Women's notebook: Aggies full of scoring threats; ask Baylor

2011-04-02T00:00:00Z Women's notebook: Aggies full of scoring threats; ask Baylor Arizona Daily Star
April 02, 2011 12:00 am

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - On the day Danielle Adams became Texas A&M's first first-team All-American she didn't score in the first 20 minutes of the team's regional final against Baylor.

It didn't matter.

Sydney Carter scored 15 first-half points to lead the Aggies to a 32-21 halftime lead en route to a 58-46 win over the Lady Bears.

It was a game highlighting the many offensive weapons the Aggies have. Adams averages 22.3 points a game to lead the team and was the top scorer in the Big 12 in the regular season. But five other players have been the high scorer at least once each this season.

"I think that's what makes us really effective is that people don't really know who to guard out there," Carter said.

Tyra White averages 13.6 points a game and Carter is at 10.5. Sydney Colson and Adaora Elonu average 8.5 and 8 points, respectively.

Texas A&M faces Stanford on Sunday in its first trip to the Final Four.

He likes Stanford

After Texas A&M beat Brittney Griner and Baylor, the best player left is All-American Maya Moore of Connecticut, A&M coach Gary Blair said.

"(UConn's) always the favorite until someone knocks them off, but I think Stanford might have the best overall team," Blair said. "You're looking at a team that's been to four straight Final Fours."

Stanford hasn't won a title since 1992, and was beaten by UConn last year in the title game. But the Cardinal broke UConn's 90-game winning streak earlier this season.

"There's maybe a certain amount of more calmness," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "People know a little bit more what to expect."

Facing Irish again

To get to the title game, UConn will have to beat Big East rival Notre Dame for a fourth time this season. The Irish hung close in the first three games, including a three-point home loss in January.

Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw needs only to look at Texas A&M for inspiration. The Aggies beat Baylor after falling to the Lady Bears three times.

"We will definitely reference Texas A&M; the fourth time's a charm," said McGraw, who won the NCAA title in 2001 after knocking off UConn in the semifinals. "It's going to be a mental hurdle."

Rim shots

• The family of a slain Middle Tennessee State player Tina Stewart has filed a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit against her accused roommate, Shanterrica Madden, 18. Stewart, a junior from Memphis, was stabbed to death following a fight at their apartment March 2.

• After taking Gonzaga to the NCAA round of eight, coach Kelly Graves said he has signed a 10-year contract to remain at the school.

Final Four

Sunday at Indianapolis. Games on ESPN, 104.9-FM and 1490-AM

• Game 1: Texas A&M vs. Stanford, 4 p.m.

• Game 2: Notre Dame vs. Connecticut, 6 p.m.

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