Texas A&M Aggies women's basketball
The Texas A&M Aggies women's basketball team represents Texas A&M University in NCAA Division I women's basketball. The team has been coached by Gary Blair since 2003. The Aggies play home games at Reed Arena, a 12,989-capacity arena in College Station, Texas on the campus of Texas A&M.
|Texas A&M Aggies|
|University||Texas A&M University|
|Head coach||Gary Blair (16th season)|
|Location||College Station, Texas|
|Arena||Reed Arena |
|Colors||Maroon and White|
|NCAA Tournament Champions|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|2008, 2011, 2014|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1994, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2018, 2019|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1994, 1996, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|Southwest Conference: 1996|
Big 12 Conference: 2008, 2010
Southeastern Conference: 2013
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|Big 12 Conference: 2007|
The Aggies were the 2011 NCAA Division I national champions. They beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 76–70. They have appeared in the NCAA Tournament fifteen times and garnered five conference championships.
Women's basketball at Texas A&M debuted in the 1974–75 season. The program had not reached the postseason tournament until 1994, when it went to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament. In 1995, they won the WNIT championship. In 1996, they were the SWC Champions and went to the First Round of the NCAA tournament. Since then, the team had not achieved much notable postseason success until the hiring of Gary Blair before the 2003–04 season. In the 2004–05 season, Blair took his team to the WNIT quarterfinals. In the 2005–06 season, the team advanced to the NCAA First Round. In the 2006–07 season, the team won the Big 12 regular season championship, and advanced to the NCAA Second Round. The 2007–08 team finished 8th in the AP Poll, the highest in team history. It also received the highest seed in the NCAA tournament out of all five appearances, and finished in the Elite Eight. On March 29, 2011, Texas A&M defeated Baylor to advance to the program's first ever Final Four appearance.
At the Final Four, the Aggies defeated Stanford 63–62 and Notre Dame 76–70 to win their first national championship. Gary Blair became the first male coach other than Connecticut's Geno Auriemma to win a women's basketball national championship since Leon Barmore led Louisiana Tech to the 1988 championship.
Notable former playersEdit
|Name||Career at Texas A&M||Notability||Year drafted by WNBA||Reference|
|Danielle Adams||2009–11||First first-team All-American in program's history; Current WNBA player for the San Antonio Stars||2011|
|Sydney Colson||2007–11||Ranks in top 10 in career assist; Former WNBA player for the New York Liberty||2011|
|Morenike Atunrase||2004–08||Former WNBA player for the San Antonio Stars||2008|||
|A'Quonesia Franklin||2004–08||Former WNBA player for the Sacramento Monarchs||2008|||
|Danielle Gant||2005–09||Ranks in the top 10 of many categories||TBD|||
|Kelly Krauskopf||1980–83||Former chief operation officer, general manager, and president for the Indiana Fever; assistant general manager for the Indiana Pacers||N/A|||
|Jaynetta Saunders||1999–01||Former WNBA player for Phoenix Mercury||2001|||
|Takia Starks||2005–09||All-time leading scorer in A&M history||TBD|||
|Toccara Williams||2000–04||Former WNBA player for San Antonio Stars||2004|||
- Danielle Adams – 2011
|2018–19 Texas A&M Aggies women's basketball team|
|Kay Don (1974–1977)|
|Wanda Bender (1977–1979)|
|Cherri Rap (1979–1984)|
|Lynn Hickey (1984–1994)|
|1993–1994||Lynn Hickey||23–8||11–3||2nd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|Candi Harvey (1994–1998)|
|1994–1995||Candi Harvey||21–9||9–5||T–2nd||WNIT Champions|
|1995–1996||Candi Harvey||20–12||8–5||4th||NCAA First Round|
# A&M leaves SWC;
|Peggie Gillom (1998–2003)|
|Gary Blair (2003–present)|
|2004–2005||Gary Blair||16–15||4–12||T–9th||WNIT Quarterfinals|
|2005–2006||Gary Blair||23–9||11–5||3rd||NCAA First Round|
|2006–2007||Gary Blair||25–7||13–3||T–1st||NCAA Second Round|
|2007–2008||Gary Blair||29–8||11–5||T–3rd||NCAA Elite Eight|
|2008–2009||Gary Blair||27–8||11–5||T–3rd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2009–2010||Gary Blair||26–8||10–6||T–4th||NCAA Second Round|
|2010–2011||Gary Blair||33–5||13–3||2nd||NCAA Champions|
|2011–2012||Gary Blair||24–11||11–7||3rd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2012–2013*||Gary Blair||25–10||11–5||4th||NCAA Second Round|
|2013–2014||Gary Blair||27–9||13–3||T-2nd||NCAA Elite Eight|
|2014–2015||Gary Blair||23–10||10–6||T-4th||NCAA First Round|
|2015–2016||Gary Blair||22–10||11–5||T-2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|2016–2017||Gary Blair||22–12||9–7||6th||NCAA Second Round|
|2017–2018||Gary Blair||26–10||11–5||T-4th||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
* A&M leaves Big 12;
Postseason invitational champion
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