Defense sparks Texas A&M
Sydney Colson drove the length of the floor and found a cutting Tyra White for a layup with 3.3 seconds left Sunday to give the Aggies a thrilling 63-62 victory over Stanford, which goes home from its fourth straight Final Four without a championship.
The teams traded leads five times in the final minute, capping A&M’s remarkable rally from a 10-point deficit in the final six minutes.
And they’re not finished yet.
“It’s time to make history,” Colson said.
The Aggies (32-5) already have done that by punching a ticket to their first title game. They’ll meet homestate favorite Notre Dame Tuesday.
“Give credit,” coach Gary Blair said after winning his first semifinal game in two tries. “Defense will win for you.”
When Stanford took a 54-44 lead with 6:01 to play, most people inside Conseco Fieldhouse assumed the Cardinal were heading to their third title game in four years. Stanford (33-3) managed only two more baskets the rest of the night.
Colson gave Texas A&M a 59-58 lead by making two free throws with 53 seconds left.
Eighteen seconds later, Stanford’s Nnemkadi Ogwumike made two free throws to give Stanford a 60-59 lead.
A&M came back with White’s layup with 19 seconds to go, only to have Ogwumike answer with a tough layup of her own with 9 seconds left that gave Stanford a 62-61 lead.
The Aggies, without a timeout, immediately got the ball to Colson, who raced up the floor and dished to White for the winner.
White finished with 18 points, and a slow-starting Adams had 16 points to lead the Aggies.
The Cardinal were led by Ogwumike’s 31 points and Jeanette Pohlen had 11.