Blair & Franklin To Speak At Tyler A&M Club Scholarship Fundraiser

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COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M women’s basketball head coach Gary Blair and senior point guard A’Quonesia Franklin (Tyler, Texas) will be the featured guest speakers of the Tyler/Smith County A&M Club Scholarship Fundraiser on Tuesday, June 26 at the Tyler Rose Garden Center.

Blair and Franklin led the nationally-ranked Aggies to their first-ever Big 12 Championship crown with a program-best 13-3 conference record. A&M made its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and earned a program-best No. 4 seed in the Dallas Regional. Blair was named Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year and was one of four finalists for the prestigious Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year Award this past season. Meanwhile, Franklin was named an All-America honorable mention selection by The Associated Press.

“It’s just an honor to have the opportunity to go back to my hometown and speak to the Tyler A&M Club,” Franklin said. “It’s a great feeling to be apart of an event which will benefit and help other students who want to attend Texas A&M in the future.”

An All-Big 12 First Team selection, Franklin currently ranks fourth all-time in career assists (454) at A&M and led the league for the third consecutive season with an impressive 1.91 assist-to-turnover radio. She dished out a team-best 149 assists to become the third A&M player in school history to turn in three-straight 100+ assist seasons next to Toccara Williams (2000-04) and All-American Lisa Branch (1992-96).

During the 2006-07 season, the Aggies compiled their first undefeated season at home in the 33-year history of the program with a 16-0 record at Reed Arena under Blair’s direction. They were ranked in both national polls a school-record 19-straight weeks and received a program-best No. 10 national ranking on Nov. 28, 2006. A&M (25-7) also posted back-to-back 20-win campaigns for the first time since the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons and went on to finish the year ranked in the final Associated Press and USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Top 25 Polls.

The social and silent auction will commence at 6 p.m., while the barbecue dinner and program will begin at 7 p.m. Country music artist and songwriter Granger Smith will also be in attendance and singing “We Bleed Maroon!” which has become the anthem of Aggieland.

TYLER/SMITH COUNTY A&M CLUB SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Location: Tyler Rose Garden Center

Time:

Social and Silent Action at 6-7 p.m.

BBQ Dinner and Program at 7 p.m.

Cost: $30 per person