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A&M women host Arkansas for final regular season game

Posted: 5:02 PM, Mar 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-03 23:02:26Z
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COLLEGE STATION — After clinching the 3-seed and double-bye in the SEC Tournament, No. 19 Texas A&M turns its attention to NCAA Tournament seeding as Arkansas visits Reed Arena for the final game of the women’s basketball team’s regular season Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are still available, and start at $7 for adults and $4 for youth.

The Aggies (22-6, 11-4 SEC) are looking to earn a top-four seed in the NCAA Tournament, which includes the rights to host First-and-Second Round games at Reed Arena March 22-25. After Texas A&M’s 62-55 win at No. 11 Kentucky Thursday, ESPN Bracketology expert Charlie Crème projected the Aggies as one of the 16 hosts if the season ended today.

“We still haven’t secured a top-four seed in the NCAA Tournament,” said Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair. “To do that, you cannot have a slip-up and lose. We’ve got to maintain our RPI, because the teams that are in contention, I don’t see them losing.”

The two teams in Sunday’s game have gone opposite directions from their starts in Southeastern Conference play. The Aggies rallied from an 0-2 conference start, and sat in 11th place, to win 10 of the next 12 games and finish in third place, all while using the league’s youngest starting lineup.

Arkansas (17-12, 6-9 SEC) was one of the league’s surprise teams early, starting SEC play 5-2 after being picked 11th in the preseason poll. Despite losing seven of their next eight games, the Razorbacks have guaranteed their best conference record since 2016.

The game also features the league’s top-two scorers by a wide margin. A&M’s Chennedy Carter, who is just three points off Texas A&M’s sophomore season scoring record, leads the conference and ranks eighth nationally at 22.4 points per game. Arkansas’ Chelsea Dungee trails only Carter at 19.6 points per game, almost two points ahead of the third-place player in the league.

The game is broadcast on SEC Network with Same Gore and A’ja Wilson 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 Zone 1150 AM/102.7 FM in Bryan-College Station, and online at 12thMan.com. Additionally, SiriusXM subscribers can tune into Sirius 94/XM 190.

It is Senior Night for two of Texas A&M’s players, Aja Ellison and Caylinne Martin, who are playing their last regular-season home game at Reed Arena.

The Aggies return to action Friday, March 8 in Greenville, S.C. for the SEC Tournament Quarterfinals, with tip set for approximately 7 p.m.