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No. 19 Aggies top South Carolina in SEC women's hoops tourney

Published On: Mar 08 2013 04:27:52 PM CST
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DULUTH, Ga. -

Kristi Bellock scored 17 points, Karla Gilberadded 11 in a reserve role and No. 19 Texas A&M beat No. 17 South Carolina 61-52 in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals Friday.

The Aggies (22-9) snapped a three-game losing streak and will play No. 9 Tennessee in the semifinals Saturday.

Ashley Bruner finished with 19 points and Ieasia Walker added 15 for South Carolina (24-7).

Texas A&M survived a scare early in the second half when All-SEC center Kelsey Bone fell to the floor with a leg injury, but she later returned wearing a right knee brace after missing about 6 minutes.

During Bone's absence, South Carolina took its first lead 1 minute later when Bruner's layup made it 30-29.

But with Gilbert helping the front-line offense while Bone was off the
floor, Texas A&M followed with an 11-1 run to go up 42-33 on Adrienne
Pratcher's two free throws.