Salute to women of A&M

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Danielle Adams was named Most Outstanding Player after leading Texas A&M past Notre Dame in the 2011 championship game.

On this day in 1876, Texas A&M opened its doors -- to white men only -- and became the first institution of higher learning in Texas. But it wasn’t until 50 years ago – in 1963 – that the university formally admitted women. Since then, several women’s sports stars have worn the Aggies uniform. In the WNBA, Kelsey Bone of the Liberty, Sydney Carter of the Sun and Danielle Adams of the Silver Stars all played for Texas A&M. Olympians Breeja Larson, who won swimming gold in 2012 in London; Jennifer McFalls, who won a softball gold at the 2000 Games in Sydney; and Stacy Sykora, who won a silver in Beijing in 2008, also call Texas A&M home. In addition, women’s teams have won NCAA titles in basketball (2011), softball (1983 and 1987) and outdoor track (2009-2011).