The Aggies (11-6, 0-5) were plagued by 17 turnovers and gave up 14 offensive rebounds as their once-promising season continued to deteriorate.
COLLEGE STATION- Danni Williams hit three free throws to take the lead with 7.8 seconds remaining, as No. 17 Texas A&M defeated No. 6 Tennessee 79-76 in overtime, handing the Lady Vols their first loss of the season.
The win was also Tennessee's first over Texas A&M in Knoxville since the Aggies joined the SEC in 2012, and the first time the Vols had strung together three straight SEC wins since January 21st-31st, 2017 (Mississippi State, Kentucky, Kansas State). He made just 3 of 13 shots from the field and didn't come close to duplicating his Vanderbilt performance, which was the highest-scoring Vols game in 15 years. However, the Aggies, who got 16 points from Admon Gilder, 13 from DJ Hogg and 10 from Tonny Trocha-Morelos, have since gone into a slump.
Most of Tennessee's points down the stretch came from free throws, as the Vols were 12-of-12 from the line in the final nine minutes of the game, and 20-of-24 overall.
The Vols battled their way to a 36-28 halftime advantage, with seven different Vols scoring in the opening period.More news: NFL Playoffs: Eagles hold on to beat Falcons
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Tennessee would jump out to a 74-70 lead in the first few minutes of overtime before the Aggies finally got their groove back.
Tennessee had three players score in double digits, led by Mercedes Russell who had a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Texas A&M finished the game with eight made 3-pointers. Saturday's win follows Tennessee's 92-84 road victory at Vanderbilt on Tuesday night and should boost the Vols in the rankings.
Williams was averaging an SEC-best 22.3 points in league games through the first 4 contests.
TakeawaysThe Vols set a season-high in steals with 10 tonight against Texas A&M.
Barnes' 647 wins rank eighth among active Division I coaches.