Friday, March 16, 2012
Texas A&M women still in Baylor's shadow
By Mechelle Voepel
Last year, Baylor won the Big 12 regular-season and tournament titles, and all the league chatter heading into the NCAA tournament was about the Lady Bears. Then Texas A&M beat Baylor in the Elite Eight and ended up winning the national title.
This year, the Aggies are the defending champions. And all the Big 12 talk going into the NCAA tournament is about … Baylor again. The Lady Bears repeated both their conference titles, the tournament crown coming after a 23-point spanking of the Aggies in the final last Saturday.
With that, Texas A&M essentially bid adieu to the Big 12; the school joins the SEC, along with Missouri, next school year. However Gary Blair's program could add one last feather to the Big 12's cap with another Final Four appearance. This time, the Aggies won't have to go through Baylor to do that; both teams would have to make the national final to meet again.
But to get to Denver, Texas A&M might have to overcome the team it beat in last season's national-championship game, Notre Dame, as they're both in the Raleigh region. But that's all a ways down the road.