Aggie Women to host LSU Sunday Afternoon on Willy 1550

Game 20 • SEC Game 7 • Sunday, January 22, 2017 • 4 p.m.
LSU Lady Tigers (14-5, 3-3 SEC) at
No. 25 AP Texas A&M Aggies (14-5, 4-2 SEC)
College Station, Texas | Reed Arena (12,989)
Willy 1550 AM (Tom Turbiville, Tap Bentz)
SEC Network (Brenda VanLengen, Tamika Catchings)

No. 25 Texas A&M hosts LSU in a women’s basketball game on Sunday, January 22, looking for their fifth straight win at Reed Arena. The Aggies are 4-2 in SEC play through six games.

The game is broadcast on SEC Network, with Brenda VanLengen and Tamika Catchings on the call. Authenticated subscribers can also access the game on WatchESPN and the ESPN app on their mobile phones, tablets, computers, smart TVs and other connected devices.

This game is the Aggies’ We Back Pat game, which supports the Pat Summitt Foundation and Alzheimer’s awareness.

The Aggies are coming off of a 78-76 overtime loss at Missouri, where the Aggies scored 20 points in overtime, the most in NCAA history for a team that did not win. Khaalia Hillsman, who has a 64.9% field goal percentage and is shooting 75.0% in conference play, has scored 15+ points in each of her last four games.

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Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair

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LSU is 14-5 overall and 3-3 in SEC play this season, having already surpassed last season’s overall win total and having matched last season’s SEC win total. Chloe Jackson and Raigyne Moncrief co-lead the Lady Tigers with 14.8 points per game apiece.

After this game, the Aggies go to No. 4 Mississippi State to complete a stretch of 10 of 15 games away-from-home on Sunday, January 29. Texas A&M returns to Reed Arena for the first of three straight road games on Feb. 2 to host Florida at 7 p.m.

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Aggie Men’s and Women’s Swimming tops LSU

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 7-ranked Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team will head into the 2017 Southeastern Conference Championships with a 7-1 record in dual meet action and undefeated in SEC competition after defeating LSU, 193-103, on Senior Day Saturday at the Student Recreation Natatorium.

Prior to the dual meet, Texas A&M’s eight seniors were honored – Zoe Alaniz (Corpus Christi, Texas), Julia Cook (Boerne, Texas), Sarah Gibson (San Antonio, Texas), Courtney Hattie (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada), Madison Hudkins (Murrieta, Calif.), Frankie Jonker (Pretoria, South Africa), Ashley McGregor (Pointe-Claire, Québec, Canada) and Sycerika McMahon (Belfast, Northern Ireland).

“We saw some good racing, especially after coming back from yesterday. A number of the swims were better than yesterday, so that was good. There were good, solid races,” head coach Steve Bultman said following the meet. “It goes by so quick and it doesn’t seem like they are seniors. It seems like just yesterday that we were recruiting them. They have definitely contributed to our success.”

The Aggies swept all 14 races in the pool, while claiming at least the top two spots in seven and posting 13 NCAA “B” qualifying times.

Among the seniors taking swimming victories on Senior Day were Gibson with two individual wins in the 200-yard butterfly (1:58.37) and 100 fly (54.15) and McMahon in the 500 free (4:50.77). In the diving well, Hudkins topped the leaderboard in the one-meter dive (303.98) and placed second in the three-meter (317.33).

Texas A&M opened the meet with a 200 medley relay victory from the foursome of Gibson and juniors Béryl Gastaldello, Jorie Caneta and Kristin Malone with a time of 1:39.82 to give the Aggies a strong start.

Also contributing multiple individual victories for the Aggies were junior Lisa Bratton in the 100 back (54.40) and 200 back (1:56.61), Gastaldello in the 50 free (22.44) and 100 free (49.31), and sophomore Sydney Pickrem in the 200 breast (2:11.21) and 200 IM (1:58.82).

Earning single wins for the Aggies were sophomore Monika Gonzalez-Hermosillo in the 1,000 free (10:01.87), sophomore Claire Rasmus in the 200 free (1:48.47), and Caneta in the 100 breast (1:00.43).

Texas A&M closed out their final home meet with a victory in the 200 free relay with the group of redshirt freshman Raena Eldridge, freshman Sara Metzsch, junior Laura Norman and Gastaldello touching in 1:32.45.

Texas A&M will return to action in four weeks as they travel to the SEC Championships in Knoxville, Tenn., at the Jones Aquatic Center on the University of Tennessee campus. The meet will begin Tuesday, Feb. 14 until Saturday, Feb. 18.

MEN

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team downed longtime rival LSU, 173-127, on Senior Day on Saturday at the Student Recreation Natatorium.

The Aggies won 10 of 16 events against the Tigers as they improved their season dual meet record to 4-1. It was Texas A&M’s third straight win in the long series between the schools and the Aggies improved their record against the Tigers under head coach Jay Holmes to 10-3. Texas A&M will close out its regular season with a dual meet against SMU next Friday in Mansfield, Texas.

“Obviously we have a history with LSU – we’ve been swimming these guys for decades,” Holmes said. “LSU always brings out the best in us and we probably bring out the best in LSU, so this is always a meet that we look forward to.”

With the meet still in the balance, the most senior of the Texas A&M senior class stood tall for the Aggies on Senior Day. After a 1-2 finish by LSU in the 200-yard butterfly had given the Tigers a 57-55 lead after six events, fifth-year senior Cory Bolleter and the Texas A&M sprint freestylers gave the Aggies a lead they would not relinquish.

Bolleter scorched the pool in the 50 free with a season-best time of 19.88 and led a 1-2-3-4 Aggie parade in the race as Texas A&M regained the lead, 71-60, and never trailed the rest of the meet. Finishing behind the Aggies’ only fifth-year senior were freshman Adam Koster (20.26), freshman Raiz Tjon-A-Joe (20.29) and senior Jacob Gonzales (20.41).

“Anytime you do a 1-2-3-4 like that, it’s a big momentum swing,” Holmes said. “Even if you know it’s coming, it’s still a big momentum swing. We knew it was something that we were capable of but it was still fun to get it done and there’s no question that it was a big turning point in the meet.”

The Aggies opened and closed the meet with relay victories. The foursome of junior Brock Bonetti, junior Mauro Castillo, senior Turker Ayar and Bolleter surged to victory in the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:27.27 in the first race of the day, and the quartet of Koster, Gonzales, Tjon-A-Joe and Bolleter touched first in 1:19.22 to end the day.

Bolleter was dominant on the end of both relays, turning in a 19.08 anchor in the medley relay and a breath-taking 18.94 anchor in the free relay. Bolleter’s 18.94 split was a lifetime best and ranks as the third-fastest 50 free split in school history.

Castillo led the way with three individual victories with wins in the 100 breaststroke (54.20), 200 breaststroke (1:59.27) and 200 IM (1:50.09). Also grabbing multiple individual wins were Bonetti in the 100 back (47.81) and 200 back (1:45.94) and sophomore Sam Thornton in the one-meter dive (402.90) and the three-meter dive (372.98).

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Another sweep of team titles for Texas A&M, two meet records at Aggie Invitational

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COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M claimed another pair of team titles as host of the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational in front of 1,990 fans at Gilliam Indoor on Saturday. Meet records were established by a pair of Aggies with Audie Wyatt in the pole vault and Fred Kerley in the 200 meters.

Texas A&M women generated a point total of 184 points to better the seven-team field that included No. 3 Georgia (121), Texas Tech (95.5), and Arizona State (63.5). The Aggie men, ranked No. 12, produced 150 points to defeat the field that included No.  11 Texas Tech (106), No. 8 Georgia (104), TCU (53), Arizona State (46), UTSA (34) and UT Arlington (29).

“The first places in all the events were good today, no matter who won,” said Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “It was a good meet, and it was the kind of meet we needed. To win a meet like this you need to be really good.”

Combined the Aggies recorded a dozen wins, including both 4×400 relays. A total of nine meet records were broken, five of which were set by athletes from Georgia – Kendell Williams (8.07 – 60m hurdles, 21-4 ¾ – long jump), Madeline Fagan (6-2 ¾ – high jump), Keturah Orji (45-9 ¼ – triple jump), and Alex Poursanidis (72-6 ½ – weight throw).

In the men’s 200m Kerley sped to a winning time of 20.74, which moves him to No. 10 on the Texas A&M all-time list. It bettered the meet record of 20.79 set in 2013 by LSU’s Aaron Ernest. Runner-up to Kerley was a 21.43 by TCU’s Raymond Bozmans.

“Improving and believing in the coaches, that was the key,” noted Kerley. “Running 20.7 is good, but I did some terrible stuff in the race. I tripped on the curve on the backstretch. I know what I have to do to get better. It helps gear up for SECs.”

Wyatt set the pole vault meet record of 17-9 (5.41) a year ago. Today he cleared 17-10 ½ (5.45) and then attempted 18-1 ¼ (5.52) in an attempt to better his indoor school record of 18-1.

“It felt really good, I have been trying to get on the poles I need to be on,” said Wyatt. “I’m getting there. Last year I was going for the meet record, and in December I knew I had a lot of work to do. My confidence has improved and it was a good day.”

Following Wyatt to complete a 1-2-3 sweep for the Aggies were Carl Johansson and Jacob Wooten, who both cleared 17-0 (5.19).

“As a group we are getting better every weekend,” added Wyatt. “I think all three of us are going to get to nationals this year.”

In the women’s pole vault, Emily Gunderson cleared a pair of career best heights on first attempts in securing the win. Entering the meet with an indoor best of 13-3 ¾, Gunderson surpassed that height by clearing 13-4 ¼ (4.07) and then won the competition with a 13-8 ¼ (4.17).

Gunderson and Helen Falda of UT Arlington both missed at 13-10 (4.22) with Gunderson claiming the victory off fewer misses. Aggie teammate Sara Kathryn Stevens finished third with a clearance of 13-0 ¼ (3.97).

“I knew I needed to clear the bars after 12-8 on my first attempt to finish first,” said Gunderson. “It’s a nice feeling to PR twice and win.”

Mylik Kerley, the younger brother of Fred, ran his first open 400m as an Aggie. His time of 46.31 won the event and moved him to No. 7 on the Texas A&M all-time list.

“It meant a lot to just run and be healthy,” stated M. Kerley. “It’s fun running in an A&M uniform. It was hard getting here, but I’m grateful to be here with all the good guys who were here before.

Mylik Kerley later anchored the Aggies to a 3:06.91 victory in the 4×400 over Texas Tech (3:07.70) with a split of 45.51. The first three legs included Richard Rose (47.62), Robert Grant (47.12) and Devin Dixon (46.66).

“Usually with Fred running on the relay I know I have a safe leg,” said M. Kerley. “With a competitive race in the relay it was better for us to learn how to run a smarter race.”

The freshman sprinters for the Aggie women produced a pair of wins. Amber Ivy claimed the 60m in 7.31 seconds, which is No. 9 on the Texas A&M all-time list, ahead of teammate Brenessa Thompson (7.45) and Georgia’s Kate Hall (7.47).

In the women’s 200m it was Danyel White improving her world junior leading time with a 23.22 victory as the Aggies swept the top four places. White’s time is No. 11 on the Aggie all-time list. Following White were Ivy (23.45), Jaevin Reed (23.91) and Briyahna Desrosiers (23.98).

Jazmine Fray ran her third different distance of the indoor season and clocked 53.91 for the victory over teammate Kadecia Baird (54.13). Fray’s mark is No. 12 on the Texas A&M all-time list. Fray broke the Aggie school record in the 1,000m (2:43.15) in December and ran the second fastest mile (4:44.87) in school history last weekend.

Fray later ran the third leg of the 4×400, supplying a 53.06 split on the third leg. The Aggies ran 3:36.81 for the win over Texas Tech (3:40.21). The Texas A&M line-up also included Desrosiers (53.75) and White (54.94) on the first two legs while Jarra Owens (55.06) anchored.

Aggie victories included Katie Willard controlling the 800m with a 2:06.99, the third best performance on the Texas A&M all-time list, with Brittany Parker runner-up in 2:11.73 and Miah Nelson fifth at 2:12.35. Arin Rice won the mile in 4:54.18 and Jeffrey Prothro claimed the triple jump with an effort of 49-7 ¾.

Runner-up performances for the Aggies also included Cameron Villarreal (4:08.27) in the mile while Taylor Clayton (4:10.46) finished third after winning the first section. Celine Markert was second in the shot put (49-3 ¾) behind a meet record of 55-11 ¼ (17.05) for Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen.

A career best of 63-2 (19.25) for Alison Ondrusek placed her fourth in the weight throw. Jeff Bartlett reached 57-0 (17.37) for fifth place in the shot put.

Christian Farris led a solid effort by the Aggies in the 3,000m as he clocked 8:20.33 for third place with Austin Wells (8:25.65) and Jacob Perry (8:34.48) in sixth and seventh. In the women’s race Kelsie Warren placed fifth in 9:53.06 with Kelsey Persyn (10:00.17) and Devin Norton (10:01.80) in sixth and seventh.

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Williams, Hogg Lead Aggies to Come-from-Behind Win over Georgia

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP)– Texas A&M wiped out a 13-point second-half deficit to defeat Georgia 63-62 on Saturday in one of the season’s odder endings.

The Bulldogs had the final possession trailing by one, but the clock inadvertently stopped with 5.6 seconds remaining. Georgia’s J.J. Frazier dribbled the ball near the top of the key, and thought he had time to pass down low to Yante Maten.

Maten received the pass from Frazier, and officials whistled a foul on the Aggies when Maten attempted a layup. With the clock still stuck at 5.6 seconds, officials used game video to count down Georgia’s final possession, and determined that time had run out before the foul was called on A&M.

Georgia coach Mark Fox kept his composure afterward but was obviously upset at the outcome.

“Our kid (Frazier) looks up and thinks he has time to make a play, but he doesn’t,” Fox said. “I don’t know who stopped the clock; I’d like to know.”

Afterward A&M officials said a “belt-pack” worn by one of the officials malfunctioned and inadvertently stopped the clock. They were checking further into what happened. The Aggies (10-8, 2-5 Southeastern) snapped a two-game losing streak, while the Bulldogs (12-7, 4-3) have lost two of their last three.

Robert Williams led the Aggies with 18 points and D.J. Hogg followed with 16, while Maten led the Bulldogs with a game-high 19 points.

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Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy

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Texas A&M Forwards Robert Williams & DJ Hogg

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Georgia Head Coach Mark Fox

 

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Aggie Men to Host Georgia Saturday Morning on WTAW

Aggie Basketball Game #18:
Texas A&M (9-8; 1-5 SEC) vs. Georgia (12-6; 4-2 SEC)
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 · 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Reed Arena (12,989) · College Station, Texas

RADIO: WTAW 1620 AM (Bryan-College Station)
Dave South, Play-by-Play
Al Pulliam, Commentary

TV: ESPN2 (For more info – 12thMan.com/TV)
Beth Mowins, Play-by-Play
Dalen Cuff, Commentary

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COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M men’s basketball team returns to the hardwood at Reed Arena Saturday at 11 a.m. where it will host the Georgia Bulldogs.

The matchup will be nationally televised on ESPN2 with Beth Mowins calling the play-by-play action and Dalen Cuff providing color commentary. Radio coverage will be provided on the Aggie Sports Network, which can be heard locally in the Bryan/College Station area on WTAW (1620 AM).

The Aggies (9-8; 1-5 SEC) are looking to rebound after dropping a hard-fought 62-60 contest to Arkansas inside Reed Arena on Tuesday night. Against the Razorbacks sophomore Admon Gilder neared his career high in points (17, three times) at 16 points against Arkansas. The Dallas native was 5-of-9 from the floor, including a 4-for-6 performance from the 3-point line.

Meanwhile, classmate Tyler Davis matched the Aggies’ best free throw shooting effort on the season, going a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe helping the second-year center finish in double figures for the 12th time this season, scoring 14 points to go along with seven rebounds against the Hogs.

Georgia comes to Aggieland with a 12-6 overall record that includes a 4-2 mark in SEC games. The Bulldogs have the distinction of being the only SEC team to have never lost to the Aggies in College Station. UGA has defeated A&M at Reed Arena in each of its two previous trips to Aggieland — Jan. 26, 2013, and Feb. 11, 2015.

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Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy

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Texas A&M Guard Admon Gilder

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SETTING THE SCENE
• The Aggies look to rebound after two consecutive losses when they host Georgia Saturday inside Reed Arena.
• Georgia stood out as the last team Texas A&M had not defeated on the hardwood since their move to the SEC until last season when the Aggies handed the Bulldogs a 79-45 defeat in Athens.

TRENDS & SUPERLATIVES
• Sophomore Admon Gilder neared his career high in points (17, three times) at 16 points against Arkansas … Gilder was 5-of-9 from the floor, including a 4-for-6 performance from the 3-point line.
• Sophomore Tyler Davis matched the Aggies’ best free throw shooting effort on the season against the Razorbacks, going a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe … Davis finished in double figures for the 12th time this season, scoring 14 points to go along with seven rebounds against the Hogs.
• Freshman Robert Williams blocked a pair of Razorback shot attempts Wednesday, marking his 17th consecutive game with a block to tie the longest streak by an Aggie since Bryan Davis had a 17-game block streak from Nov. 29, 2009 to Feb. 3, 2010 … Up next is the school record of 20 consecutive games with a block, set by David Harris from Dec. 21, 1989, to March 9, 1990.

AGGIES AMONG THE SEC & NATIONAL LEADERS (Through 1/18 games)
• The Aggies rank 14th nationally in blocked shots per game with an average of 5.8 per contest.
• On the offensive end, A&M has been efficient, ranking second in the SEC by shooting 47.1 percent from the field as a team as well as second in the SEC in assists with an average of 16.9 per contest … The Aggies are third in the league with a 1.2 assist-to-turnover ratio.
• Defensively, A&M ranks third in field goal percentage defense by allowing opponents to shoot just 39.6 from the field.
• In the SEC rebounding column, A&M ranks second in the conference in rebounding margin at +6.0 and leads the league in offensive rebound percentage at 38.7 percent … The Aggies are 29th nationally in offensive rebounds per game (13.35).
• Nationally, the Aggies rank 31st in fewest fouls this season (286).
• Rookie Robert Williams continues to stand out as one of the SEC’s brightest freshman, ranking second in the league (20th nationally) with 43 blocked shots for an average of 2.5 per game.
• Sophomore Tyler Davis leads the SEC and ranks 15th nationally in field goal percentage, shooting 61.3 percent from the field … He also ranks sixth in the SEC in total rebounding at 6.9 per contest while checking at third on the offensive glass at 3.1 offensive rebounds per outing.
• Second-year guard Admon Gilder appears throughout the lists of SEC statistical leaders, ranking sixth in steals per game (1.8), seventh minutes played (31.1) and eighth in assists per game (3.9).
• Sophomore DJ Hogg continues to rank among the SEC’s top sharpshooters, checking in at sixth in the league shooting 39.2 percent from long range while making 2.2 3-point baskets per contest, fourth in the SEC.

NOTING GEORGIA
• Georgia comes to Aggieland after notching a 76-68 victory at home vs. Vanderbilt on Tuesday … The Bulldogs are 4-2 in SEC play, with victories over Auburn, Missouri, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt … Their only two losses in league play have come to South Carolina and Florida
• Preseason First Team All-SEC members Yante Maten and J.J. Frazier lead the Bulldogs offensively, averaging 19.7 and 16.5 points respectively … Maten is second in the SEC in scoring behind Kentucky’s Malik Monk … In SEC play, Maten is averaging 19.5 points per game, and Frazier is averaging 19.3.
• Frazier, a senior guard, leads the SEC in steals (39) and is fourth in assists (78).
• In SEC play, Georgia ranks first in the conference in defensive (185) and total (240) rebounding, free throw percentage (.739) and opponents’ 3-point percentage (.270).
• The Bulldogs also rank second in the SEC in field goal percentage allowed (.392) during conference play.
• Overall, the Bulldogs are 3-3 on the road this season and 2-1 on the road in conference play.
• Head coach Mike Fox is in his eighth year at Georgia … Last season the Bulldogs went 20-14 (10-8) and finished in a tie for sixth in the conference before advancing to the second round of the NIT.
• Georgia was picked in the preseason to finish fourth in the SEC behind Kentucky, Florida, and Texas A&M by media members of the conference. Currently, the Bulldogs sit in fifth place.

SERIES HISTORY VS GEORGIA (UGA LEADS 4-1)
• Saturday will be the sixth all-time meeting between the Aggies & Bulldogs on the hardwood.
• Last season, Texas A&M notched its first win in the series by downing the Bulldogs 79-45 in Athens … 11 Aggies scored in the game including six with nine or more points … Alex Caruso, Danuel House and Jalen Jones each scored a game-high 12 points in the win with Jones registering a double-double.
• Texas A&M floor general Billy Kennedy is 1-4 against the Bulldogs, while Georgia’s Mark Fox is 4-1 against the Aggies.

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Texas A&M Aggie Invitational features plenty of talent among seven-team field

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COLLEGE STATION – Among the seven teams featured in the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational, a scored meet being held on Saturday inside Gilliam Indoor Stadium, three have a squad ranked among the top 25 in the preseason version of the USTFCCCA national team computer rankings.

Visiting teams include Arizona State, Georgia, TCU, Texas Tech, UT Arlington and UTSA. Running finals begin at 1:30 p.m. with some field events and prelim races starting at noon. The action will be completed by 4:30 p.m.

“It’s a small, quick meet and we run it fast,” said Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry of the three-hour format. “There are some good teams with some good athletes here Saturday and it will be competitive.”

Georgia is the top ranked program entered this weekend with the Bulldog women ranked No. 3 and the men No. 8. Headlining the Georgia squad is Keturah Orji (Keh-TUR-uh OR-gee), the American record holder in the triple jump who placed fourth in the Rio Olympics, as well as Kendell Williams, a three-time NCAA pentathlon champion and two-time NCAA heptathlon winner.

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Also ranked among the top 25 in the early stages of this indoor season are the men’s squads for Texas A&M (No. 11) and Texas Tech (No. 12).

The Aggies enter the meet coming off a pair of team wins in the Texas A&M Team Invitational they hosted last weekend.

“We had a good, balanced performance,” noted Henry. “We were a little sparing in a couple of areas last week. We ran a lot of relays teams, which was important in getting a lot of athletes involved. This week we’ll get a little closer to putting people in their main events.”

Since the venue’s opening for the 2009 season, this is the weekend the Aggies have hosted duals in various stages of a dual, triangular or quadrangular meet over the past eight years. The Aggie men have comprised a 14-0 record on this weekend over that time frame with the women 11-3.

Instead of a dual meet scoring format, the meet will use the standard 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring for the top eight places.

Jazmine Fray, competing in a third different distance this season, races in her shortest venture so far with the 400m. With two victories this indoor campaign, Fray broke the school record in the 1,000m (2:43.15) in December and last weekend she came within a second of the mile school record with a 4:44.87 performance.

Over 400m, Fray ran 55.37 indoors as an Aggie frosh in 2016 and improved to 54.71 during the outdoor season. Last weekend she also split 53.56 as the third leg on Texas A&M’s 4×400 relay that finished second in 3:34.90, currently the fastest time in the SEC and second best collegiately.

After racing in the mile twice this indoor season, Katie Willard competes in the 800m where she holds the Aggie school record with a time of 2:05.79. Will Williams, the NCAA long jump runner-up, will jump for the first time this indoor season.

In the sprints, a pair of Aggie freshmen set world junior leading times for 2017 last weekend when Danyel White (23.46) won the 200m and Jaevin Reed (53.80) claimed the 400m. They will both contest the 200m this weekend.

Mylik Kerley races in the 400m for the first time as an Aggie while his brother, Fred, will contest the 200m for the third time this indoor season after posting wins of 20.85 in December and 20.87 last weekend.

Texas Tech’s Trey Culver, the defending NCAA Indoor champion, headlines the men’s high jump. Aggie Audie Wyatt set the pole vault meet record a year ago prior to breaking the school record with an 18-1 (5.51) clearance as he claimed the SEC Indoor title. Last weekend he was runner-up with a clearance of 17-5 ½ (5.32), which matched the winning height.

In addition to challenging his school record again in the weight throw, Austin Cook faces a stern test with Georgia’s Alex Poursanidis, the 2016 SEC Indoor runner-up, in the field.

Aggie Celine Markert has improved nearly six feet in the shot put from her best effort of 44-11 (13.69) as a freshman in 2016. Markert improved by three feet in December and repeated the feat last weekend when she finished third with a toss of 50-7.5 (15.43).

There will be one Olympic development race this weekend with a women’s 200m that is scheduled to include Shamier Little, a three-time NCAA 400m hurdle champion, along with Phyllis Francis, an Oregon grad who trains in College Station and finished fifth in the 2016 Olympic 400m final. Texas A&M alums in the race also include Kanika Beckles and Jennifer Madu.

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Fedora tabbed AMCHS head football coach

College Station native Lee Fedora was named head football coach and athletic coordinator for A&M Consolidated High School today by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Clark Ealy.

The CSISD Board of Trustees is expected to confirm the hire at a specially-called meeting on Monday, January 23, in the Main Entrance Foyer of A&M Consolidated High School at 5 p.m.  LINK: Meeting Agenda

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to lead the athletics department at my alma mater,” said Fedora, a 1990 Consol graduate. “I have so many fond memories of my time at Consol and look forward to building on the rich athletic traditions and contributing to the high academic standards expected in this great community.  My biggest goal is to establish an environment to prepare Consol student athletes to be ready for the real world.”

Fedora’s head coaching resume is highlighted by a pair of state championships in 2012 and 2014 while at Navasota High School.

“We are thrilled to have landed a state-championship-caliber coach to the CSISD family,” Ealy said.  “Lee’s record on the field speaks for itself and as a Consol alum, he understands the culture and high expectations of this community.  He is an absolute perfect fit for this position.”

In 11 years as head football coach and athletic director at Navasota High School, Fedora amassed a record of 109-30-0.  Fedora’s Rattlers teams advanced to at least the state quarterfinals in eight out of his last nine nine seasons at the school.

Prior to coaching at Navasota, Fedora spent two years as the head coach at Robinson High School in Waco, and five years as the head coach at Rogers High School in Rogers, Texas.

Overall, Fedora has a record of 167-55-1 as a head coach, and in 18 years he has led his teams to the playoffs 14 times, including 10 trips to at least the state quarterfinals.

Fedora was named district coach of the year 10 times and earned numerous state coach of the year honors in 2012 and 2014.

Prior to becoming a head coach, Fedora served in numerous assistant coaching roles at A&M Consolidated High School from 1995-1998.

One of the most decorated athletes to graduate from Consol, Fedora was a three-year letterwinner in baseball and football, winning multiple honors and awards.  He earned a scholarship to play baseball at Texas A&M, where he was a two-year letterwinner.

Fedora graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 1995 and Master of Science in Education in 2001.

Fedora and his wife Lisa, who is a math specialist at Cypress Grove Intermediate, have two daughters: Jordan, who is a senior at College Station High School, and Jolee, who is a freshman at A&M Consolidated High School.

FEDORA HEAD COACHING RECORD (18 years, 167-55-1, .752 winning percentage)

Year School Record Playoffs
2015 Navasota 12-1 AAAA Division I State Quarterfinals
2014 Navasota 16-0 AAAA Division I STATE CHAMPIONS
2013 Navasota 10-2 AAA Division I Area
2012 Navasota 16-0 AAA Division II STATE CHAMPIONS
2011 Navasota 11-2 AAA State Quarterfinalists
2010 Navasota 10-3 AAA State Quarterfinalists
2009 Navasota 9-3 AAA State Quarterfinalists
2008 Navasota 10-1 AAA State Quarterfinalists
2007 Navasota 9-4 AAA State Quarterfinalists
2006 Navasota 3-7
2005 Navasota 3-7
2004 Robinson 9-1-1 AAA Bi-District
2003 Robinson 1-9
2002 Rogers 13-2 AA State Semifinalists
2001 Rogers 11-1 AA Area
2000 Rogers 12-2 AA State Quarterfinals
1999 Rogers 7-5 AA Area
1998 Rogers 5-5

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Mavericks fall in Miami; Spurs push pass Denver

Dragic scores 32, Heat top Mavericks 99-95

MIAMI (AP) _ Goran Dragic had 32 points, Tyler Johnson scored 10 of his 23 in the fourth quarter and the Miami Heat topped the Dallas Mavericks 99-95 on Thursday night.

Dragic shot 11 for 15 from the field and 4 of 4 from 3-point range. He also got a big offensive rebound in the final minute to extend a possession, and Johnson made a pair of free throws with 29.9 seconds left to give Miami an eight-point lead.

Hassan Whiteside scored 13 and Dion Waiters added 12 for the Heat.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points for Dallas, which had its season-best three-game winning streak snapped. The Mavericks went 1 for 8 from the field during a late stretch of the fourth quarter and never got the lead again.

Leonard has 34, Spurs overcome Gasol’s injury to top Nuggets

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points, rookie Dejounte Murray added a season-high 24 and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a pregame injury to Pau Gasol in beating the Denver Nuggets 118-104 on Thursday night.

Denver’s three-game winning streak was snapped despite a career-high 35 points from Nikola Jokic.

Leonard had his fifth straight 30-point performance, right after learning he will start for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game for the second consecutive season.

The Spurs were unexpectedly without Gasol, Tony Parker and then coach Gregg Popovich. Gasol and Parker were both late scratches due to injury, and Popovich was ejected for the first time this season.

Gasol broke the ring finger on his left (non-shooting) hand by jamming it against Kyle Anderson’s shoulder during pregame warmups while attempting a running hook. The 16-year veteran center immediately clutched his hand and left the court.

X-rays revealed the break, and the Spurs said there is no timeline for Gasol’s return.

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Tavares, Greiss give Weight win in Islanders debut

NEW YORK (AP) _ John Tavares narrowly missed out on his second hat trick in a week, Thomas Greiss got his second straight shutout and the New York Islanders beat the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Thursday night in their first game since firing longtime coach Jack Capuano.

New York canned Capuano in the middle of his seventh season Tuesday, replacing him on an interim basis with Doug Weight.

Tavares has seven goals in four games after scoring twice and then having an empty-net shot just deflected wide late in the third period. He had three goals last Friday at Florida.

Greiss stopped 23 shots after making 32 saves in a 4-0 win over Boston on Monday.

Calvin de Haan added an empty-net goal on a coast-to-coast shot with four seconds left.

Kari Lehtonen made 33 saves for Dallas, which was coming off a 7-6 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

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Aggie Women Fall Short in Overtime at Missouri

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLUMBIA, Mo.- Sophie Cunningham made a layup with 3.5 seconds to play to send the game to overtime where Missouri would defeat No. 25 Texas A&M 78-76 in a women’s basketball game at Mizzou Arena on Thursday.

The Tigers (13-7, 3-3 SEC) dashed out to a 15-4 lead in the first eight minutes of the game and led 30-22 at halftime.

The Aggies (14-5, 4-2 SEC) rallied back from the 11 point deficit to take the lead in the fourth quarter with a 13-0 run early in the period, but with the Aggies up two late, Cunningham would send the game to overtime.

Missouri would never trail in overtime, outscoring the Aggies 22-20 in the extra frame.

Four Aggies scored in double figures, led by Curtyce Knox with 25. Khaalia Hillsman added 19, Danni Williams had 13 and Taylor Cooper chipped in 11.
Hillsman led the Aggies with 11 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season.

The Aggies return to action on Sunday, January 22 to host LSU at 4 p.m. inside Reed Arena.

QUICKIE NOTES

· Texas A&M is 14-5 overall and 4-2 in SEC play. Missouri is 13-7 overall and 3-3 in SEC play.
· The Aggies rallied back from an 11-point deficit to force overtime.
· The Aggies are 1-1 in overtime games this season.
· This is the second straight matchup between the schools to go to overtime.
· Khaalia Hillsman had her ninth double-double of the season and the 11th of her career. She ranks fifth at Texas A&M in career double-doubles
o She has scored in double figures in all 19 games this season
· Curtyce Knox scored 20+ points for the second time this season and in her career
o She scored in double figures for the eighth time this season and fifth time in six SEC games
· Taylor Cooper scored in double figures for the third time this season and the fourth time in her Texas A&M career.
· Danni Williams scored in double figures for the ninth straight game and 18th time in 19 games this season.
· Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair is 323-134 in 14 seasons at Texas A&M and 731-297 in his Hall of Fame career. He is eighth among active coaches and 14th all-time in career wins.

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Williams Hired As Texas A&M Senior Associate Athletics Director

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION— Texas A&M University Director of Athletics Scott Woodward has named Lori Williams as Senior Associate Athletics Director, overseeing the department’s diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts, Title IX compliance and oversight for student conduct, risk management, academic services and student-athlete engagement.

“I am thrilled that Lori is joining our senior management team,” Woodward said. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and impressive experience to athletics and I know she will have an immediate impact.”

Williams most recently served as the Title IX Coordinator for Texas A&M University, leading the university’s Title IX compliance efforts and ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations.

“I am excited to join the talented professionals in the Department of Athletics,” Williams said. “During my years on campuses and in private practice, I truly enjoyed working with student-athletes, coaches, and staff and I look forward to doing what I can to help us achieve excellence across the board.”

Williams holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Texas Tech University School of Law, a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Baylor University, and an Associate of Risk Management designation from the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters.

Prior to serving at Texas A&M, Williams was a Partner and Vice President with the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm in Florida. Her practice focused on higher education, risk management, and athletics representation, which included conducting Title IX gender equity reviews, drafting institutional policies and procedures, educating university administrators on risk management and compliance matters, and representing universities involved in NCAA infraction cases.

Williams previously served as an associate athletics director for risk management at the University of Kansas after working at the NCAA in various roles including associate director of enforcement, director of membership services and as director of academic review and risk management at the NCAA Eligibility Center. Williams began her athletics career as an assistant director of compliance and legal assistant with the Big 12 Conference.

Williams is licensed to practice law in the state of Texas.

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My Aggie Nation Podcast: Visit with Aggie Men’s Basketball Player DJ Hogg

(Source: MyAggieNation.com)

(Source: MyAggieNation.com)

The Eagle’s Travis L. Brown and WTAW’s Zach Taylor visit with Texas A&M men’s basketball player DJ Hogg and break down the Aggies’ chances of making the NCAA Tournament. Also, ‘The Young Pope’ and other television talk.

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Aggie Women to Visit Missouri Tonight on The Zone

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

Game 19 • SEC Game 6 • Thursday, January 19, 2017 • 8 p.m.
No. 25 AP Texas A&M Aggies (14-4, 4-1 SEC) at
Missouri Tigers (12-7, 2-3 SEC)
Columbia, Mo. | Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Radio: The Zone 1150 AM / 102.7 FM (Tom Turbiville, Steve Miller)
TV: SEC Network (Paul Sunderland, Gail Goestenkors)

No. 25 Texas A&M looks for its fourth consecutive SEC win, as it heads to Missouri on Thursday for the Aggies’ fourth road game in their last five contests.

The game is televised on SEC Network, with Olympic Gold Medalist Paul Sunderland and Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Gail Goestenkors on the call. Authenticated users can also access the game on WatchESPN and the ESPN app on their mobile phones, tablets, computers, smart TVs and other connected devices.

The Aggies and Tigers have played two straight games that have come down to the final seconds. Last season, Courtney Walker hit three free throws with 8.4 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime, where the Aggies won 81-77 at Reed Arena. In 2015, Missouri’s Maddie Stock hit a last-second 3-pointer, erasing Curtyce Knox‘s go-ahead free throws and giving the Tigers a 70-69 upset win at Reed. However, the Aggies have not lost at Mizzou Arena since 2005, riding a six-game win streak in that building.

Texas A&M sits just one game behind SEC leaders South Carolina and Mississippi State in the standings at 4-1. Sophomore Danni Williams has led the Aggies in scoring during this three-game winning streak, scoring at least 19 points in all three games, and averaging 21.3 points in that span. Against Florida, Williams hit five 3-pointers, the most for an Aggie in a single game since 2013.

Sophomore Sophie Cunningham leads the Tigers with 16.5 points per game, one of three Tigers averaging at least 12.7 points per contest. Missouri picked up a 74-68 win at Vanderbilt on Sunday, and feature a 9-1 record at home, with their only loss coming to Alabama by a single point on Jan. 8.

After this game, the Aggies return home to face LSU at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 22 for the Aggies’ We Back Pat game.

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Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair

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Texas A&M F/G Jasmine Lumpkin & G Curtyce Knox

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Bagwell, Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

By RONALD BLUM

NEW YORK (AP) _ Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez have been elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short.

Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were passed over for the fifth straight year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America but received significantly more votes this time and could be in position to gain election in future votes.

Bagwell drew 86.2 percent and Raines got 86 percent. Rodriguez had 76 percent _ he received four more votes than the necessary 332 of 442 (75 percent).

Hoffman was five votes shy and Guerrero 15 short.

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Arkansas Rallies to Top A&M, 62-60

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Daryl Macon scored 16 points and Moses Kingsley followed with 12 as Arkansas overcame a 12-point deficit in the second half to defeat Texas A&M 62-60 on Tuesday night.

Arkansas (14-4, 3-3 Southeastern) led 61-60 with 26 seconds remaining when the Razorbacks’ Jaylen Barford missed two free throws. On the second, A&M’s D.J. Hogg and Robert Williams became entangled in fighting for the rebound under the basket, and the ball rolled out of bounds on the Aggies.

Following the inbound pass Macon dribbled the ball out of bounds in trying to escape a trap, and the Aggies (9-8, 1-5) had another chance. But Hogg’s long-range, off-balanced offering missed its mark by a long shot with seven seconds left, and Macon was fouled on the other end of the floor by Tyler Davis.

Macon made his first free throw and missed his second, and a runner from a few feet above the top of the key by A&M’s Admon Gilder bounced off the rim as time expired.

Gilder led the Aggies with 16 points, and Tyler Davis followed with 14.

Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy

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Texas A&M Center Tyler Davis

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Arkansas Head Coach Mike Anderson

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Old SWC Rivals Square Off Tonight on WTAW

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

Aggie Basketball Game #17:

Texas A&M (9-7; 1-4 SEC) vs. Arkansas (13-4; 2-3 SEC)

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 · 6:00 p.m. (CT)

Reed Arena (12,989) · College Station, Texas

TV: SEC Network (For more info – 12thMan.com/TV)
Adam Amin, Play-by-Play
Jon Sunvold, Commentary

RADIO: WTAW 1620 AM (Bryan-College Station)
   Dave South, Play-by-Play
   Al Pulliam, Commentary

SATELLITE RADIO: Sirius Ch. 145 / XM Ch. 190
LIVE AUDIO/STATS: 12thman.com/live
LIVE MOBILE LIVE STATS: tamustats.com


COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M men’s basketball team will renew acquaintances with a familiar foe Tuesday night inside Reed Arena when it hosts Arkansas at 6 p.m.

The old Southwest Conference rivals have faced off 153 previous times on the hardwood during the series, which dates back to the 1923-24 season. The Razorbacks stand out as the sixth-most common opponent in A&M men’s basketball history.

Road wins have been difficult to come by in the series with Arkansas losing its last three visits to Aggieland. The last Razorback win in College Station came on Jan. 23, 1991, during Arkansas’ final year of competition in the SWC.

The matchup will be nationally televised on SEC Network with Adam Amin calling the play-by-play action and Jon Sunvold providing color commentary. Radio coverage will be provided on the Aggie Sports Network, which can be heard locally in the Bryan/College Station area on WTAW (1620 AM).

Tuesday night will be Throwback Night at Reed Arena with a bevy of promotions planned, including a costume contest, classic poster giveaway and the opportunity for one lucky fan in attendance to participate in the $5,000 half court challenge. Additionally, the action on the court will have the look of yesteryear as the Aggies will don retro warmups and uniforms for the game.

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Head Coach Billy Kennedy

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Point Guard JC Hampton

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Center Tyler Davis

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SETTING THE SCENE

• After playing three of its last four contests away from home the Aggie return to the friendly confines of Reed Arena to host Arkansas Tuesday night.
• For the long-time Southwest Conference foes, the meeting will be the 154th all-time on the hardwood but just the seventh as SEC members.

AGGIES AMONG THE SEC & NATIONAL LEADERS (Through 1/14 games)

• The Aggies rank 14th nationally in blocked shots per game with an average of 5.9 per contest.
• On the offensive end, A&M has been efficient, ranking second in the SEC by shooting 47.6 percent from the field as a team as well as second in the SEC in assists with an average of 17.1 per contest … The Aggies are third in the league with a 1.2 assist-to-turnover ratio.
• Defensively, A&M ranks third field goal percentage defense by allowing opponents to shoot just 39.6 from the field.
• In the SEC rebounding column, A&M leads the conference in rebounding margin at +6.6 and in offensive rebound percentage at 39.7 percent … The Aggies are 16th nationally in offensive rebounds per game (13.75).
• Nationally, the Aggies rank 23rd in fewest fouls this season (267).
• Rookie Robert Williams continues to stand out as one of the SEC’s brightest freshman, ranking second in the league (19th nationally) with 41 blocked shots for an average of 2.6 per game.
• Sophomore Tyler Davis leads the SEC and ranks 17th nationally in field goal percentage, shooting 60.9 percent from the field … He also ranks seventh in the SEC in total rebounding at 6.9 per contest while checking at second on the offensive glass at 3.3 offensive rebounds per outing.
• Second-year guard Admon Gilder appears throughout the lists of SEC statistical leaders, ranking sixth in steals per game (1.9), eighth assists per game (4.2) and 10th minutes played (31.5).
• Sophomore DJ Hogg continues to rank among the SEC’s top sharpshooters, checking in at sixth in the league shooting 40.7 percent from long range while making 2.5 3-point baskets per contest, third in the SEC.

TRENDS & SUPERLATIVES

• Sophomore Tyler Davis scored 16 points Saturday at Mississippi State to lead the Aggies, the 11th time he has paced the team in scoring during his two-year career.
• Freshman Robert Williams notched a pair of blocked shots at MSU to extend his blocked shot streak to 16 games as well as bringing his team-leading blocked shots total to 41 … It stands as the longest such streak by an Aggie since Bryan Davis had a 17-game block streak from Nov. 29, 2009 to Feb. 3, 2010.
• In just his third career start last Wednesday vs. LSU, sophomore guard Chris Collins set career highs in points (12), assists (8), rebounds (4) and 3-point field goals (2) … Collins’ eight assists were the second most by an Aggie this season, trailing only DJ Hogg‘s nine against A&M-Corpus Christi (12/5/16).

NOTING ARKANSAS

• Arkansas is coming off a 92-73 win over Missouri on Saturday in Fayetteville that gave the Razorbacks a 13-4 overall record with a 2-3 mark in SEC games.
• The Razorbacks are 10-2 at Bud Walton Arena this season but just 1-2 in road games.
• Senior forward Moses Kingsley, who was named SEC Preseason Player of the Year, is enjoying a solid campaign as he averages 11.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per contest … The Abuja, Nigeria, native ranks second in the SEC in rebounding and first in blocked shots.
• Senior guard Dusty Hannahs leads team in scoring at 14.2 points per outing, while shooting 43.2 percent from the field and 36.0 percent from 3-point range … The Texas Tech transfer paces the SEC and ranks 10th nationally by shooting 91.2 percent from the free throw line.
• Veteran head coach Mike Anderson is in his sixth season at the helm in Fayetteville … Anderson’s Razorbacks went 16-16 last season with a 9-9 SEC record that saw them finish in a tie for eighth in the league.
• The Razorbacks were picked to finish in fifth in a preseason poll of media that cover the SEC.
• Razorback associate head coach Melvin Watkins served as the 18th head coach in Texas A&M men’s basketball history from 1998-2004 … In six seasons on the Aggie bench, Watkins compiled a 60-112 (.349) record.

SERIES HISTORY VS ARKANSAS (ARKANSAS LEADS 98-55)

• Wednesday will be the seventh SEC contest between the Aggies & Razorbacks … the two schools shared a spot in the Southwest Conference from 1915 until 1991 when the Razorbacks joined the SEC.
• The two schools have faced off 153 previous times on the hardwood during the series, which dates back to the 1923-24 season … Arkansas stands out as the sixth-most common opponent in A&M men’s basketball history.
• Texas A&M is winless during its last eight trips to Fayetteville, having last won at Arkansas on March 1, 1986.
• Last season the two schools split a pair of meetings with each team winning on its home court.
• A&M’s Billy Kennedy is 3-4 all-time as a head coach against the Razorbacks … his lone meeting against Arkansas prior to his tenure at A&M came during the 1997-98 season while the head coach at Centenary … the Gents fell in Fayetteville 61-48.
• Kennedy’s head coaching counterpart, Arkansas’ Mike Anderson, is 3-9 all-time against the Aggies.

UP NEXT AFTER THE ARKANSAS GAME

Texas A&M continues its two-game homestand at Reed Arena by hosting Georgia at 11 a.m. on Saturday … The game is slated to be televised on ESPN2.

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Texans offensive coordinator Godsey won’t return

(Source: @HoustonTexans)

(Source: @HoustonTexans)

HOUSTON (AP) _ Houston Texans offensive coordinator George Godsey will not return next season.

The team announced the move Monday afternoon saying that the team and Godsey “have mutually agreed to part ways.”

Coach Bill O’Brien says in a release that he is “grateful for the tireless work ethic and contributions George has made to our team over the last three years.”

Godsey was in his second season as offensive coordinator after working as quarterbacks coach in his first year with the team in 2014.

His work came under fire this season as Houston’s offense ranked near the bottom of the league behind the struggles of new quarterback Brock Osweiler.

Godsey called the plays at the beginning of the season, but O’Brien took away his play-calling duties and began calling them himself in late September after the offense failed to move the ball consistently.

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Premier Development League Soccer Headed to the Brazos Valley

Bryan-College Station, TX (January 16, 2017) – The Clutch Entertainment Group announced today that the Brazos Valley will have a franchise competing in the Premier Development League for the upcoming 2017 season.
The announcement was held at the Calvary Court Boutique Hotel today with over 100 guests from the community in attendance.
The Premier Development League was founded in 1995 and features 67 teams in four conferences and has teams in both the United States and Canada. According to the PDL website, 70 percent of players drafted into the MLS have played in the PDL. The PDL consist mainly of elite level college players and 85 percent of rosters consist of players who have played college soccer in North America.
Brazos Valley will be an affiliate of the Houston Dynamo, the first time an affiliated team will be in the area in over 60 years. The team will have a multi-year agreement with the Dynamo. Houston will have a hybrid affiliation meaning they will be responsible for selecting players and coaching staff. The hybrid affiliation is the first of its kind in the PDL. Clutch Entertainment Group, which owns the Brazos Valley Bombers, will handle the day-to-day operations of the club.
The team name will be decided on by a fan vote online. The contest will start tomorrow and will be located on the team website, www.bvsoccer2017.com.
The head coach for the inaugural season will be James Clarkson. Clarkson has been with the Houston Dynamo for 10 years as the Academy Director and oversaw the creation and development of that program. He played professionally in New Zealand for Manawatu AFC and also played non-league soccer in England. Nine of his Academy players have signed professionally with the 1st team and three of his players are currently on the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros roster.
The Brazos Valley will play their home games at Nutrabolt Stadium, home of the Brazos Valley Bombers. The city approved $1.86 million of join effort renovations which will make the field a multi-sport facility.
Brazos Valley will be a part of the Southern Conference and will compete in the Mid-South Division. Last year the Mid-South Division was comprised of five teams and the conference consisted of 12 teams.
The home opener is on June 5th and the team will have 14 regular season games and one friendly match. They will play eight home games and seven road games.

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Packers pull off upset in Big-D

ARLNGTON, Texas (AP) _ The first major upset of the NFL playoffs has occurred and the victims are the Dallas Cowboys, the top seed in the NFC. The Green Bay Packers stunned Dallas 34-31. The Cowboys have won just two playoff games since 1996.

Mason Crosby boomed a 51-yard field goal at the final gun to send the Packers to the NFC title game against Atlanta. Crosby had hit a 56-yarder with 1:33 left before the Cowboys tied it. The big play in Green Bay’s game-winning drive was a 35-yard completion from Aaron Rodgers to Jared Collins on a third-and-20 situation.

Rodgers threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns as the 12-6 Packers won their eighth straight. The Cowboys finished 13-4.

The Packers will visit Atlanta in Rodgers’ third NFC title game.

After finding Bryant again , Prescott powered through the middle for the 2-point conversion that tied the game at 28.

Then came an exchange of long field goals only 58 seconds apart after the two-minute warning before Rodgers and the Packers got one more shot, and set up Mason Crosby’s 51-yard field goal.

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Williams’ 25 Leads Aggies To 67-59 Win At Florida

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

GAINESVILLE, Fla.- Danni Williams scored 25, including five 3-pointers, as Texas A&M defeated Florida 67-59 in a women’s basketball game at Exactech Arena.

The Aggies (14-4, 4-1 SEC) got off to a hot start, jumping out to a 15-8 lead less than five minutes into the first quarter. The Gators (9-9, 0-5 SEC) went on a run and led most of the second quarter, leading to a 36-35 halftime advantage.

The Aggies regained their form in the third quarter, outscoring Florida 19-11 in the frame, and never letting the Gators closer than five points in the fourth quarter.

Williams led the Aggies’ 3-point barrage, as Texas A&M sunk nine from downtown, the most for Texas A&M in a single game since Jan. 27, 2013. Williams 25 marks her third straight game with at least 19 points.

Curtyce Knox had 16 points with the Aggies’ other four 3-point makes. Khaalia Hillsman came a rebound short of a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds, going a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor.

The Aggies return to action on Thursday, January 19 at Missouri, with broadcast coverage on SEC Network starting at 8 p.m. Texas A&M returns home on January 22 to host LSU at 4 p.m. inside Reed Arena.


QUICKIE NOTES
• Texas A&M improves to 14-4 on the season and 4-1 in SEC play. Florida falls to 9-9 and 0-5 in SEC play.
• The Aggies made nine 3-pointers in this game, the most since the Aggies drained 12 against Missouri on Jan. 27, 2013.
• Khaalia Hillsman has scored in double figures in all 18 games this season
• Curtyce Knox scored 10+ points for the seventh time this season and fourth time in five SEC games
• Danni Williams scored 20+ points for the second straight game and the seventh time this season
o Her five 3-pointers were the most by a Texas A&M player since Jan. 27, 2013, when Adrienne Pratcher (6) and Peyton Little (5) both had 5+ threes.
o She scored 10+ points for the 17th time in 18 games this year, and the eighth straight game.
• Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 323-133 in his 14 seasons at Texas A&M and 731-296 in his Hall of Fame career. He is tied for seventh among active coaches and tied for 13th all-time in career wins.
• Blair has won 103 SEC games in his career, the most of any active SEC coach

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