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WACO -- Senior Ashley Knoll closed with one-under-par 71 on Wednesday as 14th-ranked Texas A&M successfully defended its title at the Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship at Ridgewood Country Club.

The Aggies trailed No. 11 Oklahoma State by four strokes going into the final round, but overcame the Cowgirls with a final round of eight-over 296, the best round of the three-day tournament. A&M (911) finished five strokes ahead of the Cowgirls (916), who held off host Baylor (918) for second place.

Under Coach Jeanne Sutherland, A&M has won three Big 12 women’s golf titles, second only the OSU’s five crowns. A&M also won the Big 12 in 1998 and cruised to a record 11-shot victory last season.

Knoll, the defending Big 12 individual champion, claimed second with a 74-79-71=224 total, three strokes behind champion Amanda Costner of Kansas (71-73-77=221).

A&M freshman Danielle McVeigh joined Knoll on the all-tournament team, tying for fourth place (78-77-74=229). Sophomore Lauren Johnson tied for 12th (77-81-73=231), and freshman Ashley Freeman (77-78-78=233) and senior Christa Spedding (72-81-80=233) tied for 17th.

Nebraska finished fourth (936), followed by Oklahoma (937), Colorado (939), Kansas State (940), Missouri (941), Kansas (945), Texas (954), Texas Tech (958) and Iowa State (972).

A&M has won five Big 12 Conference titles in women’s sports in 2006-07. The Aggies have also won conference titles in soccer, basketball, swimming and indoor track and field.