COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Takia Starks scored 21 points and Texas A&M (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today; No. 16 AP) weathered a Missouri rally for its fifth straight win, a 69-63 victory over the Tigers on Wednesday night.
Starks scored 16 points in the first half to help the Aggies (18-4, 8-2 Big 12) build a lead that reached 24 points. Reserve Danielle Gant added 18 points and A'Quonesia Franklin had 16.Tiffany Brooks led Missouri (14-9, 2-8) with 22 points. Leading scorer EeTisha Riddle (16.4 points per game) shot just 1-for-4 in the first half, but went 5-for-7 in the second half to finish with 16 points. Alyssa Hollins added 11 points.The Aggies led 42-21 at halftime, but Missouri scored the first eight points of the second half. After an 8-2 Aggie run pushed the lead back to 19, Missouri responded with a 25-4 run to get back in the game. Brooks' layup with just over 6 minutes remaining gave Missouri a 56-54 lead, its first since early in the first half.Brooks started the Missouri rally when she scored seven straight points in just over a minute. She scored 13 points in the second half.The win put Texas A&M into a tie for first place in the conference with 12th-ranked Oklahoma. The two teams meet in College Station, Texas, on Saturday.