Elonu helps No. 5 Texas A&M beat Temple
FREEPORT, Bahamas—Adaora Elonu scored a career-high 23 points to help No. 5 Texas A&M withstand a second-half run by Temple and turn back the Owls 71-59 in the Junkanoo Jam tournament on Friday.
Tyra White scored 14 points for the Aggies, Sydney Carter added 12 points and Kelsey Bone scored 10 points.
B.J. Williams led Temple (2-3) with 19 points and Kristen McCarthy scored 16.
Defending national champion Texas A&M (5-0) plays Iowa (4-1) on Saturday for the Lucaya Division title.
The Aggies led 48-28 after opening the second half with a 12-4 burst. Temple rallied using a 22-6 run to close within 54-50 on a baseline runner by McCarthy with 8:43 left in the game. She was fouled on the play but missed the free throw.
After a timeout by the Aggies, Bone powered inside to put the brakes on the Owls' run, making it 56-50. A putback by Elonu and a pair of free throws by Bone gave the Aggies a 60-50 advantage with 6:39 left in the game.
Temple once again fought back, closing a 12-point deficit to 62-58 on a free throw by Victoria Macauley, but Carter rattled in a jumper from the corner with 2:15 left to give Texas A&M a 64-58 lead. A pair of free throws by Adrienne Pratcher made it 66-58, and then the Aggies cashed in on a technical foul on Temple head coach Tonya Cardoza to build a 70-58 lead.