INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Texas A&M was unfazed by Notre Dame’s homecourt advantage in Tuesday night’s national championship game.
Notre Dame was playing three hours from campus, but the Aggies handled the pressure well in a 76-70 win.
Much of the crowd wore green in support for Notre Dame. But the Aggies said their rugged Big 12 schedule prepared them for the atmosphere.
“We’ve definitely been in some heated arenas,” Texas A&M guard Sydney Colson said. “I think this team, we’ve adjusted to adversity all year, and I think this team has such a mental toughness and a physical toughness to get through a game like that.”
Though outnumbered, the Texas A&M fans made their presence felt. As the postgame celebration began, the greatly outnumbered Aggie fans cheered loudly, with many of the maroon-clad faithful holding up flags with the school’s logo.
The fans put their arms on each other’s shoulders and swayed back and forth in unison as the band played the school’s fight song, “The Aggie War Hymn.”
“Our fans were faithful, and I’m glad we had as many fans as we did,” Colson said.
ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Texas A&M’s Danielle Adams was named the Final Four’s most outstanding player.
The senior forward had 30 points and nine rebounds in the championship game.
Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins also made the team. She scored 23 points in the final after scoring 28 points against Connecticut.
The other members of the team were Connecticut forward Maya Moore, who scored 36 points in the semifinal loss to Notre Dame; Notre Dame’s Devereaux Peters; and Texas A&M’s Tyra White.
NO SURPPRISE: Guard Sydney Colson and her Texas A&M teammates weren’t surprised that Notre Dame beat No. 1 Connecticut to reach the final.
They knew what it was like to get tired of losing to the same team over and over again. The Aggies lost to Baylor three times before getting past the Bears in the regional final and they watched with interest as the Fighting Irish advanced to the title game by beating their Big East rival.View Entire Story
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