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Pepperdine Falls To Texas A&M In Opener

Nov. 10, 2006

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -Morenike Atunrase had 18 points and seven steals to lead No. 14 Texas A&M to a 72-48 win over Pepperdine on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

Atunrase was 8-of-8 from the line and had three assists and four blocked shots.

The game was tied at 33 early in the second half, before Texas A&M used a 13-1 run to pull away.

Patrice Reado added 16 points and Takia Starks had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Aggies. Daphanie Kennedy was Pepperdine's only double-digit scorer, finishing with 13 points and nine rebounds.

The Aggies shot just 28 percent in the first half, but made 13-of-14 free throws for a 29-29 halftime tie. They scored six straight points in the final minutes of the first half to overcome a 29-23 deficit.

Texas A&M was much sharper in the second half, shooting 60 percent, while Pepperdine was 6-of-23.