Espinoza-Hunter leads No. 5 Mississippi State over A&M 92-64
By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Andra Espinoza-Hunter set career highs with seven 3-pointers and 24 points as No. 5 Mississippi State bounced back with a 92-64 win over No. 22 Texas A&M on Sunday.
Mississippi State (23-2, 11-1 Southeastern Conference) used a big third-quarter run to get back on track after a loss to Missouri on Thursday night snapped a 12-game winning streak.
Anriel Howard, who played her first three seasons at Texas A&M, added 19 points and tied a season high with 13 rebounds to help the Bulldogs to the victory.
The Aggies (19-6, 8-4) cut the lead to six on a layup by Chennedy Carter with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. But Espinoza-Hunter made three 3-pointers to power an 11-4 run that stretched Mississippi State's advantage to 57-44 with about six minutes left in the quarter.
Teaira McCowan and Carter then received technical fouls when they jawed at each other after Carter fouled McCowan trying to block a shot. McCowan made both free throws before Carter made a basket on the other end to leave A&M down by 13.
Howard scored four quick points after that to make it 63-46 with about four minutes left in the third.
Carter had 28 points before fouling out with about 5 1/2 minutes left. Carter, who leads the SEC in scoring, had her 32nd straight game with at least 10 points and her eighth in a row with 15 or more.
The Aggies have lost two of their last three games after winning their previous seven.
Jordan Danberry added 16 points for Mississippi State, and McCowan had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bulldogs led by 18 entering the fourth quarter and two turnovers by Kayla Wells in the first minute of the quarter helped Mississippi State extend the lead to 74-52.
It's the most points Texas A&M has allowed this season. The Aggies were outscored 31-5 in second-chance points and 17-3 in points from reserves.
Mississippi State: The Bulldogs responded well in the wake of their loss to Missouri and Espinoza-Hunter's hot outside shooting combined with the inside presence of McCowan will make them tough to deal with down the stretch.
Texas A&M: After turning around their season following an 0-2 start in conference play, the Aggies seemed to take a step back in the last two weeks and need to improve if they hope to finish the season strong.
Mississippi State visits Mississippi on Thursday night.
Texas A&M hosts Tennessee on Thursday night.
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