8:00 PM ET, November 28, 2006
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Texas A&M showed patience and moved the ball well allowing Takia Starks and Morenike Atunrase to have big games.Starks scored 20 points and Atunrase had 18 as No. 10 Texas A&M beat Arizona 64-44 on Tuesday night."Mo (Atunrase) and TK (Starks) can tear up a zone, they tear up a zone because we have good ball movement", Aggies coach Gary Blair said.Texas A&M (6-0), which climbed into the top 10 for the first time in school history this week, had seven assists from Aqua Franklin, who was key despite not scoring for just the fourth time in her career."We share the ball and we are patient, we don't just shoot because we are open," Blair said. "This team is learning how to make the extra pass, and Aqua is doing a good job of distributing."Ashley Whisonant led Arizona (4-3) with 14 points, and Joy Hollingsworth added 13.The Aggies trailed by six early but pulled away with a 26-5 run in the first half in which Atunrase scored nine straight and made one of her five blocks."I thought we had a good start because we used our height and our strength inside so we rebounded and shot well," Arizona coach Joan Bonvicini said. "The tide turned because A&M really took it up a notch on defense. They are a good team, are deserving of their ranking and they will win a lot of games."Arizona made just two of its 11 3-point attempts."I think we made a good ball club look average on offense," Blair said. "I thought they did a good job on us on defense with their zone pressures and mixing it up. Eventually the maturity of our team started dissecting the zone."