Texas A&M drills Arizona amid first top 10 ranking

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

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."