COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Ciera Johnson had 24 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 6 Texas A&M overwhelmed Little Rock 78-35 on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams.
The Aggies shot 48 percent (31 of 65) from the field compared to 28 percent (16 of 57) for the Trojans.
SEC preseason player of the year Chennedy Carter had 10 points at the half and finished with 16 on 7-of-17 shooting for the Aggies.
Kyra Collier led the Trojans with 13 points and was the only Little Rock player to reach double digits.
The Trojans leaped to a short-lived 9-4 lead before the Aggies stirred. Texas A&M led 44-18 at the break thanks mainly to overpowering Little Rock inside.
The Aggies outscored the Trojans 30-4 in the paint in the first half, with Johnson making 9-of-10 shots from the field in the first 20 minutes. Texas A&M is the only Sweet 16 team from the NCAA Tournament last season that returned all of its starters.
Texas A&M: The Aggies are known for their star guard Carter, but this 43-point victory showed they have plenty of other players who can put points on the board.
Little Rock: The lopsided loss won’t hurt a team that started two freshmen.
The Aggies host the USA National Team on Thursday night in an exhibition game.
The Trojans, in search of their first victory, stay on the road at Rice on Saturday afternoon.
More AP college basketball: and