2:00 PM ET, February 11, 2006
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Moreniko Atunrase poured in 19 first-half points as Texas A&M (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP) jumped out to a 19-4 lead and cruised past Nebraska 69-50 Saturday.Texas A&M (19-5, 8-3) dominated the first half, hitting 55 percent of its shots, including five of eight from three-point range and outrebounding Nebraska (12-10, 4-7) 22-8.Atunrase, who was seven of eight in the first half, scored eight in the Aggies' game-opening run. Texas A&M went up 19-4 on Takia Starks' jumper with 14:53 remaining in the half.Nebraska took advantage of Aggie turnovers to go on a 9-0 run and cut the A&M lead to 19-13 on Kelsey Griffin's short jumper with 12:54 left. That was as close as Nebraska got.Texas A&M put together a 13-2 run to go up 32-15 on Starks' 10-foot jumper with 9:43 left in the first half and led by 13 at intermission.Texas A&M went up 51-32 on Atunrase's jumper with 14:04 left. Nebraska was able to cut that margin to 13 but could get no closer in a sloppy, turnover-plagued second half. The Aggies' biggest lead was 21.Atunrase finished with 23 points. Starks had 14 points and A'Quonesia Franklin added 11 for A&M.Griffin, who had 16 of Nebraska's 30 first-half points, led the Huskers with 20. Her teammate Kiera Hardy had 10.