Texas A&M beat Notre Dame 76-70 in the women’s NCAA Championship game. For fans of the game it was one of the years most exciting, riveting, games of the season.
Watching the game it is hard to believe that just 50 short years ago Texas A&M did not even allow women to attend school. They were among the last schools to fully integrate classes and go co-ed. The women’s basketball players this week laid to rest any lingering doubts (were there any?) that this might have not have been a good thing. Compared with the men’s NCAA Championship game played just a day earlier the women’s game was near non-stop action. The two teams, each sporting a can-do attitude and undying belief they were the rightful champions this year, fought tooth and nail to outdo the other. They exchange baskets, taunts and amazing comebacks throughout the game.
Texas A&M star player Danielle Adams scored 30 points, 22 of them in the second half to put her team head and shoulders above the Irish. Adams is the Aggie’s All-American. She was a junior college transfer who underwent a near complete physical transformation to become the superstar we all saw on the court Tuesday night. Adams dropped 40 pounds since last summer, bringing her weight down to just 240. This no doubt helped her jump just a little bit higher, which in turn allowed her to grab nine amazing rebounds. It is no wonder then that Adams was named the game’s Most Outstanding Player.
In the first five minutes Texas A&M took an early lead scoring 12 points to Notre Dame’s 4. Texas A&M was helped in their fight by Notre Dame’s seeming inability to hold onto the ball. They turned it over so many times it was near impossible to keep count. Turn overs aside, Notre Dame did manage to make some amazing shots and certainly did not get steam rolled by Texas A&M.
The Irish were led by the powerful playing of Skylar Diggins who was Notre Dame’s star player, and for good reason. By halftime Notre Dame was up 35-33 and started the second half of the game with a 7-2 point scoring spree that seemed to be spelling doom for Texas A&M. Suddenly, after a quick huddle, Adams began shooting not from the outside, where she had been known to dominate, but from the inside lane where she also dominated, but in an unexpected way. Notre Dame was totally caught off guard and found themselves fouling on Adams, and putting her in position to sink baskets unchallenged. It also allowed her teammate to sink a three point shot that gave the Aggie’s a 73-68 lead in the last minute of the game, sealing Notre Dame’s doom.
In the last five minutes of the game Notre Dame had an 8 point run that went unmatched by Texas A&M but it still was not enough to overcome the Aggie’s who were simply too far ahead. Texas A&M proved that though they were a newcomer to the national stage they were there for a good reason. They shot 54.7 percent overall; 68.2 percent in the second half alone. That’s a shooting record anyone would be proud to boast about.
Texas A&M has come a long way since first allowing women to attend school there in 1963. No doubt they will come even further in the years to come, thanks to the belief that all students, male and female, are created equal.
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