Turnovers Costly As Aggie Women Fall 68-54 At Michigan

The Aggie women's basketball team could not overcome 25 turnovers as Michigan scored 28 points off the Aggie miscues en route to sending the Aggies to a 68-54 defeat in Ann Arbor, MI on Monday night. The Aggies trailed by just six points with 1:47 left to play and appeared ready to make another late comeback as Kaitlyn Soto stole the ball from Michigan's Veronica Hicks and headed towards the basket for a fastbreak layup. However, Soto missed a contested layup and Michigan's Nya Jordan grabbed the rebound and sent the ball ahead to Rachel Sheffer who coverted the fastbreak layup creating a four point swing in the game. The Aggies would not recover as Danisha Corbett would have the ball stolen on the Aggies' next possession and Veronica Hicks laid the ball in giving Michigan a 10 point lead with 57 seconds left. The Wolverines would hit a three pointer and a free throw in the final minute to make the final score 68-54.

Tabytha Wampler played just four minutes in the first half picking up two fouls in the first three and a half minutes of play. Despite Wampler's absence the Aggies were able to build a seven point lead at 16-9 after a three pointer from Danisha Corbett with 7:49 left in the half. After Michigan cut the Aggies lead to four at 18-14, another three pointer, this time from Jasmine Lowe, would give the Aggies a 21-14 lead at the 6:39 mark. The Aggies would once more hold a seven point lead after a jumper from Ariella McGhee at the 5:14 mark. However, the Wolverines would go on a 7-0 run over the next minute tying the game at 23-23. The Aggies would get another three from Danisha Corbett as the Aggies would take a 26-23 lead with 3:41 left to play and would maintain the three point cushion at the 2:17 mark after a layup by Corbett. With the Aggies leading 30-27 with a minute left, Michigan would score the final six points of the half getting a pair of free throws and a pair of layups including a layup off a turnover by Jasmine Lowe with 18 seconds left in the half. The Aggies would trail 33-30 heading into the break.

The Wolverines would build a seven point lead out of the break but the Aggies would get a pair of threes by Tabytha Wampler and one by Kaitlyn Soto to take a 39-37 lead with 15:17 left to play. Michigan would answer the Soto three with a three by Veronica Hicks to take a 40-39 lead. The Aggies would retake the lead at 41-40 off a long jumper from Camila Rosen with 13:55 left to play. The teams would trade the lead back twice more leaving the Wolverines up 44-43. The Wolverines would go on a 10-1 run over the next five and a half minutes to take a 10 point lead with 6:20 left to play. The Aggies would respond going on an 8-0 run fueled by Jasmine Lowe and Tabytha Wampler who would score all eight points in the run as the Aggies would trail by just two at 54-42 with 3:48 left to play.

The Wolverines would quickly build their lead back to eight as the Aggies would commit a pair of turnovers putting the Aggies into a 60-52 hole with 2:23 left to play. A pair of free throws by Tabytha Wampler would cut the deficit to six at 60-54 but the Aggies would get no closer.

Wampler led the Aggies with a game-high 14 points, all coming in the second half. Michigan's Rachel Sheffer also scored 14 points. Jasmine Lowe added 12 for the Aggies and Danisha Corbett and Kaitlyn Soto each scored 10. The Wolverines also had three others in double-digits as Carmen Reynolds and Jenny Ryan scored 13 while Veronica Hicks added 10.

The Aggies fall to 6-4 on the season and return to action on Sunday in Tucson, AZ where they'll face the Arizona Wildcats.