No. 10 Texas A&M needed 19 points and 15 rebounds from Kelsey Boone for a 72-62 win over McNeese State on Friday night.
The Aggies (9-2) finished the game with a 53-31 rebounding advantage. Senior Kelsey Assarian (Naples, Fla.) pulled down a season-high seven rebounds to go with two points.
Last season, Assarian had 12 points in a 87-47 opening round win between these same two teams in the 2011 NCAA tournament.
Armenian Basketball Update had a chance to catch up with Kelsey as the Aggies round off the non-conference schedule as defending NCAA champions:
Now looking back on last season’s accomplishments and national title what are your thoughts?
Kelsey: It was one of the best experiences and biggest accomplishments so far in my life. It really proves how hard work pays off because we may not have been the best team in the nation but we definitely worked the hardest and it allowed us to accomplish unthinkable measures and bring our team and university in the national view.
What are you looking forward to this senior season?
Kelsey: I’m looking forward to defending our national title and providing leadership as a senior as we prepare to have a target on our back the entire season.
Texas A&M opens conference play at Kansas State on January 4, 2012.