N'Dea Jones scored 25 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, Ciera Johnson also had a double-double and No. 13 Texas A&M beat Lamar 77-61 in a season opener on Wednesday.

Jones notched her 27th career double-double and Johnson, with 18 points and 18 boards, recorded her 19th. Destiny Pitts added 11 points and five assists for Texas A&M, which shot 46% from the floor (26 of 56) but was just 3 of 17 from beyond the arc.

Jadyn Pimentel led Lamar with 13 points and four assists, her effort early in the game had Lamar leading narrowly until midway through the second quarter.

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That's when Jones stepped up with consecutive defensive rebounds, her resulting free throws lifting the Aggies to a 25-24 lead and sparking a 13-3 run.

The Cardinals, from the Southland Conference, are coached by former Aggie All-American A’Quonesia Franklin (2004-08), who was taking on her former coach Gary Blair for the first time. Last time the teams met, in 2018, Lamar came away with the upset.

Texas A&M, in a stiffer test, is scheduled to meet No. 19 DePaul on Saturday.

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