Texas A&M Knocks Lady Vols From Unbeaten Ranks

Texas A&M wins in OT against Tennessee 79-76 - Recap, Box score

The Aggies (14-4, 3-1 SEC) rallied back from down four with less than two minutes to play in overtime, using a 9-2 run, making all seven of their free throws in that span. Williams chipped in 22 of her own while going 3-for-7 from 3-point range. This was the second year in a row that the game between these two teams in College Station was decided in overtime. The Lady Vols will go from Columbia to No. 2 Notre Dame on January 18 before returning home to play No. 4 Mississippi State on January 21.

The first quarter was highlighted by inside play, as each team recorded 16 points from inside the paint. That is the best winning percentage at the start of league play since 2006-07 (77.8 percent).

It seemed as if No. 17 Texas A&M could not buy itself a basket, missing 19-straight shots over an nearly 11 minute span between the fourth quarter and overtime.

That lead was never relinquished by the Aggies either, as they upset No. 6 and previously undefeated Tennessee, 79-76, Thursday night at Reed Arena. Hillsman remained flawless from the floor, however, going 5-for-5 with 10 points and seven boards for A&M.

The game featured 17 lead changes and 10 ties.

Nared found her stroke from behind the arc in the third quarter, knocking down three 3-pointers for nine points in the period. Chennedy Carter, the NCAA freshman leader in points per game - among many other stats - had 21.

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Texas A&M had the biggest lead in the game with an advantage of 8 at one point. That was the only field goal the Aggie women made the entire overtime.

The closing stages of overtime were similar to regulation, as each possession proved to be more crucial than the last.

Williams finally stopped the bleeding with a jumper with 47 seconds left in overtime. After a Texas A&M timeout, Williams was able to gain separation behind the arc, and drew a foul on her go-ahead 3-point attempt.

Tennessee would jump out to a 74-70 lead in the first few minutes of overtime before the Aggies finally got their groove back.

Prior to the turnover, Texas A&M (14-4, 3-1) missed 18 consecutive shots before Danni Williams ended the skid to knot the game 74-74 with 44 seconds remaining.

Battle For The Paint: Texas A&M had been out-rebounding opponents by an average of almost nine rebounds per game.

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