Kansas City -- Who would have thought in mid-January that the 11th-ranked Texas A&M women’s basketball team (25-7) would bounce back from a 1-4 start to the Big 12 Conference season to having a chance at their first-ever league tournament title two months later? Fast forward to the month of March where the Aggies are an undefeated 4-0 and have won 12 of their last 13.
When people had counted them out, A&M found a way to win and went back to the fundamentals. Now, the fourth-seeded Aggies are primed for their date in the Big 12 championship game with third-seeded and No. 17-ranked Oklahoma State (25-6) on Saturday, March 15 at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City. Both teams will vie for a trophy and the league’s automatic bid to the 2008 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship at 6 p.m.
The Aggies and Cowgirls have made the biggest turnarounds in the league over the last couple of years and have emerged from underdog to V.I.P. status in the nation’s top conference with eight teams looking to dance in March. Both programs are making their first appearance in the league’s title tilt.
In their current conference-leading eight-game stretch, the Aggies have upped their defense to stun some of the nation’s and league’s top teams to keep their dream alive of winning a conference championship as the league coaches had predicted for the preseason favorites. They have dominated the competition since their four setbacks in January by beating opponents by an average margin of 12.3 points and holding them to just 52.2 points per game.
A&M advanced to the finals with a 12-point win over eighth-seeded Iowa State, 65-53, in semifinal action Thursday.