8:00 PM ET, March 2, 2005
COLLEGE STATION (AP) -- Annissa Hastings scored 19 points and Tiffany Jackson added 14 to lead Texas (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) to their seventh straight win, a 69-57 victory against Texas A&M on Wednesday night.The victory keeps alive Texas' hopes of at least a share of its third straight Big 12 title.A win by No. 13 Texas Tech over Baylor (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) on Thursday night would put those teams and the Longhorns in a three-way tie for the title. If Baylor wins it'll earn the title outright.Texas (20-7, 13-3) led from early in the game and outscored Texas A&M 9-0 in the first three minutes of second half to take their biggest lead of the game, 45-27.Texas A&M (14-13, 4-12) cut the lead to nine several times, including on a 3 by Charlette Castile with 5:28 remaining, but would get no closer.Texas got 13 points from Heather Schreiber and Jamie Carey had nine, including two 3s.The Aggies were led by A'Quonesia Franklin with 12 points and nine assists and Morenike Atunrase with 10 points.Carey's 3 with five seconds left in the first half capped a 7-0 run by the Longhorns and extended their halftime lead to 38-27.The Aggies got within 31-27 on an 8-2 run capped by Franklin's layup 1:46 before halftime. She was fouled on the shot but missed the free throw.Texas A&M led by 5-4 two minutes into the game before Texas scored 11 straight points, fueled by consecutive 3s by Schreiber, to take the lead for good.Texas was 15-of-25 for 60 percent shooting in the first half to just 39 percent by the Aggies.The win gives Texas at least 20 victories for the sixth straight season.