Starks leads A&M to 65-39 win over Missouri in Big 12 quarterfinals

3-12-08 -- Takia Starks scored a game-high 18 points to lead No. 11 Texas A&M to a 65-39 victory over Missouri on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 women’s tournament.

The fourth-seeded Aggies will move on to face Iowa State at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The ninth-seeded Cyclones won in an overtime upset of top-seeded Kansas State earlier Wednesday.

La Toya Micheaux added 11 points for the Aggies (24-7), winners of seven straight games and 11 of their last 12. Micheaux, normally relied upon for rebounding and defense, hadn’t scored in double figures since Dec. 9 against New Orleans.

A day after the Tigers became the first No. 12 seed in tournament history to win, it was a much different story for Missouri (10-21).

The Tigers failed to get anything going against Texas A&M’s tight man-to-man defense. Missouri shot 34 percent from the field and committed 20 turnovers.

The game got out of reach for the Tigers quickly after the second half began, as the Aggies went on a 13-4 run and took a 42-26 lead when Danielle Gant hauled in a full-court heave from Patrice Reado and put in an uncontested layup.

Alyssa Hollins scored 11 points for Missouri but shot 4-of-16 from the field. She was the only player in double figures for the Tigers.

Starks, the Big 12’s fourth-leading scorer at 17.2 points per game, missed six of her first eight shots but then got it going. She scored on an array of outside shots, and her back-to-back long jumpers helped put Texas A&M on top 29-22 at the break.


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