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SEC Tournament - Quarterfinal - Bon Secours Wellness Arena - Greenville, SC

Baker leads Rebels' offensive attack to best Aggies

212 days ago
SEC Network Staff

Greenville, S.C. -- No. 4 seed Ole Miss ran away from No. 13 seed Texas A&M, 77-60, in the quarterfinals of the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament on Friday at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina.

The Rebels offense was led by Angel Baker's 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field, including three 3-pointers, marking her eighth 20-point piece of the season.

Madison Scott contributed 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals while Marquesha Davis racked up 14 points and Elauna Eaton connected three times from beyond the arc. On defense, the Rebels forced 22 turnovers to score 25 points off of Aggie miscues.

Janiah Barker paced the Aggies in both categories, recording her second career double-double (22 points, 10 rebounds) and the second 20-point performance of her career. Aaliyah Patty logged 10 points, three rebounds, two blocks and an assist.

Baker started up the first quarter from distance to set Ole Miss ahead early and then drained a jump shot at the 5:15 mark, creating a 6-2 lead. Soon after, Eaton scored two triples to create a 10-point difference, 14-4.

The Aggies went on a quick 5-0 run led by Barker to come within four before Baker dropped in another 3-pointer with less than a minute left in the first, 17-10.

Both Sydney Bowles and Jada Malone recorded a pair of free throws before the first quarter to shrink the gap, 17-14.

Texas A&M opened the second quarter in hot pursuit as Malone scored layups in back-to-back possessions, but Baker wouldn't let up as she hit her third shot from beyond the arc, making it 23-18.

With 7:33 left in the half, Davis and Scott took over for the Rebels, leading a 12-4 run to provide their largest lead of the half, 35-24, with just 1:36 remaining in the quarter.

As the Aggies looked to make a final drive before halftime, Davis snatched the ball away, dropping in a layup and completing the three-point play to take a 40-29 advantage to the locker room.

At the half, Ole Miss was shooting 15-of-28 from the field (53.6%) compared to Texas A&M's 8-of-22 (36.4%). Baker led the Rebels' drive from distance, cashing in three of their five triples, while contributing a total of 15 points in the first half.

The Aggies' perfect free throw shooting in the first half kept them in the game with Bowles contributing five of their 13 shots from the free throw line.

Tyia Singleton started off the second half with a smooth layup for Ole Miss, but Sarah Jones began chipping away at the Aggies' deficit, 42-33. A 9-2 run carried the Rebels to a 16-point lead, 51-35, before a flurry of Texas A&M free throws, along with a layup by Jones, brought them back in range, 51-40.

With just over two minutes remaining in the third, Ole Miss scored another nine points led by Scott's five, to take a significant 60-42 lead into the final quarter.

Baker and Singleton each dropped in a jump shot at the start of the fourth to widen the gap, 64-42. Barker and Bowles began to chip away, but Eaton promptly responded with a triple to stay away, 71-49.

Despite Barker's 11-point fourth quarter during her 22-point performance, the Aggies couldn't overcome the deficit.

Ole Miss claimed the 77-60 quarterfinal victory, winning an SEC Tournament game by more than 10 points for the first time since 2007 while delivering the Aggies' largest SEC Tournament loss.

Up Next

4-seed Ole Miss (23-7, 11-5 SEC) will face 1-seed South Carolina (30-0, 16-0 SEC) in the semifinals of the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament on Saturday at 4:30 P.M. ET televised on SEC Network.

Texas A&M (9-20, 2-14 SEC) is eliminated from the tournament.