Texas A&M Aggies women's basketball

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Texas A&M Aggies
2018–19 Texas A&M Aggies women's basketball team
Texas A&M University logo.svg
University Texas A&M University
Head coach Gary Blair (16th season)
Conference SEC
Location College Station, Texas
Arena Reed Arena
(Capacity: 12,989)
Nickname Aggies
Colors Maroon and White[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away


NCAA Tournament champions
2011
NCAA Tournament Final Four
2011
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
2008, 2011, 2014
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1994, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2018
NCAA Tournament appearances
1994, 1996, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Conference tournament champions
Southwest Conference: 1996
Big 12 Conference: 2008, 2010
Southeastern Conference: 2013
Conference regular season champions
Big 12 Conference: 2007

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.

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 ten times and garnered five conference championships.

History[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3][4]

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 players[edit]

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 [5]
A'Quonesia Franklin 2004–08 Former WNBA player for the Sacramento Monarchs 2008 [6]
Danielle Gant 2005–09 Ranks in the top 10 of many categories TBD [7]
Kelly Krauskopf 1980–83 Chief Operation Officer and General Manager for the Indiana Fever N/A [8]
Jaynetta Saunders 1999–01 Former WNBA player for Phoenix Mercury 2001 [9][10]
Takia Starks 2005–09 All-time leading scorer in A&M history TBD [11][12]
Toccara Williams 2000–04 Former WNBA player for San Antonio Stars 2004 [13]

Player awards[edit]

National Awards[edit]

Danielle Adams – 2011

2018–19 roster[edit]

2018–19 Texas A&M Aggies women's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Year Previous school Hometown
F/C 0 Aja Ellison 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Sr Life Center Academy Voorhees, NJ
G 1 Aahliyah Jackson 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) So Northside Fort Smith, AR
G 2 Aaliyah Wilson 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) RS So Muskogee Muskogee, OK
G 3 Chennedy Carter 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) So Mansfield Timberview Mansfield, TX
G 4 Shambria Washington 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) Jr Trinity Catholic Ocala, FL
G 11 Kayla Wells 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) So South Grand Prairie Dallas, TX
F 12 Cheah Rael-Whitsitt 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) Jr Huron Ann Arbor, MI
G 14 Jada Walton 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) So Southwest DeKalb Lithonia, GA
G 15 Jasmine Williams 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) So Cy-Woods Houston, TX
F 31 N'dea Jones 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) So Brookwood Lawrenceville, GA
C 33 Anna Dreimane 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) So Riga State Gymnasium No. 2 Riga, Latvia
F 34 Caylinne Martin 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Sr Langham Creek
McLennan CC
Houston, TX
C 40 Ciera Johnson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) RS So Duncanville Duncanville, TX
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: September 8, 2018

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Kay Don (1974–1977)
1974–1975 Kay Don 24–9
1975–1976 Kay Don 18–11
1976–1977 Kay Don 14–17
Kay Don: 56–37
Wanda Bender (1977–1979)
1977–1978 Wanda Bender 19–18
1978–1979 Wanda Bender 26–18
Wanda Bender: 45–36
Cherri Rap (1979–1984)
1979–1980 Cherri Rap 19–12
1980–1981 Cherri Rap 7–22
1981–1982 Cherri Rap 9–20
1982–1983 Cherri Rap 11–16 2–6 7th
1983–1984 Cherri Rap 13–15 6–10 6th
Cherri Rap: 59–85 8–16

1982: Inaugural year of
NCAA tournament;
final year for AIAW tournament
A&M starts
Southwest Conference play

Lynn Hickey (1984–1994)
1984–1985 Lynn Hickey 14–14 7–9 T–5th
1985–1986 Lynn Hickey 16–13 9–7 T–4th
1986–1987 Lynn Hickey 9–17 5–11 T–6th
1987–1988 Lynn Hickey 16–13 9–7 T–4th
1988–1989 Lynn Hickey 17–12 8–8 5th
1989–1990 Lynn Hickey 16–12 8–8 T–5th
1990–1991 Lynn Hickey 14–14 8–8 5th
1991–1992 Lynn Hickey 15–13 7–7 T–4th
1992–1993 Lynn Hickey 15–12 7–7 4th
1993–1994 Lynn Hickey 23–8 11–3 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Lynn Hickey: 155–128 79–75
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
1996–1997# Candi Harvey 9–18 3–13 T–10th
1997–1998 Candi Harvey 9–19 4–12 T–9th
Candi Harvey: 59–58 24–35

# A&M leaves SWC;
starts Big 12 play.

Peggie Gillom (1998–2003)
1998–1999 Peggie Gillom 7–20 2–14 12th
1999–2000 Peggie Gillom 11–16 3–13 11th
2000–2001 Peggie Gillom 12–16 2–14 12th
2001–2002 Peggie Gillom 13–16 5–11 9th
2002–2003 Peggie Gillom 10–18 3–13 T–9th
Peggie Gillom: 53–86 15–65
Gary Blair (2003–present)
2003–2004 Gary Blair 9–19 2–14 T–11th
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 22–10 11–5 T-2nd NCAA Second Round
Gary Blair: 286–119 121–73

* A&M leaves Big 12;
starts Southeastern Conference play.

Total: 691–539

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Web Color Palette". Texas A&M University Brand Guide. Texas A&M University. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Women's Basketball Through the Years". Texas A&M Athletics. Archived from the original on 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2008-11-13.
  3. ^ "Texas-San Antonio-Texas A&M Preview". ESPN. 2008-03-21. Retrieved 2008-03-21.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Longman, Jeré (2008-03-30). "Elite Women Prove That A&M No Longer Stands for 'All Male'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-25.
  5. ^ "Morenike Atunrase – Texas A&M". WNBA. 2008-03-31.
  6. ^ "Prospect: A'Quonesia Franklin". WNBA. 2008-03-31.
  7. ^ "WOMEN'S BASKETBALL RECORD BOOK". Archived from the original on 2009-03-21.
  8. ^ "Indiana Pacers Media Guide: Front Office" (PDF).
  9. ^ "Jaynetta Saunders".
  10. ^ "WNBA Draft 2001 JAYNETTA SAUNDERS".
  11. ^ "Defense leads Texas A&M past Evansville 80–45".
  12. ^ "Texas A&M Women's Basketball Record Book". Retrieved 2011-02-05.
  13. ^ "Toccara Williams, Texas A&M". WNBA.com. Retrieved 2008-03-15.

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