The Aggies fell to 11-6 (0-5 SEC) with the loss after being ranked fifth in the country just two weeks ago. Barnes improved his head coaching record to 647-353.
Balanced Attack: Tennessee had four players score in double figures against TAMU, keeping their streak of having at least three players in double digits flawless thus far this season.
Tennessee sophomore forward Grant Williams, who was coming off a career-high 37-point game on Tuesday night at Vanderbilt, was relatively quiet with nine points and five rebounds. Robert Williams had missed a loss at LSU last weekend due to illness. The Vols had 16 assists on 25 baskets, and Tennessee scored 22 points off 17 Aggies' turnovers, while Texas A&M scored only 12 points off 10 Tennessee turnovers.
This one wasn't so close.
Texas A&M entered the night ranked 13th out of 14 SEC teams in turnover margin, and the Aggies' inability to take care of the basketball enabled Tennessee to grab a 36-28 halftime lead. Texas A&M stayed within single digits because it shot 5 of 8 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes. However, a turnover caused by air-tight defensive pressure forced UT to foul Williams again, and the junior guard sank two more at the line to give the Aggies the decisive 79-76 edge with less than a second remaining.
Texas A&M scored 7 consecutive points with 7:11 left in the 4th Quarter, making the game 67-61 in favor of Texas A&M.
Tennessee would jump out to a 74-70 lead in the first few minutes of overtime before the Aggies finally got their groove back. The Aggies got within 57-51, but the Vols answered by scoring eight straight points and capped the run on Alexander's dunk that made it 65-51 with 6:27 left.
While the loss ends the 15-game win streak for Tennessee, the Lady Vols must now turn their attention to a trio of top-ranked opponents that would leave most programs in a losing skid. Although Tennessee was defeated, Mercedes Russell fought to keep her team in the game with 21 points, shooting 56.3% from the field (making 9 of 16 attempts).
Points in the paint were controlled by Tennessee, with 44 points, compared to Texas A&M's 38. Williams made all three free throws to put Texas A&M in front 77-76.
Tennessee is at Missouri on Wednesday.