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Aggies Coast Past Loyola Marymount

November 26, 2006

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Morenike Atunrase scored 22 points to lead No. 12 Texas A&M to a 77-52 victory over Loyola Marymount on Saturday night in the championship game of the LMU Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Classic.

The Aggies (5-0) led by 21 points, 36-15, at the 6:34 mark of the first half, and led by double digits the rest of the game. Loyola Marymount (3-2) cut it to 12 points early in the second half, but the Aggies responded and led by at least 15 points the rest of the way.

Three Texas A&M players finished in double digit scoring, led by Atunrase’s 22 points. Takia Starks added 18 points and Patrice Reado had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Atunrase was selected the MVP of the tournament.

Amanda DeCoud led LMU with 11 points and four assists.

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