Women's NCAA tournament: Texas A&M in first Final Four

2011-03-30T00:00:00Z Women's NCAA tournament: Texas A&M in first Final Four Arizona Daily Star
March 30, 2011 12:00 am

DALLAS - Sydney Carter and Texas A&M finally beat Baylor - when it mattered most.

The Aggies are going to the NCAA Final Four for the first time in school history after a 58-46 victory over the top-seeded Lady Bears on Tuesday night in the Dallas Regional final.

Baylor and All-American Brittney Griner, who played in the Final Four last year in the 6-foot-8-inch center's freshman season, will have to settle for the Big 12 regular-season and tournament trophies the still-young Bears (34-3) already won this season.

Texas A&M (31-5) had lost eight straight games against its Big 12 rival, including the previous three this season.

The Aggies lead from start to finish after Carter had a three-pointer, an assist and a jumper in the game's first 2 minutes for a 7-0 lead. Carter finished with 22 points.

"Tonight was our night, we didn't back into it," coach Gary Blair said. "We won the game fair and square."

Sydney Colson added 12 points for Texas A&M, including some important scores after two free throws by Griner had gotten Baylor within 48-41 with 4 1/2 minutes left.

Colson blew by Griner and missed, but was fouled and made both free throws. Right after that, Colson had a steal and took it all the way for a layup and was fouled again.

With the A&M bench going wild, and the stunned Baylor players sitting and staring ahead, Colson finished the three-point play to make it 53-41.

Griner, coming off a 40-point game Sunday against Wisconsin-Green Bay after scoring 30 the game before that, had 20 points and nine rebounds. But she struggled all night shooting, making only 6 of 18 from the field, including a missed dunk attempt.

After making all 10 free throws Sunday, she was 8 of 15 against the Aggies.

• Connecticut 75, Duke 40: In Philadelphia, make it one more Final Four for Maya Moore and Connecticut.

Moore had 28 points, including the 3,000th of her career, to lead top-seed UConn past Duke.

The Huskies are two victories away from winning their third straight national championship, matching the school's own run from 2002 to 2004 and Tennessee's run from 1996 to 1998.

Next up for coach Geno Auriemma's latest juggernaut is Notre Dame on Sunday in the national semifinals in Indianapolis.

Earlier in the day, Moore became only the second four-time All-American.

She was a unanimous choice for the third straight year and has helped Connecticut to an unprecedented 149 victories in her stellar college career, while losing only three times.

Tuesday night she became only the seventh D-I player to reach 3,000 points. Southwest Missouri State star Jackie Stiles was the last in 2001.

Moore fell a bit short of achieving the school's first triple-double since Laura Lishness had one in the Big East tournament title game in 1989.

Moore finished with 10 rebounds and seven steals.

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