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Final

Texas A&M 72

(1-2, 1-1 away)

(11) Minnesota 88

(4-0, 3-0 home)

    2:00 PM ET, November 28, 2003

    1 2 T
    TA&M 25 4772
    #11MINN 50 3888

    Andersson leads Gophers with 18 points

    FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) -- Kadidja Andersson scored 10 of her 18 points in the second half and finished with seven rebounds, leading Minnesota (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today; No. 11 AP) to an 88-72 victory over Texas A&M at the Junkanoo Shootout on Friday.

    Texas A&M cut a 32-point deficit to 11 in the second half, but was unable to complete the comeback.

    Minnesota coach Pam Borton wanted to rest her starters in the second half, but her plan backfired. She said her players need to learn that a game is 40 minutes long and that they need to play through the final whistle.

    Minnesota's Lindsay Whalen, who had 17 points, five rebounds and six assists, made a key assist and two free throws late in the game to help stop the Aggies.

    "We just didn't play well in the second half and there is no excuse that you can make," Whalen said. "We played well enough to get the win, that is what is important, and we have to prepare for tomorrow."

    Minnesota (4-0) will play USC (1-1) on Saturday. The Trojans beat Seton Hall 70-59 on Friday.

    Toccara Williams, who scored just four points in the first half, led Texas A&M (1-2) in the second half, finishing with 22 points.

    But the Aggies dug a hole too deep. First-year Texas A&M coach Gary Blair said he was impressed by how well the Gophers played in the first half.

    "They surprised me how good they were inside," he said. "It was a layup drill out there. ... I told (my players) I don't care if we are down 60 at half, we are going to keep playing. We know we don't have a lot of pieces the other teams have, but we have a lot of heart."

    Charlette Castile scored a career-high 15 points in a reserve role for the Aggies, and Janae Derrick added eight points and six rebounds.

    The Aggies closed within 11 points with 2:26 remaining, but never got any closer.

    "It was a little scary at the end," Borton said. "We got back on our heels a little bit and we just stopped playing in the second half. ... When they did cut it to 11 it got a little scary."

    Janel McCarville shot 8-for-10 from the field and had 17 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots for the Gophers before fouling out with 6:37 remaining.

    Minnesota shot 61 percent from the field and outrebounded the Aggies 34-23.

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