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Gonzaga's late rally falls short against Texas A&M

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LAS VEGAS - Tanisha Smith scored 20 points, and Tyra White added 18 to help the No. 13 Texas A&M women beat Gonzaga 80-76 on Sunday night in the Las Vegas Hoops Classic.

The Aggies (9-1) built a 20-point lead before surviving a late rally by the Bulldogs (9-4) in the final 10 minutes. Courtney Vandersloot scored 16 points, and Heather Bowman added 15 for the Zags.

Trailing 68-48 with 11 minutes left, Gonzaga went on a 28-10 run to close to 78-76 on Tiffanie Shives' 3-pointer with 30.4 seconds left. After White made one of two free throws with 25.4 seconds left, Vandersloot turned the ball over and Damitra Buchanan hit a free throw to seal the win.

It was nearly the second time in eight days that the Aggies coughed up a double-digit lead in the final 5 minutes. Texas A&M fell to TCU for its only loss of the season after holding an 11-point advantage late.

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