No. 17 Texas A&M women beat Missouri 62-57

COLUMBIA — Courtney Walker scored 21 points as No. 17 Texas A&M won its ninth straight game and remained undefeated in Southeastern Conference play with a 62-57 win against Missouri on Thursday night.

“We are right there — it’s hard,” Missouri head coach Robin Pingeton said. “Last year you get beat by 20, 30-plus and that’s a tough position to be in. I think we’ve grown so much as a team and now we’re right there. Single possessions. It’s hard in a different kind of way, but I’d much rather be in the position we are now.”

After trailing for much of the first half and 33-31 at halftime, Texas A&M (16-4, 6-0 SEC) took the lead early in the second and never relinquished it.

The Tigers (13-6, 2-4 SEC) hung around though and cut their deficit to 60-56 with 1:15 to play.

Missouri then got the ball back after a missed 3-pointer by Texas A&M but the Tigers missed 3s on their next two possessions and the Aggies prevailed.

Courtney Williams added 14 points and finished 6-of-11 from the field for Texas A&M.

Morgan Eye led Missouri with 19 points while Brianna Kulas added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers, who have lost four of their last five.

“Morgan Eye, what a catch-and-shoot person,” Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair said. “That’s your next Ray Allen type of kid. You can play Division I college basketball if you can catch and shoot and play adequate defense and she represents y’all very well.”

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