Danielle Gant scored 22 points, Sydney Colson added a career-best 15 and Texas A&M (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) advanced to the Big 12 championship game by beating third-ranked Oklahoma 74-62 on Saturday.
Big 12 coaches tabbed Texas to finish second in the league race, behind only Oklahoma and All-America center Courtney Paris, despite a slew of returning players among the conference's many existing powers.
Patrice Reado scored all 17 of her points in the second half and Texas A&M overcame the loss of standout Danielle Gant to beat Duke 77-63 on Sunday, giving the Aggies the school's first berth in the regional finals.
Can Texas A&M's backcourt get the better of Duke's stronger front line? Can Notre Dame slow down defending champ Tennessee -- better than it did earlier this season when the Lady Vols beat the Irish by 24 points? We'll find out Sunday.
Heather Ezell and Alison Lacey scored 11 points apiece and Iowa State used a late run with its leading scorer on the bench to beat Texas A&M (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today; No. 13 AP) 57-51 Thursday night and advance to the Big 12 championship game.
The news that LSU coach Pokey Chatman resigned Wednesday helped liven up the ho-hum Big 12 quarterfinals, especially with Louisiana native Kim Mulkey -- a hot coaching property -- on hand to field questions about several job openings.