One of the nation’s most-heated college rivalries continues in the state capital this weekend as the 19th-ranked Texas A&M women’s basketball team (19-7, 7-5) looks to earn another half point in the second edition of the State Farm Lone Star Showdown with archrival Texas (16-10, 4-8) on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
Opening tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the game to be televised nationally on ESPN2. With four games to go in the regular season, the stakes are high as the Aggies and Longhorns make one last push in the final home stretch to keep their postseason dreams alive. A winning record in Big 12 Conference play could make all the difference come Selection Monday when NCAA Tournament bids are handed out.
After starting out 1-4 in the league, A&M has turned the corner winning six of their last seven including a 60-46 victory over Iowa State on Feb. 20. However, the Aggies’ upcoming path is not without obstacles as they close out the regular season on their rival’s home court followed by a tough road matchup at No. 16 Oklahoma State on Feb. 27 and back-to-back home contests with No. 9 Baylor on March 1 and No. 10 Oklahoma on March 6.
The Longhorns are 10-2 at home in the Erwin Center this season, a venue in which A&M has gone 1-10 since the Big 12’s inception in 1996-97. A win would give the Aggies, not only state bragging rights, but a third-ever series sweep over UT and a third-straight 20-win season.