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(15) Texas A&M begins SEC women's tourney run Friday

Posted: 6:10 PM, Mar 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-07 19:10:57-05
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COLLEGE STATION, TX — No. 15 Texas A&M looks for its third straight appearance in the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament Semifinals, taking on the winner of tonight’s Auburn/Alabama game at approximately 7 p.m. Friday at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

The game is broadcast on SEC Network with Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck and Steffi Sorensen on the call. The game is also available through WatchESPN and the ESPN app on smartphones, computers, tablets and connected devices (Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One). Radio listeners can hear Tom Turbiville and Steve Miller on the Texas A&M Sports Network, broadcast locally in Bryan-College Station on WTAW 1620 AM. Additionally, SiriusXM subscribers can tune into Sirius 138/XM 191.

The Aggies concluded the regular season at 23-6, the program’s best mark since 2010-11. With a 12-4 conference record, the Aggies earned the No. 3-seed and a double-bye in the SEC Tournament, the Aggies’ best seed since 2016.

Kayla Wells and Ciera Johnson are Texas A&M’s leading available scorers, as the Aggies are temporarily without the services of leading scorer Chennedy Carter, who will miss the conference tournament with a fractured finger. Wells averages 14.7 points per game, making her the most-improved scorer in the Southeastern Conference, increasing her average 11.9 points from last season. Johnson averages 11.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, posting nine double-doubles this season, moving up to seventh on Texas A&M’s career list.

The Aggies are 9-5 in seven SEC Tournaments since joining the league, winning the event in 2013. Texas A&M has reached the quarterfinals in all seven seasons, and the semifinals four times.

Alabama (14-16 entering today’s second round) defeated Vanderbilt 74-57 in Wednesday’s opening round of the tournament. Cierra Johnson leads the 11th-seeded Crimson Tide with 14.7 points per game.

Auburn (21-8 entering the tournament) features a balanced attack, as four of the five starters for the 6th-seeded Tigers average at least 10.8 points per game.

Texas A&M has never lost to either Alabama or Auburn, holding a combined 20-0 record against the two schools. The Aggies defeated Alabama 70-43 (Jan. 13) and Auburn 69-67 (Jan. 25) this season.