COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Courtney Williams scored 21 points to help No. 7 Texas A&M rally from a 15-point second-half deficit to defeat No. 8 Duke 63-59 on Sunday.
Williams, who missed the first four games because of a team rule violation, had 12 points in the second half for the Aggies (7-0). Williams’ jumper from the right side of the free-throw line lifted A&M to a 61-57 lead over Duke (5-1) with 1:15 remaining.
“Now that she’s back, we have a flow,” said Texas A&M guard Jordan Jones, who had 12 pints. “You can tell the team has chemistry, and we’re very comfortable with each other.”
Duke freshman Rebecca Greenwell notched a game-high 23 points, the only Blue Devil to score in double figures in every game this season.
The Aggies used a relentless fast break to overcome the Blue Devils, outscoring them 18-0 in that category.
Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie was frustrated afterward from what she dubbed an “extremely physical” game, a line she repeated for emphasis.
“We just played a game where people got run over and it wasn’t a foul,” McCallie said.
Texas A&M coach Gary Blair said McCallie is allowed to “vent” all she liked and added both coaches were on the officials throughout the game.
Greenwell finished 7 of 19 from the field with five rebounds for Duke.
“In the first half we did a really good job of controlling the tempo, but once they started coming back and the crowd started getting into it, we got a little wired up when we just needed to maintain our composure,” Greenwell said. “Overall, we just didn’t come out in the second half ready to go.”
As for the physicality? Texas A&M guard Courtney Walker said she enjoyed it.
“I feel like it was really physical, and I was OK with that,” Walker said, smiling.
The Blue Devils played without All-American senior Elizabeth Williams, who watched from the sideline with an injured left foot. McCallie declined to elaborate on the injury after the game.
Williams had started 72 consecutive games and played in all 109 of her games with Duke.
“That was tough, but we had the game in our hands, and just threw it away in the end,” Greenwell said. “We can’t use (Williams’ absence) as an excuse at all.”
Blair says it hurts “When you take a top-three draft choice out of the lineup, that makes a difference.”
A&M hosts Northwestern State on Wednesday.
Duke plays at Nebraska on Wednesday.
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