COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M’s women’s basketball team hosts Oklahoma State in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday, December 7 inside Reed Arena.
“I’m looking forward to renewing the series against Oklahoma State, who we’ve had some great games against when we were in the Big 12,” said Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair. “I think the Big 12/SEC Challenge is great for everyone, because there’s a lot of parity at the top in both leagues, and it is a chance to showcase the best of the SEC and Big 12.”
The teams met every season from 1991-92 until 2011-12, meeting as Big 12 Conference opponents in the last 16 years of that span, but have not faced off since. The Cowgirls hold a 22-21 edge in the overall series, but the Aggies have taken 15 of the last 18 meetings.
Oklahoma State had reached the NCAA Tournament in five of the past seven seasons, but posted a 14-16 record in 2018-19. The game is slated to feature two of the six returning players in Division I who averaged 20.0+ points per game in 2018-19—A&M’s Chennedy Carter (23.3) and OSU’s Vivian Gray (20.0).
This is Texas A&M’s fourth appearance in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, having gone 1-2 in the competition. The Aggies last participated in the event in 2017, losing 70-56 to West Virginia at Reed Arena.
Coming off of back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances, Texas A&M has been as high as No. 4 nationally in early preseason rankings. The Aggies are last season’s only Sweet 16 team returning every starter, with 94 percent of the team's points, and four double-figure scorers, coming back to College Station.
An affordable, family entertainment option, women’s basketball season tickets begin as low as $100. Season ticket holders can renew their seats by logging into their account at 12thManFoundation.com and completing the renewal application. For assistance, or to speak with a representative about all of their ticketing options, fans are encouraged to call 979-846-8892. In addition, season ticket options consisting of unsold 2018-19 inventory are currently live for supporters wishing to purchase new season tickets in person, on the phone or at 12thMan.com/Tickets.
More About The Game:
· Two of the nation’s most-prolific scorers, Texas A&M’s Chennedy Carter and Oklahoma State’s Vivian Gray, face off in the game. Carter leads all returning players with a 23.0 career scoring average—Gray would rank second at 20.0, but does not have enough points to qualify for the national leaderboard
· Since 2005-06, the teams have combined for 22 NCAA Tournament Appearances (Texas A&M 14, Oklahoma State 8)
· Over 6,000 fans have been in attendance for four of Oklahoma State’s last six visits to College Station. The 7,191 fans at the 2007 game was then the fourth-largest in school history.
· While Oklahoma State has a 22-21 edge in the series, Texas A&M has won 15 of the last 18 meetings
· Texas A&M and Oklahoma State own identical 1-2 all-time records in the Big 12/SEC Challenge
· Both teams have been ranked in the series seven times, with A&M holding a 4-3 edge in those games
Key moments of the series:
· January 30, 2007 – at No. 18 Texas A&M 64, Oklahoma State 63 – Danielle Gant hit the game-winning free throw with 0.3 seconds to play, answering a game-tying layup by OSU’s Danielle Green. Gant finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
· February 17, 2007 – No. 13 Texas A&M 62 at Oklahoma State 60 – Takia Starks made a jumper with 0.3 seconds to play to break a tie at 60 and hold off a Cowgirl upset bid. OSU had rallied from down six with under three minutes to play to tie the game.
· March 15, 2008 – No. 11 Texas A&M 64, No. 18 Oklahoma State 59 (Big 12 Tournament Final) – The fourth-seeded Aggies won the Big 12 Tournament for the first time in school history, defeating the third-seeded Cowgirls 64-59. A’Quonesia Franklin scored a team-high 19 points, including four free throws in the final 23 seconds.