COLLEGE STATION -- Forget the high school prom or the debutante ball, the eighth-ranked Texas A&M women’s basketball team (26-7) is breaking out a new pair of dancing shoes for an even bigger and grander event in March.
For the third-straight year, the Aggies will be a part of the Madness, but this time on the heels of a program-best No. 2 seed and high expectations from not only the media, but of themselves. There has been quite a lot of dancing for the Aggies since kicking off the season with hip-hop sensation Soulja Boy’s appearance at A&M’s version of Midnight Madness in October.
However, nothing compares to the magnitude and the national presence the Aggies have accomplished in five short months since then. A veteran A&M squad is now standing in the same footing and laced-up shoes as the elite programs such as the Tennessee’s, Connecticut’s, North Carolina’s, Duke’s and Rutgers’ of the world. The Aggies will head into postseason play with a lot of momentum having won 13 of its last 14 games en route to their first-ever Big 12 Tournament title and season-best nine-game winning streak.
A&M will face 15th-seeded UTSA (23-9) in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship on Saturday, March 22 at 11 a.m. (CT) in Baton Rouge, La. Both teams were placed in the Oklahoma City Regional with defending national champion Tennessee as the top seed to beat in the 64-team tournament field. The Aggies, who received their highest-ever national ranking in the final Associated Press Poll released on Monday, are out to prove why they are one of the hottest teams in the country and will have a national stage to showcase their talents. A&M is looking to notch its most victories in school history as the Aggies are currently tied with the 1978-79 squad (26-18) with 26 wins on the year.
The winner of the first-round game will meet either seventh-seeded Syracuse (22-8) or 10th-seeded Hartford (27-5) in second-round action on Monday, March 24 at 7:00 or 9:30 p.m. (CT). Both games will be televised live from the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on ESPN2.