150, stayed alive with a block, but Reasor followed with her fourth kill of the frame to close out the 25-21 win.

Tennessee held a 7-5 lead in the second set, but an attack sailed long to put A&M within 7-6. Lowak and Sullivan then recorded back-to-back kills to give the Aggies an 8-7 lead. A&M, which outhit the Lady Vols, .333 to .051 in the set, led for the remainder of the stanza, twice reeling off four unanswered points to build a 22-13 cushion. Tennessee’s Jamie Lea then put down a kill, but the Lady Vols followed with three consecutive unforced errors as A&M won the set, 25-14, and took a 2-0 lead in the match.

A&M overcame a six-point deficit and outhit Tennessee .342 to .279 in the third set to complete the sweep. The Lady Vols had pulled out to an 11-5 lead when A&M outscored Tennessee, 10-2, to go up 15-13. The teams then traded points until Tennessee scored three consecutive points to regain the lead, 20-18. In a set that saw six lead changes and nine ties overall, Lowak knotted the score for the sixth time with a kill, and Reasor followed with a kill to return the lead to the Aggies, 21-20. Tennessee tied the score at 21 and 22 before Raina Hembry got a kill to put the Lady Vols ahead, 23-22. Hardesty then came through with back-to-back kills, and Reasor followed with a kill to close out the match.

Kanisha Jimenez and Ashley Mariani led the Lady Vols with eight kills each, and Jimenez also took team-high honors in digs with 12.

A&M has a midweek match at Arkansas, as the Aggies look to avenge a loss to the Razorbacks earlier this season at Reed Arena. First serve is Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville, and the match will be broadcast on the SEC Network.

A&M returns to Reed next Sunday, Nov. 23, for its regular-season home finale against Missouri. It will be “Senior Day,” and senior outside hitter Sydney Wilhelm will be honored following the match.

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A&M Women’s Basketball Win Maggie Dixon

CHICAGO- The No. 5 Texas A&M women’s basketball team had 17 points from Maggie Dixon Classic MVP Courtney Walker, as the Aggies captured the tournament title with a 63-61 win over UTPA in McGrath-Phillips Arena on Sunday.

Walker, who averaged 20.7 points in the tournament, was named the tournament’s MVP. Jordan Jones, who had 10 points and six assists Sunday, was also named to the All-Maggie Dixon Classic team.

Achiri Ade had a career-high 16 rebounds, which led the game. She has nine career double digit rebound games.

UTPA (1-2) jumped out to a 10-2 lead, and led by as many as 12 points in the first half. The Broncs led 40-33 at halftime. The Aggies (3-0) responded immediately after the break, using an 11-2 run, sealed by a Courtney Walker jumper to take a 44-42 lead. The Broncs briefly led 46-44, but the Aggies countered with a 7-0 run to go ahead for good.

The Aggies return home to Reed Arena on November 19 to host former Southwest Conference foe Rice at 7 p.m. in the Aggie’s home opener, with coverage on SEC Network Plus, only on WatchESPN.

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