Kristi Bellock tied a career high with 18 points and No. 3 Texas A&M routed Wichita State 71-45 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday.
Playing in front of a hometown crowd, the Aggies used a big run at the end of the first half to erase a one-point deficit and take a 13-point lead into halftime. A 12-2 spurt early in the second half extended the lead to 52-29, and Texas A&M cruised to the victory.
Texas A&M (25-9), which won the national championship in 2011, is in the tournament for the eighth consecutive season. It was the first trip for Wichita State (24-10).
Michelle Price scored 12 points for Wichita State.
Bellock also had six rebounds, two assists and two blocks for A&M, and freshman Courtney Williams added 11 points, six rebounds and four assists. Adrienne Pratcher helped out with seven assists, seven rebounds and six points.
Leading scorer Kelsey Bone had all 10 of her points in the second half after getting into foul trouble before the ...