Jones, Walker, Williams Pick Up All-SEC Honors

Three Texas A&M women’s basketball players were honored with yearly SEC awards on Tuesday, as Courtney Walker was named to the SEC First Team, Courtney Williams was named to the SEC Second Team, and Jordan Jones was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year, in addition to being named to the SEC Second Team and All-Defensive Team.

Jones becomes the second player in SEC history to win Defensive Player of the Year twice, and the first woman to win the award in back-to-back seasons. Prior to Jones, only Ole Miss’ Arminite Price had won the award twice (2004-05 and 2006-07). Jones was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team for the second straight year and was named Second Team All-SEC for the first time. Jones averaged 9.0 points, 6.6 assists and 1.9 steals per game this season before her injury on Feb. 26.

Walker was named First Team All-SEC for the second straight year, becoming just the fifth player at A&M to earn First Team All-Conference honors in back-to-back seasons, and is the only Aggie with two First Team All-SEC honors. Walker averaged a team-leading 14.8 points per game this season, and ranks ninth on A&M’s career scoring list. The Edmond, Okla., native earned SEC Player of the Week honors twice this season.

Williams was named to the SEC Second Team for the second straight year after averaging 14.3 points per game this season. Williams had five 20+ point scoring games this season, and concluded the year by scoring 11-or-more points in each of A&M’s last seven games.


First Team All-SEC

Makayla Epps, Kentucky
Danielle Ballard, LSU
Tia Faleru, Ole Miss
Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina
Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina
A’ja Wilson, South Carolina
Cierra Burdick, Tennessee
Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee
Courtney Walker, Texas A&M

Second Team All-SEC

Jessica Jackson, Arkansas
Jennifer O’Neill, Kentucky
Jordan Frericks, Missouri
Martha Alwal, Mississippi State
Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State
Alaina Coates, South Carolina
Jordan Jones, Texas A&M
Courtney Williams, Texas A&M


Haley Lorenzen, Florida
Mackenzie Engram, Georgia
Alexis Jennings, Kentucky
A’Queen Hayes, Ole Miss
Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State
Morgan Williams, Mississippi State
A’ja Wilson, South Carolina
Rebekah Dahlman, Vanderbilt


Linnae Harper, Kentucky
Danielle Ballard, LSU
Martha Alwal, Mississippi State
Alaina Coates, South Carolina
Jordan Jones, Texas A&M

Co-Coaches of the Year: Vic Schaefer, Mississippi State / Dawn Staley, South Carolina
Player of the Year: Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina
Freshman of the Year: A’ja Wilson, South Carolina
Defensive Player of the Year: Jordan Jones, Texas A&M
6th Woman of the Year: Jennifer O’Neill, Kentucky
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

Cowboys Put Franchise Tag Worth $12.8 Million on Dez Bryant

IRVING, Texas (AP) _ Dez Bryant will get four more months to work on a long-term deal with the Cowboys and make $12.8 million next year after the team used its franchise tag on the star wide receiver.

Bryant led the NFL with a club-record 16 touchdowns in the final year of a rookie contract that paid $11.8 million over five years.

The 26-year-old Bryant was the fastest Dallas player to 300 career receptions and second-fastest to 50 touchdowns behind Bob Hayes.

The Cowboys also have to decide whether to re-sign running back DeMarco Murray after he had a league-leading 1,845 yards rushing in the final year of his contract. He becomes a free agent March 10.

Parsons and Chandler Will Sit for Mavs Against Pelicans

DALLAS (AP) _ Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons will miss Monday night’s game against New Orleans because of injuries, leaving the Mavericks without two of their frontcourt starters for the second straight game.

Chandler has a bruised left hip that kept him out of Saturday’s loss to Brooklyn, and Parsons will miss his fifth straight game after spraining his left ankle in a win over Houston.

Coach Rick Carlisle said Monday he was optimistic both could return when Dallas plays three games in four nights on the West Coast starting with Portland on Thursday night.

The 7-1 Chandler leads the Mavericks with 25 double-doubles and is an important defensive presence around the basket. Parsons is averaging 15.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

Aggies Dismiss Volunteers, Move to 2-0 in SEC Play

COLLEGE STATION – The No. 9 Texas A&M men’s tennis team withstood frigid temperatures and a 14-hour weather delay to defeat the Tennessee Volunteers 4-1 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center Monday morning. The Aggies improved to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in SEC play while the Vols fell to 8-6 overall and 0-2 in league play.

“This was another important win for us at home,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “In this league you have to hold serve at home and try to steal a couple matches on the road. This seemed like an eternity to play this match with a rain delay and I know that these kinds of conditions are a drain on the team, but they faced the adversity and came out with a win.”

As play resumed Monday morning the Aggies were staked to a 1-0 lead after yesterday’s doubles results. The home team took the lead through wins from freshmen duo AJ Catanzariti and Arthur Rinderknech and juniors Harrison Adamsand Shane Vinsant. The junior duo tallied their third win over a top-5 opponent this spring defeating No. 3 and NCAA Doubles Champions Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese.

“Harry and Shane played really well yesterday and I knew they were excited to play the NCAA Champs from a season ago,” Denton added. “They have been playing very well this spring and they came out and played with a lot of intensity and confidence yesterday against a very talented doubles team from Tennessee.”

No. 65 Vinsant translated the doubles momentum onto the singles court claiming a win over Reese 6-3, 6-1 on court two. The A&M junior claimed his first win on court two and improved to 2-1 in dual matches this season.

Reigning SEC Freshman of the Week Rinderknech continued his torrid play with his fifth straight win this spring, defeating Luis Valero 6-1, 6-3 on court four. The Frenchman is now 8-1 in the maroon and white and 1-0 in SEC play.

The Aggies clinched the win with No. 88 Catanzariti’s straight-set win on court five over Jess Jones. The A&M freshman paces the Aggies with 21 wins this year against just seven losses. The Pennsylvania native is now 2-0 SEC matches and 4-1 on court five.

“These two freshmen are growing up on the court for us,” Denton said. “They have been getting more comfortable in college tennis and it shows on the court. Both Arthur and AJ have been more aggressive  and confident on the court and that is exactly what we need from both of them moving forward.”

The Aggies will hit the road for the first time this season on a SEC road trip at No. 7 Georgia on Friday followed by a Sunday match up with No. 34 South Carolina.

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#9 Texas A&M 4, #56 Tennessee 1

Singles competition

1. #66 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) vs. #15 Mikelis Libietis (UT) 4-6, 5-3 unfinished

2. #65 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Hunter Reese (UT) 6-3, 6-1

3. Jack Schipanski (UT) def. #39 Harrison Adams (TAMU) 6-1, 6-3

4. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Luis Valero (UT) 6-1, 6-3

*5. #88 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) def. Jess Jones (UT) 6-2, 6-4

6. Max Lunkin (TAMU) vs. Brandon Fickey (UT) 5-7, 3-0 unfinished

Doubles competition

1. #8 Shane Vinsant/Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. #3 Hunter Reese/Mikelis Libietis (UT) 6-2

2. #22 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) vs. Luis Valero/Bartosz Sawicki (UT) 4-4, unfinished

3. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Jack Schipanski/Andrew Dromsky (UT) 6-4

Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,2,4,5)

* Clinched the Match

Jimmy Johnson Winner In Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) _ Jimmie Johnson was the winner of yesterday’s Sprint Cup
race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The six-time Cup champion pulled away after
a final restart with 13 laps to go to get the win. The victory is the 71st of
Johnson’s career, and his fourth in Atlanta.

Aggie Women’s Basketball Drop to LSU And Are a 5th Seed Going Into SEC Tournament

BATON ROUGE, La.- The No. 12 Texas A&M women’s basketball team fell 80-63 at LSU on Sunday inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The Aggies (23-7, 10-6) finish the Southeastern Conference season in a tie for fourth with LSU (16-12, 10-6), marking the 10th straight year that Texas A&M has finished in their conference’s top four. LSU receives the four seed in the SEC tournament via the tiebreaker.

LSU jumped out to a 34-14 lead by the 6:54 mark of the first half and never let up, even though A&M closed the deficit to 49-39 early in the second half.

Courtney Williams led the Aggies with 19 points, and was joined in double figures by Courtney Walker (12) and Khaalia Hillsman (10).

The Aggies begin the SEC Tournament in Little Rock, Ark. as the 5-seed on Thursday, March 5.

A&M Men’s and Woman’s Track Finish 3rd At SEC Indoor Championships

LEXINGTON – A pair of Aggies were crowned as conference individual champions Saturday during the final day of the SEC Indoor Championships held at Nutter Field House while the A&M men claimed the 4×400 for the third consecutive year.

In addition Texas A&M produced six runner-up performances as the men and women both finished third in team scoring. The Aggie men totaled 87 points behind Florida (114) and Arkansas (89) while the A&M women had 81.9 points following Arkansas (130) and Florida (86).

“There are some highs and some lows for us today,” said Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “I’m disappointed with a number of people and situations today, but on the other hand I’m elated with some people with what they did. We can’t have those kinds of situations in a big meet, we all need to be prepared and on the same page. To be third here today with both groups was a great meet for us, there is no question about it.”

Following the Aggie men were Mississippi (62), LSU (53), Alabama (49), Tennessee (48), Georgia (46), Auburn (34), South Carolina (31), Missouri (27) and Kentucky (22). Finishing behind the A&M women were Kentucky (76), LSU (51), Georgia (50), Mississippi State (36.7), Alabama (34), Missouri (32), Tennessee (22), Auburn (21), Vanderbilt (18.2), Mississippi (14.2) and South Carolina (9).

Hillary Montgomery and Grace Fletcher took control of the women’s 5,000 meters early and pulled away from the field. As they maneuvered their way through lapped runners in the latter half of the race, Montgomery won in 16:16.00 with Fletcher runner-up at 16:22.48.

“It’s so incredible for us to come out here and represent Texas A&M like that,” said Montgomery. “It’s amazing. We’ve all worked incredible hard and I’m so happy it paid off. Having Grace right behind me encouraged me to keep going with that pace.”

Karis Jochen added a couple of points with a seventh-place effort of 16:39.72, which is No. 7 on the A&M all-time list. The Aggies totaled 20 points in the event.

“Those two ladies are exactly what we have to have,” noted Henry. “They went out and took the lead, created a gap and ran their own race. Nobody could run with them, it was a great effort.”

Shamier Little dominated the 400 field with a 51.37 winning time over a 52.00 by Florida’s Kyra Jefferson in her section and the 52.03 from Taylor Ellis-Watson of Arkansas in the first section. For an oversized track Little produced the 10th fastest time ever on the world all-time list and is the third fastest collegian and second fastest American ever.

“It’s exciting to run that fast, a PR is always a great thing,” said Little. “I didn’t think much about the time from the first section I just wanted to run my race and win. Kyra is a 200 specialist so I know getting to the break is going to be tough between us. I didn’t panic about being in lane six where I couldn’t see her.”

The marks ahead of her on the collegiate and U.S. list for oversized tracks include a 51.13 by Hazel-Ann Regis of LSU, who is from Grenada, as well as a 51.15 by Texas A&M’s Jessica Beard. Regis set her mark on the Nutter track in 2004 while Beard produced hers during the 2010 Big 12 meet in Ames, Iowa.

“Shamier is a talent,” said Henry. “If she comes to the meet and says this is what I’m going to do, then she could do whatever she wants to do. She is a big time talent.”

Little finished third in the SEC Indoor 400 as a freshman last season and also claimed third at the NCAA Indoor. Later she claimed the SEC Outdoor 400 title before rolling along to multiple titles in the 400 hurdles that included the NCAA, US Juniors and World Juniors.

In the men’s 4×400 the Aggie crew of Gregory Coleman, Shavez Hart, Deon Hickey and Bralon Taplin chased down the Gators on the final lap to claim a third consecutive SEC Indoor title in the event. In running 3:03.75 Texas A&M broke the facility record of 3:04.22 set by Florida earlier this season.

The Gators were runner-up in 3:04.28 with LSU third at 3:05.05 and Alabama fourth in 3:08.23.

“To run 3:03 with that group of guys without your best leg, we proved some things today and ran with a lot of heart,” stated Henry.

The additional runner-up efforts for the Aggies included Brea Garrett in the weight throw, Bralon Taplin in the 400, Shavez Hart in the 200, Latario Collie in the triple jump and the men’s distance medley relay.

Garrett finished second in the weight throw at the SEC for the third consecutive year. Her mark of 72-3.5 (22.03) only trailed a 73-8 (22.45) toss from Missouri’s Kearsten Peoples, the current collegiate leader.

Following Garrett was a trio of Aggie throwers who each set a personal best. Alison Ondrusek placed sixth with a 61-3.5 (18.68), which is No. 4 on the A&M all-time list, while Carissa van Beek finished eighth with a mark of 60-0.25 (18.29), moving her to No. 7 at A&M. Shelbi Vaughan was 11th with a 56-6.5 (17.23) that is No. 10 all-time with the Aggies.

Taplin challenged for the title in the 400 as he posted a 45.52 behind a 45.37 from Florida’s Najee Glass while LSU’s Vernon Norwood placed third in 45.68. In the 200, Hart won his section in 20.90 and finished second overall after a 20.69 was posted by LSU’s Aaron Ernest. A&M’s Devin Jenkins finished sixth overall with a 21.07 that placed third in the same heat with Hart.

Collie engaged in another triple jump tussle with Florida’s Marquise Dendy and placed second with a 54-4 (16.56). Dendy, who won his third SEC Indoor long jump on Friday, claimed his first SEC Indoor title in the triple jump with a leap of 55-8.5 (16.98). Dendy produced that mark in the third round right after Collie improved from 52-4 to 54-4.

More A&M points came in the event from Olibanji Asekun, who had an indoor best of 51-9.75 (15.79) to place sixth. Jeffrey Prothro just missed making the final three rounds as he placed 10th with a 50-8.25 (15.45).

The men’s distance medley relay posted a time of 9:46.00 to earn second place and register the No. 10 time at A&M. Running on the relay were Cameron Villarreal, Carlyle Roudette, Gaines Kinsey and Isaac Spencer. Mississippi won the race in 9:43.87 while Missouri finished third in 9:46.65. The Aggies were runner-up two years ago and finished third in this race last season.

Chase Wolfle equaled the school record in the pole vault to place third as he lead an Aggie 3-4-5 finish for 15 points. Wolfle cleared 18-0.5 (5.50) to join Greg West (1990) and Richard McDonald (1998) as record holders.

In last year’s SEC Indoor meet Wolfle had a best of 17-11 for third place. In repeating his bronze medal performance, he made it over 17-3 on a second attempt, cleared 17-9.25 on his first attempt and then needed all three attempts to get over 18-0.5. Three misses at 18-3.75 (5.58) left him in third place.

Andrew Irwin of Arkansas won the pole vault with a clearance of 18-3.75 while Tennessee’s Jake Blankenship finished runner-up with the same height as misses at an earlier height broke the tie.

Also setting personal best marks in the vault were a pair of A&M frosh in Audie Wyatt (17-6.25) and Carl Johansson (17-3) as they finished fourth and fifth. The 3-4-5 Aggie finish earned 15 team points. Wyatt moves to No. 7 and Johansson is now No. 9 on the A&M all-time list.

As defending champion, Kamaria Brown won her section of the 200 in 23.03. Then she watched as Jefferson of Florida (23.012) and Kentucky’s Dezerea Bryant (23.015) both run 23.02 in the next section to take first and second. Brown, who won the SEC title in a school record of 22.50 last year, settled for third place while teammate Aaliyah Brown ran 23.61 for sixth place.

Kamaria and Aaliyah teamed up for the first two legs on the 4×400 as A&M placed third in 3:32.90 behind Arkansas (3:30.79) and Kentucky (3:31.43) while finishing ahead of Florida (3:34.28). Also running on the relay for the Aggies were Ashton Purvis and Shamier Little.

Points were also scored by A. Brown in the 60 as she equaled her career best of 7.28 for fourth place and Jennifer Madu ran 7.33 for fifth place.

Hector Hernandez neared the career best he set in the prelims of the 800 to place fourth in the final with a 1:48.96. Villarreal finished seventh in the mile with a 4:05.50. Austin Wells improved his indoor best to 14:24.25 to place 13th in the 5,000 meters.

Lindon Victor scored 5,330 points to finish seventh in the heptathlon and move to No. 6 on the A&M all-time list. Daniel Martin placed 12th with a point total of 4,985 as he produced a 2:30.98 to win the 1,000m by seven and a half seconds.

Kara Erickson cleared 5-7.75 for seventh place in the high jump. Jena Hemann and Annie Kunz both cleared 5-5.75 to finish in a five-way tie for eighth place.

The past two years the women’s distance medley relay placed 10th in the SEC meet, but an 11:34.84 earned eighth place from the crew of Fletcher, Ebony Crear, Katie Willard and Montgomery. They ran the fourth fastest time in school history.

Aggie Softball on a 10-0 Run / UTSA Postponed

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M softball team extended their win streak to ten games after two wins on Saturday, a come-from-behind 7-3 victory over Illinois State and a 7-1 defeat of Boston University.

Senior Rachel Fox got the start against Illinois State, setting a season-high with 11 strikeouts and allowing only six hits. Junior Katie Marks stepped into the circle against Boston and fanned five batters, allowing only a single hit and two walks.

The Aggies opened the second day of the Texas A&M Invitational against Illinois State, with both teams getting on board in the first inning.

The Redbirds struck first on an RBI single to left field that called the runner on third home. Trailing for the first time this weekend, the Aggies went to work in the bottom of the first. Senior Brittany Clopton led off with a double to right field and was sent home by a double down the first base line by junior Cali Lanphear. A single up the middle on the next play by sophomore April Ryan scored Lanphear for the final run of the inning.

Illinois State answered in the top of the second, scoring on a solo shot home run to tie the game at two all. Neither team would score again until the fifth inning with a gritty, defensive battle highlighting two scoreless innings.

With a runner in scoring position at third base, a Redbird batter hit a double down the left field line for the go-ahead run.

The Aggies trailed until the bottom of the sixth, when they blew the lead wide open with a five run inning. Three walks in a row loaded the bases with freshman Tori Vidales, junior Cali Lanphear and sophomore April Ryan. A sacrifice fly from sophomore Celena Massey called Vidales home for the equalizing run and put two runners in scoring position for A&M. Staring down two outs, sophomore Reagan Boenker loaded the bases again with a single to shortstop.

With freshman Kayla Ober on to pinch run for Boenker, freshman Erica Russellstepped up to the plate and hit a flare just over the third baseman’s head for a two RBI double, scoring Ryan and Lanphear. A laser right up the middle from Clopton gave the Aggies back-to-back two RBI doubles and a throwing error put Clopton on third. The third out stranded Clopton but the Aggies entered the top of the seventh with a 7-3 lead.

Fox and the A&M defense allowed one runner on base but no hits in the top of the seventh to close the game and ensure the victory.

The second game of Texas A&M’s doubleheader got off to a slow start, with both teams recording a hit and getting a runner on base but the game remained scoreless.

The Aggies started their attack in the bottom of the second with a single up the middle from freshman Kristen Cuyos. Cuyos advanced to second on a wild pitch and Boenker joined her on the bags on a full count walk. Russell stepped up to the plate and launched another clutch hit to right center, scoring Cuyos and Boenker and advancing to third on a throwing error.

A single from Clopton and bunt from Masek loaded the bases for the first time in the game. A sacrifice fly from Vidales scored Russell for the final run of the inning. The Aggies stranded three runners en route to taking a 3-0 lead.

The Terriers threatened in the third, putting a runner in scoring position on second base but couldn’t capitalize and left her stranded.

The A&M attack began again in the bottom of the fourth. With Masek and Clopton on first and second base, a monster hit to the right field wall by Vidales earned her two more RBIs as Clopton and Masek rounded the bases. A double to right field from Ryan sent Vidales home and another single up the middle for freshman Ashley Walters scored the seventh and final Aggie run.

Boston managed to get on the board in the top of the sixth on a bases loaded walk. With the bags still full, Cuyos got behind a ground ball and made the throw to Ryan at second to pick off the lead runner and close the inning.

Three outs away from victory, the Aggie defense played a near-perfect half inning to end their second day of competition on the weekend. Marks opened with a three-pitch strikeout and Vidales sprinted in to grab a bunt and make a wicked throw to Ryan covering first base. The final out came on a deep, high ball to right field that Clopton snagged without wavering.

The Aggies are now riding an ten game winning streak and haven’t lost since their midweek match with No. 2 Oregon earlier this month.

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Aggie Men’s Hoops Get Win No. 20

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) – Jalen Jones scored 19 points as Texas A&M ran away from Auburn 80-55 on Saturday night.

KT Harrell scored 18 points in leading the Tigers (12-17, 4-12 SEC), who were without second-leading scorer Antoine Mason (15.1 points per game). Mason was with his family following the death of his father, former NBA forward Anthony Mason, on Saturday morning. A&M honored Anthony Mason with a moment of silence prior to the game.

A&M (20-8, 11-5 SEC), which hadn’t won more than eight SEC games in its three previous seasons under coach Billy Kennedy, continued on a likely quest to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011.

The Aggies led 36-28 at halftime despite a poor first 20 minutes from leading scorer Danuel House. The transfer from the University of Houston was 3 of 13 from the floor in the first half, missing all seven of his 3-point attempts.


● The Aggies hit the road next week to face Florida inside Gainsville’s O’Connell Center on Tuesday at 8 p.m. (CT) … A&M will be searching for the season sweep of the Gators, who they defeated 63-62 in College Station earlier this season

A&M Baseball Sweeps Dartmouth

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies completed a three-game series sweep of Dartmouth Sunday and ran their win streak to 12 games with a 10-4 win over the Big Green on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

The 12-0 start is their best since the 1993 campaign when the Aggies went 14-0 out of the gate.

Texas A&M did a brilliant job setting the table early in the game. In each of the first five innings, the first two hitters of the frame reached base. It paid off with three-run frames in the first, second and fourth innings and one run in the fifth. Double plays in the third and fifth prevented further damage.

As it had done in the previous two games of the series, Dartmouth drew first blood. The Big Green struck with a run in the top of the first inning. Matt Parisi started the frame by beating out a throw by shortstop Blake Allemand for an infield single. Nick Ruppert followed with a perfectly placed bunt down the third baseline for an infield single. Joe Purritano pushed both runners into scoring position with a groundout to first base, but after Nick Lombardi struck out swinging for the second out of the inning, a passed ball allowed Parisi to scoring, staking Dartmouth to a 1-0 lead.

The A&M offense offered an immediate response in triplicate. Blake Allemand and Ryne Birk were issued walks to start the bottom of the first. Mitchell Nau threaded a double down the rightfield line to plate Allemand with the equalizer. A groundout to second by Hunter Melton plated Birk for the go-ahead run and Nick Banks slapped a single to leftfield to plate Nau for the 3-1 advantage.

The Aggies kept churning out runs in the second. Another pair of walks started the second with Jonathan Moroney and Michael Barash getting the free passes. Allemand gapped a double into right centerfield to send Moroney home. Birk and Nau each drove in a run with a groundout to inflate the A&M lead to 6-1.

The Big Green offered resistance in the top of the third. Parisi and Ruppert started the inning with singles to put two runners on for Joe Purritano. The Dartmouth designated hitter doubled down the rightfield line, send two runs in. Purritano advanced to third on the throw home and scored on Nick Lombardi’s groundout to short, cutting the A&M advantage to 6-4.

Texas A&M failed to score a run in the third despite loading the bases with no outs, but they would not falter in the fourth. Singles by Allemand and Birk put runners on the corners and Nau slipped a single through the left side of the infield to plate Allemand. Melton singled to right-center knocking in Birk and Banks pushed the lead to 9-4 with a sacrifice fly.

The Aggies capped off the scoring in the fifth. With two outs, Ryne Birk singled to rightfield to drive in Michael Barash who was hit by a pitch.

Matt Kent (3-0) became the first Aggie pitcher to log three wins on the season. He allowed four runs, three earned, on eight hits and one walk while striking out a season-high eight in 6.0 innings.

Starting pitcher Adam Frank (0-1) was saddled with the loss for Dartmouth. Doomed by the free passes, he allowed six runs on four hits and six walks over 2.0 innings plus three batters in the third inning.

Texas A&M’s offense reached double digits in the hits column for the 10th time in 12 games. The Aggies registered 13 hits with five different players recording multiple hits. Allemand, Birk, Nau, Banks and Logan Taylor notched two hits apiece. A&M also drew six walks, with four of the patient Aggies coming around to score. Nau led the squad with three RBI and Allemand scored a game-high three runs.

Matt Parisi led Dartmouth at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two runs. Nick Ruppert went 2-for-4 with one run.

Texas A&M returns to action on Tuesday as the Aggies host the Dallas Baptist in a 6:35 pm contest at Blue Bell Park.

Tori Scott Named to SEC Community Service Team

In a continuing effort to recognize the accomplishments of student-athletes beyond the field of competition, the SEC once again highlighted a Community Service Team for women’s basketball for the 2014-15 season. Texas A&M senior guard Tori Scott was named to the team for her contributions to the Aggies’ mentor program with Bryan ISD for elementary school children.

Scott has visited Bonham Elementary every week since October to read with school children, in her second year making visits to Bonham Elementary. She also spoke to the school children on the importance of staying in school as part of A&M’s 12 Days of Madness Campaign and made community appearances at First Friday in Downtown Bryan as part of the 12 Days of Madness campaign.

This marks the 17th year for the SEC Community Service Team for women’s basketball as well as for men’s basketball. All league-sponsored sports have had a Community Service Team since 2004, with at-large teams for men’s and women’s sports being chosen from 1999-2003. The SEC began this concept with a football Community Service Team in 1994.

Scott and the Aggies return to the floor tonight, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the team’s final regular season home game, against Missouri.

Nikki Hegstetter • Alabama
Junior • Forward • Kennesaw, Ga.

Habitat for Humanity… The Miracle League of Tuscaloosa… Alabama women’s basketball’s 5th Grade Fastbreak program… Volunteered at local high school basketball camps… Read to elementary school students… Talked with patients at the DCH Manderson Cancer Center… Spent time with residents of Capstone Village Retirement Community… Greeted veterans upon their return to Tuscaloosa from an Honor Flight from Washington, D.C.

Joey Bailey • Arkansas
Junior • Forward • Gunter, Texas

She spoke at the Red Ribbon Rally-about the dangers of drugs and alcohol… Sweat Hogs Salute to Excellence Program… Book Hogs Read to Win Program… Shop With the Razorbacks-SAAC… Lift Up America Program… She made a Visit to the Fayetteville Rehabilitation Center… Razorback Canned Food Drive… Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Day Activities Event… Reading With The Razorbacks… Book Hogs Pizza Party… Mayflower Tornado Relief Help… ALS Walk to Defeat Lou Gehrig’s Disease… Special Olympics Event area games… .    Northwest Arkansas Heart Walk

Tra’Cee Tanner • Auburn
Junior • Forward • Birmingham, Ala.

Involved with “Expressions of a BraveHeart,” a program that provides arts and recreation opportunities for youth and young adults with moderate to severe disabilities… Volunteers regularly at Lee County Humane Society… Joined team to adopt Boykin Daycare Center in Auburn, spending time with the children and donating needed supplies to the center… Helped with a Habitat for Humanity build during the summer… Has helped stuff backpacks as part of the End Hunger Initiative in conjunction with the Jason Dufner Charitable Foundation… Volunteered at the East Alabama Food Bank during Thanksgiving week.

Brooke Copeland • Florida
Freshman • Guard • Cleveland, Tenn.

Brooke’s enthusiasm working with children in the Gainesville community is un-matched… She is one of the top Gator student-athletes this year for volunteering hours in the community… Brooke has spent several hours at Girls Place, where its mission is to empower girls to grow courageous, strong and self-sufficient. We inspire our girls to celebrate themselves—their minds, their hearts, and their physical well-being… Brooke has given tours of the stadium to area youth and spent hours at UF Shands Hospital’s infusion room, helping young patients pass the time during a very difficult and sometimes painful situation…. She spent an entire morning and afternoon volunteering her time with children at Climb for Cancer.

Erika Ford • Georgia
Senior • Guard • Alpharetta, Ga.

Coordinated student-athlete efforts for the Hunger Bowl, which raised $1000 and 1000 pounds of food donations… Coordinated student-athlete participation in Homeruns of Hometown Rivals, a baseball game involving Special Olympians played at UGA’s Foley Field baseball stadium… Took a pie in the face at the Special Olympics Prom to raise money… In addition, took part in the Lady Bulldogs’ annual bike build which provided bicycles at Christmas for 65 worthy children; the SOAR Race to benefit Special Olympics; writing holiday card to deployed troops; collected Toys for Tots donations; raised money for Relay for Life.

Bria Goss • Kentucky
Senior • Guard • Indianapolis, Ind.

Throughout her Wildcat career, Goss has been an active in the Lexington community, but in the summer of 2014, she took it to a different level, traveling to Ethiopia for a week-long service trip. Goss distributed necessities to victims of leprosy, accomplished minor home repairs to impoverished families, served food to prisoners, played games with orphans and spent a day building relationships with street boys. Additionally, Bria delivered beds and mattresses and bedding to several widows, most of whom had been sleeping on dirt floors on piles of straw… Goss has also volunteered locally, packing lunches for underprivileged students in the Lexington school systems for God’s Pantry, and hand-delivering them to schools… She has volunteered to stock clothes at Goodwill for countries with limited clothing and she helped make blankets for sick children at Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

Ann Jones • LSU
Junior • Forward • Memphis, Tenn .

Jones has participated in a variety of community service efforts which includes her work with the Big Buddy program where she volunteered at a local school to mentor youth…. Played a major role in the team’s participation in Thanksgiving with the Tigers, an event where each LSU athletic team adopts an underprivileged child for the holidays and welcomes the child along with his or her family to campus for a Thanksgiving style meal served by the student-athletes and games, activities, and gift exchanges… Jones and her teammates also spent time at the Halloween BOOzar which is an event that provides local children with a safe and fun Halloween experience playing games, getting candy and autographs, and interacting with their favorite LSU student-athletes…. Has volunteered with Alzheimer’s Services Walk/Run to Remember and the Arc of Baton Rouge where she played basketball with special needs children.

Gracie Frizzell • Ole Miss
Redshirt-Junior • Guard • Little Rock, Ark.

With her teammates Frizzell has done Reading With the Rebels, going into elementary schools in Oxford-Lafayette county and reading to elementary school classes… Frizzell has also teamed her teammates to play bingo and other games with residents at Oxford’s Graceland Care Center… Spent an afternoon in the fall helping to build walls on a house under construction with the Oxford – Lafayette County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity… In conjunction with the Ole Miss Athletic department, helped with tornado relief for Columbus, Miss, who was hit with deadly tornadoes over the holidays… In the summer months, helped with basketball clinics with the Horizons Learning Program on the Ole Miss campus, to promote summer learning and retention for local Oxford youth… Regularly helps with Ole Miss postgame clinics and autograph signings.

Savannah Carter • Mississippi State
Senior • Guard • Tulsa, Okla.

Made an immediate impact on the community since arriving on campus two years ago… One of MSU’s representatives on the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council… A member of MSU’s M-Club, Carter regularly visits area schools to speak to students… She has been actively involved in State’s Bully’s Book Blitz, an initiative that encourages local students on the importance of reading… Carter has also volunteered to assist with Starkville schools’ field day events, and she has been a guest speaker for the Starkville Boys & Girls Club… She joined her teammates the past two seasons and assisted at the City of Starkville’s Travis Outlaw Day… This past August she and her teammates had the opportunity to visit Serra Pearson, a Hatley High School student who was battling a rare illness, and present her an autographed basketball and a personalized Mississippi State jersey.

Morgan Eye • Missouri
Senior • Guard • Montrose, Mo.

A major contributor to Missouri’s team for the past four years, Morgan Eye is not only a major player on the court for the Tigers but also off the court. She has spent more than 101 hours serving in the community throughout her career at Mizzou… She is a member of Missouri’s Student Athlete Advisory Council and volunteers with Mizzou’s development department helping to thank donors to the university as well…  Eye volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia and has helped with the Ronald McDonald House Golf Tournament… She volunteered with the Adventure Club, working with children in an after school program… She volunteered at the Light it up Blue Autism Awareness event, and also spent time at local elementary schools reading to young students.

Elem Ibiam • South Carolina
Senior • Center • Fayetteville, Ga.

The most committed on the team to community outreach, doing many projects outside the work the team does as a whole… Spent time at local elementary schools being interviewed by students learning about journalism and as part of a panel about being a student-athlete… Served lunch to the homeless… Volunteered at several run/walk events for local charities… Helped with Sheriff’s Office event at local orphanage.

Cierra Burdick • Tennessee
Senior • Forward • Charlotte, N.C.

University of Tennessee DREAM Team, Captain and Founder, 2013-present… DREAM Team is a group of 12 student-athletes who are committed to being drug, alcohol, tobacco, and violence free while upholding a high standard of moral excellence on and off the playing surface… Water Angels Ministries, Mentor, 2014-present… Boys and Girls Republic of New York City, Coach, 2014… Hoops For Hope, Coach, 2011-14… Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Volunteer, 2014… Emerald Youth Foundation: Mount Zion Baptist Church, Counselor, 2013-14… Camp Montvale & Harmony Family Center, Public Speaker & Volunteer, 2013-14… UT Athletics VOLoween, Coordinator & Volunteer, 2012-14… Habitat For Humanity, Volunteer, 2011-13… Shannondale Nursing Home, Volunteer, 2012-13… Tennessee School for the Deaf, Volunteer, 2012… East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Volunteer, 2012… Let’s Move, Boys & Girls Club, Volunteer, 2012.

Tori Scott • Texas A&M
Senior • Guard • Marrero, La.

Team has partnered with the Bryan School District to form a mentor program for elementary school children… Scott has visited Bonham Elementary every week since October to read with school children… This is her second year making visits to Bonham Elementary… Spoke to the children on the importance of staying in school as part of A&M’s 12 Days of Madness Campaign… Also made community appearances at First Friday in Downtown Bryan as part of 12 Days of Madness.

Kendall Shaw • Vanderbilt
Redshirt-Sophomore • Center • Mont Belvieu, Texas

Kendall has given hours and hours of time with the Nashville Dolphins — a special-needs swim team… She has also worked numerous events around the Nashville area, including a Halloween event at Harris Hillman School, where she escorted students on trick-or-treating around the campus… Worked the School Fair at Eakin Elementary and has also have done “class readings” at the school for the past two years… Took Teddy Bears (from Vanderbilt’s WBB’s annual Teddy Bear toss promotion) to Children’s Hospital.

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Lone Star NBA

Dennis Schroder led six Hawks in double figures with 17 points as Atlanta dumped Dallas 104-87. Monta Ellis had a game-high 19 points for the Mavericks, who blew a 14-point, first-half lead and ended a three-game winning streak. The Mavericks suspended Rajon Rondo for Wednesday’s game in Atlanta for conduct detrimental to the team. The punishment came a day after the point guard had a heated exchange on the court with coach Rick Carlisle and was benched. Carlisle explains the situation.


San Antonio suffered its fourth straight loss as Wesley Matthews had a game-high 31 points for the Trail Blazers in a 111-95 victory over the Spurs in Portland


Houston beat the Clippers for the first time in seven tries as James Harden scored 21 points in the Rockets’ 110-105 triumph against Los Angeles. Rockets Coach Kevin McHale was just happy to finally knock off the Clippers.


A&M Men’s Tennis Time Change

COLLEGE STATION – The start time for Friday’s tennis match between 9th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies and the Kentucky Wildcats at George P. Mitchell Tennis Center has been moved up 2 p.m.

With the forecast for inclement weather on Friday evening, the decision was made to move up the start of the contest an in order to better facilitate completion of match.

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A&M Woman’s Basketball Play Last Regular Season Home Game Tonight

No. 12 Texas A&M plays its final women’s basketball regular season home game of the season on Thursday, February 26 at 7 p.m., as the Aggies take on Missouri.

The game is available exclusively on SEC Network Plus on WatchESPN, with Mike Wright and Tap Bentz on the call. Authenticated users can access the game via WatchESPN on their computers, tablets and mobile phones.

Listeners can tune into the game locally in Bryan-College Station on KZNE 1150 AM, with Gabe Bock and Bret Dark on the call. Fans can also tune into that broadcast on or on the Radio Aggieland app.

The Aggies have won 17 straight home games, and six of their last seven overall. A&M is looking for its second perfect regular season at home, and first since going 16-0 at home in 2006-07. Texas A&M is also playing for seeding in the SEC Tournament, and could clinch a double-bye with a win against Missouri and a LSU loss to Ole Miss.

Prior to the game, A&M seniors Achiri Ade, Allison Chu, Tori Scott and Tavarsha Scott-Williams will be honored as they take the Reed Arena floor for the last time in the regular season.

Missouri is one of the great 3-point shooting teams in the nation, leading the SEC with 7.4 3-pointers per game. Mizzou senior Morgan Eye is second among active players with 352 3-pointers made in her career, and is just 40 away from matching the NCAA career record.

The Aggies conclude the regular season on Sunday, March 1 at LSU on ESPNU, with tip at 1 p.m.

Five Pitchers Combine to Silence Incarnate Word, 7-0

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Five Aggie pitchers combined to hold Incarnate Word to four hits as Texas A&M recorded a 7-0 win Wednesday evening on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

With the win, the Maroon and White remained perfect on the season with a 9-0 start. It marks the best start for the Aggies since they went 10-0 to commence the 2006 campaign.

Brigham Hill (1-0) earned the victory in his first career start. After allowing the first batter of the game to hit a single, the freshman cruised through the rest of his outing, scattering three hits and two walks while striking out nine in 5.1 innings of work.

As it has done most of the season, the A&M bullpen put on a lockdown performance, facing the minimum 11 batters in 3.2 innings of work. The relievers allowed one single, but responded with a double play. In the last three games, Aggie relievers have allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out seven in 9.2 scoreless innings.

Ty Schlottmann was the first out of the pen. He entered the game with a runner on first base and one out in the sixth, but induced a groundout and fly ball to get out of the frame. It marked the 11th consecutive inherited runner left stranded by the Aggie bullpen.

Schlottmann finished with 1.0 scoreless inning in the books. Jason Freeman struck out one of the two batters he faced in 0.2 innings. Lee May Gonzalez made his first career appearance, allowing a hit, but inducing an inning-ending double play to get out of the eighth inning. Mark Ecker closed out the game striking out one of the three batters he faced in the ninth.

The Aggies drew first blood in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Ryne Birk threaded a single through the right side of the infield and Mitchell Nau punched a single to centerfield. GR Hinsley worked a six-pitch walk to fill the bags with Ags and Blake Kopetsky drew a five-pitch walk to stake A&M to a 1-0 lead. UIW starting pitcher Cody Richey avoided further damage in the frame by inducing Ronnie Gideon to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Texas A&M scratched out another run in the fourth. Kopetsky reached on a leadoff single to centerfield and stole second base. After Gideon was issued a base on balls, Blake Allemand attempted to put down a sacrifice bunt. His offering hugged the line for 90 feet before hitting third base for the bases-loading single. Jonathan Moroney knocked in Kopetsky with a sacrifice fly for the 2-0 lead. Another A&M rally failed to reach its full potential as the frame ended with a pair of groundouts.

The Aggies took advantage of a pair of Cardinals errors in the sixth to blow the game open. Allemand reached on an error by the UIW shortstop to start the inning. After Moroney singled to rightfield, Patrick McLendon attempted to sacrifice the runners into scoring position. Catcher Colton Besett’s throw to first was in the dirt and the error gave A&M saturated bases for the third time in the game.

With the infield drawn in, JB Moss nearly hit a Baltimore chopper over the third baseman’s head, but Brance Kahle was able to snare it with a leap. Kahle tried to retire Allemand, who broke on contact, at home, but the throw was late, giving Moss the RBI fielder’s choice. A wild pitch allowed Moroney to score for the 4-0 lead. With two runners in scoring position, Nau ripped a pitch off the pitcher’s abdomen. He was able to reach first on the infield single, but the runners were unable to advance, giving A&M loaded bases again. A balk brought McLendon home and Hinsley plated Moss with a grounder to short as Texas A&M scored its first six runs of the game without an RBI hit.

Gideon put the finishing touches on the game with a leadoff home run to leftfield, his third whammy of the season. It marked the 13th of the year for the Aggies who didn’t hit number 13 until the 36th game of the season in 2014.

Nau went 3-for-4 to lead all hitters. Moroney and Birk each added two hits for A&M. The Aggies registered 10 hits on the evening, reaching double-digits for the eighth time in nine games.

Incarnate Word (4-6) was paced by Mark White head who logged two of the Cardinals’ four hits.

Cody Richey (0-3) was saddled with the loss. He allowed two runs on six hits and five walks while striking out two over 4.1 innings.

The Aggies return to action on Friday when they host the Dartmouth Big Green in a three-game series. First pitch times are 6:35 on Friday, 2:05 on Saturday and 12:05 on Sunday.


Head coach Rob Childress

Thoughts on the game….

“I thought our pitching and our defense was outstanding tonight and it all started with Brigham Hill. The leadoff hitter of the game singled I think he retired thirteen in a row after that and just a marvelous performance. I’m very, very proud of him tonight.”

On Patrick McLendon getting his first start at second base…

“He’s a great defender and a great baseball player. He is a big part of everything we are trying to do whether he is starting or coming off the bench. I thought he played really well tonight.

Freshman pitcher Brigham Hill

On the first career start…

“It felt amazing. I was a little nervous out there at first but it was nice when your teammates make plays. Mitch (Nau) saved me a lot, framing up pitches and blocking a lot of balls in the dirt. It allows to me have to have the confidence to go out there and throw strikes. It felt good.”

On the defense behind him…

“They were incredible. That’s what gave me confidence out there, knowing they were behind me making plays and cheering me on.”

 Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

#22 Aggie Softball Knocks Off Houston 6-3 in Midweek Contest

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Senior Rachel Fox threw a complete-game as the 22nd-ranked Texas A&M softball team (13-4) downed Houston (7-12), 6-3 in a midweek contest.

Fox (8-3) gave up just three runs on five hits and two walks, while fanning three batters, through seven innings of work in the circle. Sophomore Abby Donnell was 3-for-3 with one run on the day.

After a scoreless first, the Aggies got on the board in the bottom of the second inning to take a 3-0 lead. Freshman Ashley Walters opened the home portion reaching first on an error at third base and was immediately joined on the bags by a double down the left field line from freshman Kristen Cuyos, putting both runners in scoring position.  A homer over the center field wall from sophomore Reagan Boenker brought both home and gave A&M the first lead of the game.

Houston tried to chip away at the Aggies’ lead in the third, putting two runners in scoring position with two outs. The Cougars managed to get one across home plate on an error at catcher, leading to a 3-1 Aggie lead.

The fourth inning was when the A&M ball club pulled away from the Cougars. Down two outs, Donnell hit a stand-alone double to left field and senior Brittany Clopton followed her with a single to third base. An error allowed junior Alex Masek to get to first and load the bases for the Aggies. Freshman Tori Vidales was walked on a full count, sending Donnell home for the fourth run. A streaking double from junior Cali Lanphear sent Clopton and Masek speeding around the bags for the final two runs of the inning and a 6-1 Aggie lead.

The Cougars weren’t ready to throw in the towel, scoring in the top of the fifth on an RBI double and a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh for a 6-3 final score.

Let’s Hear a Hullabaloo…

… for lucky number seven. Senior Brittany Clopton has been successful in the leadoff spot this spring, batting .333 with 18 hits and 14 runs. A single in the game against Houston gave her a hit in seven consecutive contests for the Aggies. Gig ‘em, Brittany!

Up Next

The Aggies host Boston University, Illinois State and UTSA at the Texas A&M Invitational this weekend. Follow along with live stats at and @AggieSoftball on Twitter for all the hits, pitches and everything in between during the 2015 softball season.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

Mavs Suspend Rondo for 1 Game After Exchange With Carlisle

DALLAS (AP) _ The Mavericks have suspended Rajon Rondo for one game for conduct detrimental to the team a day after the point guard had a heated exchange on the court with coach Rick Carlisle.

Rondo will miss Wednesday night’s game in Atlanta. The team didn’t comment beyond a statement announcing the suspension.

Rondo was benched with 8:10 remaining in the third quarter of Dallas’ 99-92 win over Toronto on Tuesday. He was bringing the ball up the court when Carlisle angrily shouted for a timeout and exchanged words with Rondo from several feet away as the player headed to the bench.

The Mavericks acquired Rondo in a trade with Boston in December. He missed six games this month after breaking a bone near his left eye.

Baylor Walk-On RB Ruled Ineligible for NCAA Rules Violation

Baylor says running back Silas Nacita will no longer be part of the football program because of rules violations that affect his eligibility.

Nacita, a walk-on reserve from Bakersfield, California, posted on Twitter on Wednesday he had been ruled ineligible by the NCAA because he accepted an offer from a close family friend to provide a place for him to live when he could not afford to pay for it himself.

Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw released a statement, confirming Nacita was off the team, though it did not give details as to why.

The NCAA tweeted it had not declared Nacita ineligible and Baylor had not requested a waiver for him to be reinstated. Typically, a school rules a player ineligible, and then requests an NCAA waiver for reinstatement.

Rinderknech Named SEC Freshman of the Week

COLLEGE STATION – For the second time this spring Texas A&M freshman Arthur Rinderknech clinched an upset win for his team over a top-5 opponent and was award SEC Freshman of the week honors for his efforts, the league office announced Wednesday morning.

Rinderknech dropped a tightly contested first-set tiebreaker to Oklahoma’s Spencer Papa last Friday evening at the George P Mitchell Tennis Center, but the Frenchman rebounded to win 6-3, 6-1 in the final sets to clinch the Aggies upset of then-No. 1 Oklahoma. The win marked the third time the team result came down to Rinderknech’s match in four spring matches and was the second straight clinch victory for the A&M freshman. Last Friday’s victory over the Sooners was the first in Texas A&M program history over the nation’s top-ranked team.

“Arthur has done it now in three matches and has come through for us in a major way,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton added. “Spencer (Papa) has just gotten to Oklahoma this January and Arthur just started playing for us. I was interested to see how that match turned out. It was a really close contest and Arthur was able to pick his game up at the right time and clinch the match for us.”

The pivotal doubles point against the Sooners came down to the third court and A&M’s freshman duo were up to the task. AJ Catanzariti and Rinderknech took a commanding 5-2 lead with a pair of breaks before clinching the night’s first point with a 7-5 result. The pair took down Papa and Florin Bragusi, moving to 2-0 this spring.

The SEC freshman of the week capped off his stellar weekend with a straight set win over Josip Smoljan of Incarnate Word Sunday afternoon at the Bryan Tennis Center.

“To be the last man standing in three matches in a career is outstanding but three times in a month is unreal,” Denton added. “Arthur has really played well under pressure for us and I could not be more proud of him. In his case, truly good things come to those who wait.”

Rinderknech and rest of the No. 8 Aggies will continue their nine-match home stand against No. 29 Kentucky Friday at 6 p.m. at the George P Mitchell Tennis Center.

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A&M Women’s Golfer Marijosse Navarro Wins Individual Title at Invitational

SANTA ANA, Calif.- Marijosse Navarro notched a par on the fifth playoff hole to win the individual title at the UC Irvine Invitational, marking the second straight tournament that a member of the No. 15 Texas A&M women’s golf team won in a playoff. Navarro shot 211 (-5) for the tournament and shot a final round 71 (-1) at Santa Ana Country Club.

The victory for Navarro comes with a sponsor’s exemption into the LPGA’s Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California, which runs from March 23-29. Navarro forced the playoff with Southern Cal’s Gabriella Then by birding the 54th and final hole of the regular tournament.

“Marijosse played like a champ today,” said Texas A&M women’s golf coach Trelle McCombs. “She was steady all day long, and her birdie on the 54th hole was awesome.”

“The win qualifies her for the LPGA Kia Classic next month, which is a greatprivilege for her,” added McCombs.

The Aggies finished third in the 13-team field with a three-round total of 870 (+6) on the par 72, 5,903 yard course. A&M shot a final round 292 (+4), and finished behind No. 4 Washington (854/-10) and No. 2 Southern Cal (865/+1) in the tournament standings.

Maddie Szeryk shot 217 (+1) for the tournament, posting a 75 (+3) in the tournament’s third and final round. Bianca Fabrizio, who won the individual title in a playoff in the Aggies’ last tournament, had the Aggies’ low round of the day, shooting a 69 (-3) to finish the tournament in a tie for 18th with a 218 (+2).

Thanya Pattamakijsakul finished in a tie for 36th with a three-round total of 226 (+10). Andrea Jonama shot a 77 (+5) on Tuesday to finish in a tie for 51st with a 230 (+14).

The Aggies return to action from Mar. 10-11 at the Dr Donnis Thompson Invitational in Kane’ohe, Hawai’i.



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