BOULDER, Colo. -- Texas A&M's Adaora Elonu was battling a stomach virus, but it was Colorado that felt ill on Saturday.
Elonu scored a career-high 21 points, Danielle Adams had 19 and Texas A&M (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) routed Colorado 95-61 on Saturday.Tanisha Smith had 16 points and Damitria Buchanan added 14 for the Aggies (20-7, 8-6), who are battling Baylor and Oklahoma State for fifth place in the Big 12 Conference. Texas A&M moved a half game ahead of the Bears and Cowboys, who play Sunday.Bianca Smith led Colorado (13-14, 3-11) with 22 points and Alyssa Fressle had 12.Elonu's previous career high was 17 against Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 2, 2008. She passed that with a 15-foot jumper that gave the Aggies a 74-47 lead with 8:53 left in the game."Adaora played with a stomach virus today and possibly had her best game of the year, so I'm going to have her keep that stomach virus a little longer," Texas A&M coach Gary Blair said.Buchanan scored 12 of her points in the second half and said she was inspired by Elonu's effort."Seeing how easy it was for her to score and seeing how hard she was working made me want to go out there and make every game special," Buchanan said.The Aggies took control of the game early. Colorado led 11-7 with 14:32 left in the first half when Texas A&M went on an 18-2 run over the next 6:24 to take a 25-13 advantage. Adams scored five of her 13 first-half points during the run, and Texas A&M led 45-35 at half.The Aggies quickly increased their lead to 57-31 in the first five minutes of the second half and led by as many as 36 late in the game."Frustration set in, and when you have a team like A&M they sense that and they attack even more," Colorado coach Kathy McConnell-Miller said. "They turned up the pressure, and we just couldn't respond."Texas A&M shot 63.6 percent from the field, the highest percentage allowed by Colorado this season. The 95 points the Buffaloes gave up was also the most allowed at home in 30 years.The lone bright spot for Colorado was Smith, who moved past Shelley Sheetz into first on the school's all-time list for made 3-pointers with four against the Aggies."It is gratifying," Smith said. "I'm actually glad that it's behind me and I can focus now on trying to get these next two Ws."