College Station, TX -- In a matchup of two top ten teams, #2 South Carolina retained their unblemished record in the SEC and overall, despite a fight until the final buzzer from #10 Texas A&M Sunday evening. Sophomore A'ja Wilson led the Gamecocks to a hard-fought 70-63 victory with 27 points.
"I give all the credit to my teammates. They really fed me the ball. We really played off each other well this game," Gamecocks forward A'ja Wilson.
Fouls and turnovers by the Aggies led to a 17-12 end of the 1st quarter score for South Carolina. The Gamecocks largest lead of 7 came with 2:29 left. They led for 6:23 of the quarter.
A strong defensive stand from the Aggies and four Gamecock fouls led to a tie ballgame early in the second and the first Aggie lead since 9:45 in the 1st.
Courtney Williams was back in action at home for the first time in almost a month. She had 8 straight points and an assist causing South Carolina to call a timeout with 5:49 left in the 2nd quarter. The Aggies held the largest lead of the game for either team with 10, the Gamecock's last field goal was at 3:04 in the 1st.
The Aggies ended the first half with a score of 31-25.
"That is as good as we can do. It just wasn't good enough," Aggies head coach Gary Blair.
The game became tied for the 6th time with 7:45 left to play in the 3rd. The score at the end of the quarter was 50-47 in favor of the Gamecocks.
"That's their strength, their post players. When we did try and double them, their guards did a good job hitting open shots. That was what was hard and the most frustrating about it," Aggies senior guard Jordan Jones.
Despite another set of double figures (23 points) from Courtney Walker, the SEC's active career leader in points could not improve on her streak of game-tying/winning shots. This was A&M's fourth straight game that has come down to the final seconds of regulation.
"You come on the road in our league, and it's always a tough game. It was a familiar place, though, a place in which we've been. We didn't get rattled by it," South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley.
A&M looked to earn its third win over an AP Top 2 team, second victory over a No. 2 at Reed Arena and its first victory over No. 2 since the 2011 Final Four, but was ultimately unsuccessful.
The series is now tied 3-3, South Carolina has won the last three including the one in Columbia on January 17th.
A&M will visit Florida for their next game on Feb. 4, and South Carolina will travel home to face Kentucky at home, also on the 4th. Both games will be played at 6 p.m. CT.