Texas A&M’s title gives women’s basketball some new blood

5 Apr

If the absence of traditional powers UConn, Tennessee and Stanford caused would-be viewers not to watch Tuesday’s women’s national title game, those folks should be kicking themselves right now.
They missed a heck of a game.

Upstarts Texas A&M and Notre Dame waged a back-and-forth battle that had all the drama and shot-making the lackluster men’s title game lacked 24 hours earlier. In the end, the second-seeded Aggies held off the Irish 76-70, parlaying their relentless pressure defense and superior interior scoring into their first championship in program history.

It’s difficult to pinpoint one hero for Texas A&M because so many players combined to bring the title to a school that didn’t even admit women until 1963.

All-American center Danielle Adams scored 22 of her game-high 30 points in the second half, scoring the bucket that broke a 66 all tie on a put-back and continuously exploiting her size advantage on the low block.

Guard Tyra White added 18 points for the Aggies, none bigger than her 3-pointer at the shot clock buzzer that extended Texas A&M’s lead to 73-68 with 1:07 left.
And guard Sydney Colson bounced back from first-half foul trouble to serve as the catalyst for a second-half defensive surge that helped the Aggies rally back from an seven-point deficit and take control late in the game.
The brilliant performance from Texas A&M was a fitting conclusion to a magnificent season for a program that had previously been an afterthought among women’s basketball’s elite.

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