CHICAGO (AP) — Courtney Walker scored 20 points to help No. 5 Texas A&M beat New Mexico 66-52 in the second round of the Maggie Dixon Classic on Saturday.
The junior guard topped the Aggies (2-0) for the second straight game. Bryce Owens scored 15 points while Khadijah Schumpert had 13 for the Lobos (0-2).
Texas A&M led early and throughout most of the opening half as Walker scored 10 first half points.
But the Aggies shot only 10-of-28 (35.7 percent) on the way to a 27-26 lead, considerably less productive compared to Friday’s first half when they had 37 points against No. 18. DePaul.
But Texas A&M opened the second half with eight straight points, including back-to-back fastbreak layups from Tori Scott. The advantage reached 14 points early in the second half on on freshman Khaalia Hillsman’s jumper.
The Aggies improved to 3-0 all-time against the Lobos in a series that dates back to 2008.
The Maggie Dixon Classic salutes the former DePaul assistant and Army head coach who died from a heart arrhythmia in 2006.
Texas A&M: The three-day weekend tournament is a homecoming for Hillsman, a two-time state champion at Chicago’s Whitney Young High School. She debuted with 10 points and six rebounds against DePaul on Friday. She started Saturday and had eight points and nine rebounds.
New Mexico: The Lobos got off to a rocky start in their season opener on Friday with 28 turnovers, including 18 in the first half. On Saturday against Texas A&M they had cut it to nine in the first half and had 18 for the game.
Texas A & M plays Texas-Pan American on Sunday at DePaul
New Mexico plays host and No. 18 DePaul on Sunday
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