Aggies Beat Huskers 86-43

Texas A&M rebounded from one of its worst losses this season with its largest winning margin in Big 12 history.

Takia Starks and Sydney Carter had 13 points each to lead No. 10 Texas A&M to an easy 86-43 win over Nebraska on Sunday. The victory comes after a 67-50 loss to No. 21 Iowa State on Wednesday.

"That game kind of allowed people to second guess us," Starks said. "We got back to what we know. (Sunday) we showed y'all a different team and what we're really about and we really look forward to keeping this up."

The senior then looked at her younger teammates and asked: "We want to keep it up, don't we guys?"

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The answer came in an immediate and quiet chorus: 'Yes.'

The Aggies (18-4, 6-3 Big 12 Conference) led by 15 at halftime and opened the second half with a 15-4 run which pushed the lead to 55-29 with about 11 minutes left.

Texas A&M scored 11 straight points later in the half to make it 71-34 with five minutes remaining and the Aggies starters sat down.

The Aggies took advantage of a season-high 28 turnovers by Nebraska (10-12, 1-8) to cruise to the win.

"We're embarrassed," Nebraska coach Connie Yori said. "We played horrible. I'm very disappointed in our effort. It's clearly our worst game of the year."

Texas A&M used a balanced attack with 10 players chipping in and the Aggies bench outscored Nebraska's reserves 47-4.

"Their bench played very well," Yori said. "They got production out of their bench. We got nothing out of our bench."

Texas A&M coach Gary Blair thought his bench scoring was the key to the game.

"When you can have that type of productivity you've got to feel good," Blair said.

Nebraska was led by Cory Montgomery who had 15 points.

It is Nebraska's fifth consecutive loss and the Cornhuskers' second straight defeat by a team in the top 10 after No. 8 Baylor won 76-71 Wednesday.

Tanisha Smith added 11 points for the Aggies and Sydney Colson and Danielle Gant scored nine apiece.

The Aggies outshot Nebraska 61 percent to 28 percent and the Cornhuskers were 1-of-12 from 3-point range. It was the first time Texas A&M had shot 60 percent or better since a 2006 game against McNeese State.

The only area where Nebraska didn't struggle was at the free throw line where the team was 16-of-16.

Nebraska scored the first four points of the game before the Aggies went on a 12-2 run to take a 12-6 lead with about 11 minutes in the first half. Texas A&M did not trail after that.

A&M was up by five before scoring 15 of the last 20 points of the first half to lead 40-25 at halftime. The Aggies scored 14 points off 15 first-half turnovers by Nebraska.

Though Blair was proud of his team's effort, he stopped short of calling it Texas A&M's best performance of the year because of Nebraska's myriad injuries. The Cornhuskers have lost three players to season-ending injuries this season.

"Connie (Yori) is going through a lot of injury problems," Blair said. "Right now you've got to feel for what Nebraska is going through."

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