A&M stuns top-seeded Stanford, heads to title game

Posted: 04/04/2011 in NCAAB, Other Sports

Aggies top Stanford in thriller to reach title game


Texas A&M has toppled another No. 1.

Sydney Colson dribbled the length of the court and dished to Tyra White for the go-ahead layup with 3.3 seconds left, and the Aggies knocked off Stanford, 63-62, in the Final Four on Sunday to reach the NCAA championship game for the first time.

“I pushed it as fast as I could,” said Colson.

Coming off a win over top-seeded Baylor to win the Dallas region, the Aggies ended the game on a 19-8 run that included an 8-0 burst after they had fallen behind by 10.

“This is what women’s basketball needs,” said Aggies head coach Gary Blair. “It needs regional final games and semifinal games and final games like this to be able to sometimes wake up America, to be able to give us credit when credit is due.”

White finished with 18 points, Danielle Adams added 16 and Sydney Carter had 14 for Texas A&M (32-5), which will meet Notre Dame in the national championship game on Tuesday after the Irish toppled Connecticut later Sunday.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike poured in 31 points to lead Stanford (33-3), including a bucket that gave the Cardinal a one-point lead before Colson made her final- seconds dash down the court.

After winning the Spokane region, Stanford was looking to reach the title game for the third time in four years. Instead, a spectacular season that saw them snap Connecticut’s 90-game winning streak came to an end.

The Aggies’ 8-0 spurt got them within 54-52. They drew within 58-57 when Carter dribbled right and buried a three-pointer over two defenders near the top of the arc.

Colson’s free throws gave them a 59-58 lead with 52 seconds left, but Ogwumike made a pair at the other end to put Stanford ahead. The see-sawing continued when White drove for a layup on the left side to make it 61-60 Texas A&M.

But that was nothing like the final moments.

Ogwumike took an inbounds pass on the left side, drove through the paint and scored on a scoop shot to make it 62-61 with 9.2 seconds remaining.

“We ran a play that got me open on the block, and so I knew I had to produce somehow,” said Ogwumike.

But Stanford couldn’t stop Colson, who dribbled all the way into the paint before finding White on the right side of the basket for the game-winner.

“When she passed it to me, I just heard Coach Blair’s voice in my head saying pin the ball,” said White. “So that’s what I did.”

Stanford’s Mikaela Ruef attempted a one-handed inbounds pass the length of the court, but Colson intercepted it near the Cardinal basket and threw the ball in the air to run off the final seconds.

– Steve


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