COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Morenike Atunrase had 18 points
and seven steals to lead No. 14 Texas A&M to a 72-48 win over
Pepperdine on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
Atunrase was 8-of-8 from the line and had three assists and four
The game was tied at 33 early in the second half, before Texas
A&M used a 13-1 run to pull away.
Patrice Reado added 16 points and Takia Starks had 11 points and
11 rebounds for the Aggies. Daphanie Kennedy was Pepperdine's only
double-digit scorer, finishing with 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Aggies shot just 28 percent in the first half, but made
13-of-14 free throws for a 29-29 halftime tie. They scored six
straight points in the final minutes of the first half to overcome
a 29-23 deficit.
Texas A&M was much sharper in the second half, shooting 60
percent, while Pepperdine was 6-of-23.