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Event: SWC Championship Game, Reunion Arena, Dallas, 3/9/96 The history making continued during the 1995-96 season. Unranked Texas A&M met several top 25-ranked opponents and tallied wins over No. 16 Duke and No. 20 Ole Miss. But, it was at the last-ever Southwest Conference Tournament that the Aggies, led by head coach Candi Harvey, really made their mark. A&M reached the finals of the conference tournament for the first time with victories over Rice in the first round and No. 24-ranked Texas in the semifinals. The Aggies later upset seventh-ranked and top-seeded Texas Tech in the championship game to earn the league’s automatic bid en route to their second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Not more than a handful of people would have given the Aggies a chance to beat the Red Raiders, but as a national television audience looked in, A&M would outlast Tech, 72-68. The win set off a celebration at Reunion Arena in Dallas that few will ever forget. The Aggies had claimed their first-ever conference tournament title and would be forever known as the SWC Champions.

Event: NCAA First Round, G. Rollie White Coliseum, College Station, 3/16/94 History was ready to be made during the 1993-94 season. Texas A&M had never qualified for postseason play and that was about to change. The Aggies rallied behind Lisa Branch to put together an eight-game winning streak and an eventual NCAA Tournament berth. Luck followed the surging 13th-seeded Aggies into the postseason as they were able to host an NCAA First Round game against fourth-seeded and 20thranked Florida, because the Gators had a Rod Stewart concert previously booked in their gym. The Aggies took full advantage of the situation as they upset Florida, 78-76, in a memorable game played at G. Rollie White Coliseum. Martha McClelland led all scorers with 22 points.

Event: NCAA Sweet 16, Maples Pavilion, Palo Alto, Calif., 3/24/94 The Florida win would spark another upset in the second round as A&M defeated fifth-seeded San Diego State on their home court, 75-72, to advance to their first-ever Sweet 16 under head coach Lynn Hickey. The 1993-94 Aggie squad became the first No. 13 seed in NCAA Tournament history to advance past the first and second rounds. They along with the 2005 Liberty squad remain the only two Cinderella teams in tournament history to reach the regional semifinals as a No. 13 seed.


2008-2009 Women's Basketball Yearbook  

2008-2009 Women's Basketball Yearbook