A&M Women's Basketball National Championship One of Top 10 Stories

By: John Gilbert Email
By: John Gilbert Email

It's a jam-packed Conseco Field House in Indianapolis on April 5th as Texas A&M takes on Notre Dame for the National Championship.
The Aggies shoot for a perfect run through the NCAA tournament, but the Irish are up by two at halftime.

A&M All American Danielle Adams helps the Aggies take control in the second half, and in the closing seconds Tyra White hits a 3-pointer to shut the door on Notre Dame. Adams locks that door with a couple of free throws.

A&M Play-By-Play announcer Mike Wright takes it from there.
"And the inbounds pass..the buzzer reads, and that's it...welcome to history...we're bringing it home. Texas A&M is the National Champion of Women's Basketball."

Hundreds of miles away at the Corner Bar across from the A&M campus, fans watching the 76-to-70 win on T-V go crazy.
A&M student Zach Papas is part of the crowd. "I mean they set that goal a couple of years ago to make it to the Final Four and they accomplished it and you know they really only had trouble with Baylor and they had a few hiccups along the way, but all in all I think it's been a great season."

Thousands of A&M students and fans turn out the next day for a special championship and welcome home celebration at Reed Arena.
A&M President Bowen Loftin introduces Head Coach Gary Blair as the best women's basketball coach in the world.
And Blair talks about his decision to come to A&M in the first place.
"I said I wasn't interested in coming to A&M unless A&M was committed to building champions. I've won enough ball games, I had enough money. Well, not quite yet Bill, we need to talk."

And then player Sydney Colson reflects on the chances people had given A&M of winning it all.
"So many people TV and all around the nation weren't believing in us, didn't think that we could get to this point. But we knew that we had the support of the Aggie Nation and the Aggie family and we could feel the spirit with us even when ya'll weren't there."

Six months later, the NCAA Champions travel to Washington, D.C. for a special meeting with President Obama at the White House.
"Now winning a national title is a pretty big deal for anybody, and it's an even bigger deal when you think about how far this team has come. 50 years ago Texas A&M didn't have any women, much less a women's basketball team. When they did finally put a team together, the story goes that players had to share uniforms and at one point had to use the men's locker room, which was probably not perfectly designed for your needs."

But this year was designed for the National Champion Aggies, and memories to last a lifetime.

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