Conference play heating up
On Sunday, Texas A&M took on Rice in a battle of undefeated teams. The Aggies are a completely different team from last season. In 2019-20, their entire offense was run through superstar Chennedy Carter, as it should have been. Without her this season, Texas A&M is relying on a balanced scoring attack. Four Aggies are averaging double figures, with N’dea Jones almost putting up a double-double on a per game basis.
The Senior forward was named to the Wooden Watch list and has been excellent on the glass to start the season. Part of her inspiration in her grandma’s passed down self-motto to “be extraordinary”, and Jones is on pace to make the her last year in College Station just that.
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It was her teammate Aaliyah Wilson who led the way with 16 points in the 57-53 victory over Rice. Jasmine Smith led the Owls with 18, who will rest up for the start of their Conference-USA season in the new year.
The Syracuse Orange bounced back after their embarrassing loss to UNC with a wire-to-wire win over Boston College. Freshman center Kamilla Cardoso went 10-11 from inside for 24 points and added 7 rebounds in the win. Cardoso has been very impressive in her first college action, averaging 15.3 points per game on the season, the third most for ACC freshman behind Notre Dame’s Maddy Westbeld and Louisville’s Hailey Van Lith. Meanwhile, BC remains winless in the ACC.
Last night, Stanford faced their toughest opponent of the early season when they traveled to UCLA to take on the #10 Bruins. The Cardinal had to be careful to focus on basketball after the emotional record set by Tara VanDerveer last week, but c’mon, it’s Stanford basketball. UCLA kept it competitive late, but Stanford held on for a 12-point victory as they move to 7-0.
Another conference game was closer than anticipated over in the Pac-12, where #8 Oregon traveled to Washington State. The Ducks were down heading into the fourth quarter, but got timely three-pointers late from Erin Boley that propelled them to victory alongside Nyara Sabally’s 19/14 game.