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UND women fall in opener to Texas A&M

Courtney Walker scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the third-seeded Aggies pulled away in the second half to post an NCAA tournament first-round win for the eighth consecutive season at College Station, Texas.

Karla Gilbert and Tori Scott added 14 points apiece for Texas A&M (25-8), which will face No. 11 seed James Madison in the second round Tuesday night.

Courtney Williams chipped in nine points and seven rebounds to help the Aggies control the backboards 49-36.

Madi Buck scored a game-high 22 points for North Dakota (22-10), making its first NCAA tourney appearance in its sixth season of Division I play. Mia Loyd and Emily Evers added nine points apiece.

Texas A&M took control at the outset of the second half, scoring the first eight points and using a 16-2 burst in the first four minutes to forge ahead 46-28. Gilbert scored six in a row as the Aggies pushed the lead to 21 points in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the half before surviving a late 7-0 burst that cut the deficit to 10 points with just over a minute remaining.

With Texas A&M holding their biggest lead of the first half at 24-16, North Dakota ran off eight straight points to tie it with 2:01 left in the half. Scott converted consecutive layups in the final minute to send Texas A&M into the locker room with a 30-26 edge.