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No. 22 Texas A&M Women's Basketball hosts No. 5 Mississippi State Sunday

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Posted at 12:07 AM, Feb 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-17 01:07:50-05

COLLEGE STATION — No. 22 Texas A&M looks to re-insert itself into the SEC title race, and pick up another top-10 win for its NCAA Tournament resume, hosting No. 5 Mississippi State in a women’s basketball game at Reed Arena 1 p.m. Sunday.

The game is broadcast on SEC Network with Courtney Lyle and Nell Fortner 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 Tap Bentz on the Texas A&M Sports Network, broadcast locally in Bryan-College Station on WTAW 1620 AM, and online at 12thMan.com. Additionally, SiriusXM subscribers can tune into Sirius 94/XM 190.

The Aggies (19-5, 8-3 SEC) have won eight of their last nine games, including a 59-55 win over LSU on Thursday. Texas A&M erased a 10-point deficit with four minutes to play in the third quarter, holding the Lady Tigers to just eight points in the fourth quarter.

“It’s an opportunity, and that’s all we can ask for,” said Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair. “We stand a good chance if our kids play with the same fight that they had against LSU, because we’re at home, where our fans never give up on us.”

With a win, the Aggies can pull within a game of Mississippi State, the conference co-leader. A win would help Texas A&M in the hunt to be selected as one of the 16 hosts for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, giving the Aggies a third win over a ranked opponent.

Texas A&M’s Chennedy Carter, the NCAA’s active career scoring leader, enters the game having scored 10+ points in each of her last 31 games, and is one double-figure scoring game away from tying the school record, currently held by Danielle Adams (2009-11). Ciera Johnson enters the game with eight straight double-figure games, averaging 13.5 points in that span, and Kayla Wells is averaging 16.9 points in her last seven games, scoring at least 10 in each of those games.

Mississippi State (22-2, 10-1 SEC) won the Southeastern Conference regular season in 2018 and advanced to the national title game for the second straight year, but is coming off of a 75-67 loss at the hands of unranked Missouri. Teaira McCowan leads the Bulldogs with averages of 17.0 points and 13.7 rebounds.

The Bulldogs and Aggies met in each of the last two seasons in the SEC Tournament Semifinals, both ending up as MSU wins. Texas A&M has won three of the four matchups between the schools in College Station.

Fans are advised that parking costs $5 due to the baseball game, but any valid TAMU permit allows entry into the parking lot.