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SEC move to cost student seats Chandler Smith The Battalion As Texas A&M prepares to move into its new conference home, the Southeastern Conference’s bylaws threaten to break up the student section on the East side of Kyle Field, interrupting a tradition that dates back decades. SEC rules require that the section immediately behind the opposing bench — between the 30-yard lines in rows 1 through 25 — cannot be for students. At Kyle Field, this segment of the first deck has traditionally included the Aggie Band. University and student officials will meet on the issue as early as next Monday

to discuss options moving forward. Jason Cook, A&M vice president of marketing and communications, said the University is aware of the issue and that contact has been made with SEC officials on the topic. He could not confirm whether A&M had officially submitted an appeal. “I don’t know whether there was a formal appeal or not. We’ve had discussions with the SEC that it’s very important to us that we maintain Texas A&M as the home of the Twelfth Man,” Cook said. “We’ve talked to the conference office about the uniqueness that we have See Seats on page 5


SEC bylaws prohibit students from sitting in the first 25 rows between the 30-yard lines on the first deck, behind the opposing team’s bench.


Station gunfight RICHARDSON — A man suspected of starting a shootout with police at a suburban Dallas transit station that left a bystander dead Tuesday was himself found dead a short time later after a second gunfight with pursuing officers, authorities said.

nation GLBT progress OLYMPIA, Wash. — Lawmakers are poised to legalize gay marriage in Washington state, which would make it the seventh state in the nation to allow same-sex couples to wed. Associated Press


Senior industrial engineering major Jay Kapadia, front right, competes with the traditional Indian dance team, Wreckin’ Raas.

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inside The 71’s perform at Shotzi’s See inside to learn more about the lead singer, Keeton Coffman, and why he wants to keep the band’s music separate from religion, page 3.

Watchmen debuts miniseries See inside for a review of the prequel, ‘Before Watchmen,’ a seven-part miniseries debuts this summer, page 3.

sports | 6 Aggie women win big See inside for a recap of the women’s basketball win against the Wildcats, page 6.

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Traditional Indian dance team takes the show on the road to national competition When and Where Raas Rodeo 2012 takes place Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Westlake High School in Austin. Other participating schools include Michigan State, Stanford, Duke and Miami.

O’Dell Harmon Jr. The Battalion A&M is filled with many diverse and unknown student organizations that Aggies are not aware of. One unique student organization, Wreckin’ Raas, is an Indian-style dance team comprised of 20 Aggies will compete On Saturday in Raas Rodeo, a national dance competition in Austin, Texas. Wreckin’ Raas, formed in 2009, competes across the nation— from The Festival of India to Dandia Dhamaka in Ann Arbor, Michigan — and will once again take center stage at the Westlake Per-

forming Arts Center to compete against students from schools including Michigan State, Stanford and Miami. “There will be teams literally from every corner of the nation,” said Tej Pandya, senior petroleum engineering major and captain of Wreckin’ Raas. “We will be there representing the University, like any other sports team. We’re here competing for Aggies.” The name comes from a combination of the terms “Wreckin’ Crew” — of Aggie football lore — and “Raas,” which is the style of dance the group performs.

“The Raas dance style originated from the western part of India in a state called Gujarat,” Pandya said. “There are two aspects to it. One Raas where we dance with sticks and the other is Garba, where you dance without sticks and is based off clapping and the rhythm.” Although a relatively young organization, Wreckin’ Raas has had success attracting members. Sonya Chanchlani, freshman general studies major, plans to help the group grow. See Raas on page 2



Wiley Series tackles Iranian difficulties

Anthropology offers new focus Haley Lawson & Michal Ann Morrison

Trevor Stevens The Battalion Fluxuating oil prices and the threat of nuclear weapons development fuel the tension between the U.S. and Iran, a topic addressed in an on-campus discussion Wednesday evening. Two professors discussed these current global issues during the MSC Wiley Lecture Series symposium: The Iranian Hazard. Professor Paulo Barretto, consultant on international nuclear projects, said evidence of Iran acquiring nuclear-specific equipment and western sanctions imposed on Iran, are furthering the distance between Iran and western nations at the negotiating table. As a member of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, NPT, Iran has the legal right to uranium enrichment, the key ingredient to

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Students listen Wednesday evening as professors discussed western challenges dealing with Iran. a nuclear weapon. A 20 percent concentration of natural uranium is the politically decided “red line” for NPT members. Iran has not crossed the “red line,” but continues to work at the “border line,” Barretto said. See Iran on page 4

The Battalion Faculty members in the department of anthropology have noticed a growing interest in archaeology from their students. After exploring options, they decided to begin a pilot program of an archaeology track within the department. Students will now have the option of an archaeology track, and if interest continues to grow, the department hopes to establish a Bachelor of Science in archaeology. Marco Valadez, advisor to the department of anthropology, explained what the track would add to the basic anthropology degree.

“It’s going to be a track,” Valadez said. “The major is actually going to say ‘anthropology,’ but the transcripts say it’s an archaeology track. You take the same introductory classes that anthropology students take, but then you take archaeology electives. We’re going to require field school, or lab experience, with one of the archaeologists on staff.” Felipe Castro, associate professor of nautical archaeology, said the idea for the track came about from the excellence of the programs offered by the department of anthropology. The program has been in the works for a See Archaeology on page 4

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Robyn Torpey, sophomore allied health major, shops for organic food at HEB.

Financial advisors discuss eating healthy, cheap to eat correctly without eating fast food and spending a lot of money,” said Gabrielle Henslee, freshman molecular and cell biology major. Money Wise Aggie counselors also suggested using leftovers in a variety of ways, such as using chicken with rice and reusing it for chicken quesadillas. One of the best ways to save money, they said, is to use coupons and purchase items in bulk. Taking advantage of discounts found in newspapers or online can free up money. Counselors emphasized that planning is the key to realistic spending. “I liked how informative and precise it was,” said Cody Faisst, junior biomedical engineering major. “They really got into the specifics about eating on a budget, and I can take what I’ve learned home to use and save money.” Some local markets also offer other ways to save money by offering memberships. Stores like Kroger and Village Foods give members discounts at checkout. They also offer manager specials, which give shoppers the opportunity to buy items that are quickly losing shelf life at marked-down prices. Also, the Aggie Community Garden, Holistic Garden and Farmers Market and Spice Gar-

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College students are busy, which can sometimes affect other areas of their lives, such as nutrition and sleep. During a Money Wise Aggie event, financial aid counselors emphasized the importance of having a nutritional goal and making long-term realistic changes. They stressed that maintaining a budget is essential, as well as sustaining a healthy life style. “College students often spend a lot of money on food,” said Mark Mielke, certified financial planner for the scholarships and financial aid department. “They’re so busy that the proper nutrition needed for an active lifestyle can be challenging. Money is stressful to students, so we tried to incorporate nutrition in with budgeting to help students out.” Making homemade snacks and food, such as trail-mix and stir-fry, is one way event coordinators recommending reducing cost while not sacrificing nutrition. This allows students to use ingredients of their choice — saving money and giving students the ability to cook with healthier ingredients. “I came because I wanted to learn how

den often offer students convenient and healthy food options. Students use food in social environments — whether at restaurants, bars or get-togethers — and there are ways to save money and eat healthy in this area, as well. Money Wise Aggie recommended taking out cash before going to a restaurant to avoid overspending. Another effective way to decrease spending and make the meal last longer is to take half of the meal home. The “Eat Smart on a Budget” presentation is given twice a year to students and staff. Another presentation on this subject will be given on April 11. For some ideas on healthy recipes and snacks look, at the Food Network website,, or Quick & Easy Food for Busy College Students. For more information on Money Wise Aggie, visit the Facebook page or website at moneywise. “It’s all about being aware of what they’re eating,” said Anna Hines, accredited financial counselor for the scholarships and financial aid department. “They can control what they’re eating by making it themselves.”

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Wreckin’ Raas has been competing for only three years and has already made an appearance on the national scene.

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“I have been dancing my whole life, and I wanted to continue that and Wreckin’ Raas was the perfect way,” Chanchlani said. With two-hour practices and class schedules, all the members work together and practice to hone their skills and become a stronger team. “I’m really excited for the competition — I love competition season,” said Shivani Makan, freshman general studies major. “I am nervous, a little, but I’m also excited. I’m pretty confident we can come in first with the way we practice.” While some members may be young, they still bring years of experience to the team. This has made the team a topranked competitor in only three years. “I have been doing Raas my whole life,” said Parth Jhaveri, sophomore economics major. “Whenever we have religious festivals or national holidays, we have people dancing and doing Raas. When I got to college, I saw the opportunity to join [Wreckin’ Raas].” The team has traveled all over the country and state in an effort to get recognition while also representing Aggies. “I think bringing the awareness that we are a competitive team — that we’re here to represent not just ourselves but also the


entire University,” Pandya said. “We’re not just trying to bring pride and accomplishments to ourselves, but also to A&M so we can let everyone know that, hey, A&M has a dance team that’s competitive and is going around the nation competing at a high level — and winning.” Even though Wreckin’ Raas is primarily an Indian team, it welcomes any Aggie to join because its main goal is to share the culture and joy of its experiences while dancing. “We like to encourage everyone to come out and audition,” Jhaveri said. “It’s an Indian style of dance, but everyone is welcome. We want to spread the culture and awareness.” On stage, the group has formed not

only a team, but also a family that strives to improve through practices and performances. “I feel like it’s the most wonderful feeling for a performer, because everyone’s eyes are on you, and you get to share the stage with all of your teammates,” Chanchlani said. With 20 members, only three years under its belt and a limited budget, this small organization plans to continue competing and branching out to reach the masses. “The main thing we want to stress to people is the awareness that we exist,” Pandya said. “We just want people to know we are a small organization, but we are doing big things.”

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Before the Watchmen

Jared Baxter: ‘Before Watchmen’ deserves chance despite nerd-fandom uproar


ast week, DC Entertainment announced that writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel masterpiece, “Watchmen,” would be receiving the prequel treatment in seven new miniseries come this summer. And for those unfamiliar with the comic’s medium, proclaiming such would be akin to volunteering yourself to be shot first in a duel with pistols. Except here the A-list writing and drawing talent involved is praying they survive long enough not to fire back, but to prove that even the most beloved and thought-to-beuntouchable of mythologies can be improved. Upon hearing the exhaustive gasp of nerds everywhere, I decided to dust off my copy of “Watchmen” and dive into the revered

work. It did not take long for me to feel like a teenager again. There I was flipping through pages, admiring Gibbons’ detailed artwork and soaking in Moore’s thought-provoking dialogue. You see, “Watchmen” isn’t just any piece of comic book material. It’s the supposed pinnacle of the genre, a graphic novel that devout fans claim can sway any non-reader. I would know, because I’ve made these claims. Never picked up a comic in your life unless it conveniently fell out of a cereal box one morning? Then here, read “Watchmen.” I swear you will never look at a comic book the same way again. Initially released as a 12-part monthly series in 1986, “Watchmen” features a plot that spans decades. It tackles sexual abuse, murder, politics, war, the meaning of life and humanity’s destiny. Combine those elements with the deconstruction of the ideal superhero, and you’ve got quite the influential novel. In Moore’s typical anti-Hollywood fashion, he has shunned the upcoming prequels much

in the same way he wanted nothing to do with the “Watchmen” movie adaptation in 2009. He grumbled to the New York Times, comparing his work to Melville’s classic “Moby Dick” and admonishing DC Entertainment for still using ideas he came up with 25 years ago. This coming from the recluse wizard genius who wrote “Batman” and “Superman.” Not to mention the fact that Moore borrowed a treasure trove of classic literary characters for his “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” series. DC Entertainment’s higher-ups took a bold stance in announcing this project, admitting to the controversy it has inevitably spurned and evoking their rights as publishers. It’s all too easy to point the money-grubbing finger at them. Prequels are among the prime cash cows in today’s entertainment business, whether it be through tie-in books, video games or yet another attempt by Star Wars to get us into the theater with an Episode I 3-D re-release.

Christian rocker separates music, religion Sam Neal The Battalion Why are musicians always judged by their religion? Keeton Coffman, lead singer of the 71’s, is a devout Christian who wants to break this religious stereotype through his music. Coffman believes that when a person associates themselves with a religion, other people immediately judge every aspect of that person’s life. He finds that musicians in particular are heavily judged by their religious beliefs. “I don’t know why musicians are always judged on their beliefs.” Coffman said. “When I go to the doctor and he fixes my broken bone, I don’t ask him if he is a Christian.” Coffman does not consider The 71’s to be a Christian band. He believes that when a musician makes his or her beliefs public, people have difficulty separating their music from the artist’s religion. “I wish that there was a way for people to listen to the music and not stereotype based on the person’s religion.” Coffman said. “I love rock and roll music, so why can’t I just do that and not be judged by my religion?”


The 71’s promotional for the upcoming cross-country tour. Some religious listeners are disenchanted with bands who they believe are abusing the Christian label to gain popularity. “It really bugs me when a band calls themselves ‘Christian’ just to get attention,” said Kelsi Turner, freshman general studies major and Christian music fan. “It’s easy to separate the fakers from the believers; just look at their

life offstage.” Through his music, Coffman tells stories that people of any belief or background can connect with emotionally. He believes that music exists to bring people together, but that religiousthemed music pushes people further apart. “I write about the human experience; I just want people to hear my music and feel con-

“It’s our responsibility as publishers to find new ways to keep all of our characters relevant,” said DC Entertainment co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee. “After 25 years, the Watchmen are classic characters whose time has come for new stories to be told.” Motivated by money or not, the “Watchmen” characters deserve to have their backstories filled in like any other name-brand superheroes. And considering the talent involved, any real judgment should be reserved until the final product. Moore may have written his complete tale, but he is not the end-all, be-all creative owner of the series. “I did the right thing, didn’t I?” asks Watchmen hero Adrian Veidt, a.k.a. Ozymandias. “It all worked out in the end.” “In the end? Nothing ends, Adrian,” replies the godlike Dr. Manahattan. “Nothing ever ends.” Jared Baxter is a senior telecommunications major

nected to one another,” Coffman said. “I don’t have an agenda and I’m not trying to toe the line between preaching and entertainment. When people listen to my music, I just want them to think about how the music relates to their lives.” Coffman is always open to discussing Christianity with his fans, but believes that it is best suited to a one-on-one conversation. “A nice conversation over a good beer is a better way to talk about God than onstage during a show,” Coffman said. Coffman’s band, The 71’s, are having a free concert at 10pm on Friday at Schotzi’s, and he wants everyone to come out and enjoy the show. The 71’s have been to College Station once before, and were very well received by the students. “They had really high energy and kept the crowd really involved,” said sophomore psychology major Chance King, who was in attendance at their last concert. “My favorite show last year was the one in College Station,” Coffman said. “The crowd was incredible, and I have been looking forward to this show ever since.”

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thebattalion hull of the Belle, the La Salle shipwreck from the late 17th Century in Matagorda Bay. That project is located close by, at the Riverside Campus. This is just one example of exciting opportunities made available to students through the program. Castro believes that the future of nautical archaeology depends on virtual reality. “We work a lot with computer science,� Castro said. “We have all sorts of projects with them and the visual lab, which is the best in the U.S. We reconstruct ships in 3D. The best way to study is to have a model.� Even students who are not interested in changing their majors to be part of the program can find ways to be involved in archaeology. “If they like their majors but want to get involved, they can look at the [Texas A&M] Anthropology Society, which does weekend field trips and work at archaeological field sites around Texas,� Valadez said. Students will have access to many opportunities currently being pursued by the nautical archaeology program, like a first century A.D. Italian

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few years. This new path will add to Texas A&M’s accomplishments in the field. “The idea was around a few years ago, because we felt that there was a lot of interest among anthropology students for archaeology,� Castro said. “The main reason why we started was because the study for the center of early Americans is the best in the world, and then the nautical archaeology program is the best in the world.� “[The track] is built for people who either want to work in archaeology or go to grad school for archaeology, so it’s going to be very specific,� Valadez said. When the track begins in the Fall of 2012, advisors and faculty within the department of anthropology will be monitoring the success of their students to determine if making the track a Bachelor of Science would more beneficial. According to Valadez, the archaeology track is meant to provide students with more of a focused education on archaeology rather than just anthropology. “One of the things I’d like to do over the next twothree years is to hopefully do a bachelor of science in it, which will add more geology to the coursework,� Valadez said. “This is a way for us to see how much people are interested, how successful we can make them. We want to help them get jobs or get into grad programs for archaeology.� Currently, the nautical archaeology program is preserving and conserving the

shipwreck, a Spanish shipwreck in Portugal, a Revolutionary War ship excavation beneath the Twin Towers in New York and, believe it or not, a steamboat excavation in Oklahoma. India Johnson, a junior anthropology major, is one of the students looking forward to participating in the track in the fall. “I chose archaeology because, even though it seems like it’s a worn out field, it’s something I can get passionate about, and there is always something you can learn from the past,� Johnson said. “I’m excited because modern technology has continued to expand and help us find more and more sites that we had no idea were out there.� Michael Waters agrees that archaeology is a thriving field with a good job market. “There is a good job market out there for archaeologists,� Waters said. “At the [Bachelor of Arts] level, you can go in and work with CRM archaeology, which means Cultural Resource Management. In fact, I would say that 95 percent of all the archaeology done in the U.S. is done with CRM.�


Texas A&M’s archeology program includes a wellrespected nautical archeology research emphasis. pening in Syria these days — they don’t want to see a drastic change in government,� Stroll said. In the attempt to thwart Iran from developing nuclear weapons, western nations, including the U.S. and the European Union, have attempted to put financial and economic pressure on Iran. The U.S. government said it would ban any institution dealing with the Central Bank of Iran from U.S. financial systems. “Iran exports its oil; people give them money; they pay for it through banks; most of those banks have some kind of connection to the U.S. banking system,� Stoll said. “If this is fully implemented, it threatens to be something where Iran can’t get paid for its oil.� Oil is a significant part of Iran’s economy. Stoll said the country imports food and pays with oil money. “If they can’t sell their oil, they can’t pay for food,� Stoll said. “Already, ships that were bringing grain into Iran have turned away because they say they know we can’t get paid.� Stoll said the newest sanctions against Iran, if implemented, will hurt common Iranian citizens most. Iranian government of-

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“Iran will not have a nuclear device this year,â€? Barretto said. “First, because they have limited enrichment capabilities ‌ mechanical problems.â€? Barretto also said the issues between Israel and Iran, as well as Russian and Chinese continued action importing oil from Iran, are indications of a “developing capabilityâ€? for Iran to possess nuclear weapons. Richard Stoll, professor of political science at Rice University, said Iran lacks the military capability to directly attack the U.S., but could provide support to various terrorist groups in the Middle East. Iran has been on the U.S. Department of State’s list of state sponsors of terrorism since January 1984. Stoll said this is because Iran clearly supports Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based Shi’a Muslim militant group and political party. “[Iran] has this very sophisticated smuggling network that goes from Iran through Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon, which tells you how the Iranian government feels about things that are hap-

ficials responded to western sanctions by threatening to wreak havoc on international oil markets by blocking the Strait of Hormuz. Stoll said he doesn’t think Iran could completely blockade the Strait of Hormuz, but that they if they tried, they would use a combination of mines, speed boats and antiship missiles. Even if Iran can’t close the strait, Stoll said, the flow of oil will decrease and insurance rates on shipping will skyrocket, causing oil that passes through the Strait of Hormuz to be more expensive. Junior electrical engineering major Arnold Zhang said it is important to have professors who are knowledgeable on the subject to communicate to students analysis of current global events. “One trend in civilization now is globalization; everything is connected to each other whether it’s markets or cultures,� Zhang said. “Not being knowledgeable about the world is not being responsible as a citizen, especially if you want to be a citizen in a position of power to help not only your people, but you have to look out for other people, as well.�

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thebattalion and the fact that the entire East side of our stadium is all students and that’s something that’s special to us and unique in all of college football.” Texas A&M Student Body President Jeff Pickering has been active in consolidating a uniform student stance on the issue. “This came to our attention a little over a week and a half ago. … Our first reaction was, ‘This is not good.’ We were upset,” Pickering said. “I asked people to start thinking of scenarios for, ‘If we have to adapt, how can we adapt?’” In a Student Senate bill passed Wednesday night, student government took a formal stance on the issue. The bill maintains that “any reduction of student section seating as a result of compliance with the Southeastern Conference’s seating regulations is detrimental to the ‘tra-

“I think that the Twelfth Man isn’t the Twelfth cept that the change is inevitable and should push for an exception Man because of where they’re standing. I to be made. Pickering hopes, in the event think the Twelfth Man is the Twelfth Man because of

what they’re standing for.” — Mark Jessup, head drum major of the Aggie Band

ditions and pageantry the 12th Man brings to Kyle Field.’” The seats taken from the student body would likely be allocated to the Twelfth Man Foundation, to be sold to season ticket holders who make contributions to the athletic program. The Senate bill implies an expectation that the student body would receive seats elsewhere in the stadium equal in number to the ones lost, estimated by Pickering to be at least 500. The Foundation declined to comment in advance of University

action. During Senate debate of the issue, Sen. Mark Womack expressed disappointment that University administration withheld knowledge of the issue from students during the push to join the SEC. “Frankly, I think this should have been brought to students earlier,” Womack, a graduate student at the Bush School, said. “This is an egregious failure on the part of the University.” Womack argued that students and administration officials shouldn’t ac-

changes must be made, that the sentiments expressed in the bill are upheld by school officials. He plans to express those sentiments in a meeting with A&M President R. Bowen Loftin on Monday and will meet with student leaders including the Corps commander, yell leaders and a student athlete representative Thursday to cement a unified student message. Mark Jessup, head drum major of the Aggie Band, said moving the band and some students will not compromise Kyle Field’s game day experience. “A&M is just engrained in tradition and when you start moving things left and right or compromising the reality that we’ve come

to accept that, ‘This is Kyle Field’, people are going to get upset,” said Jessup, who also serves in the Student Senate and sponsored the Kyle Field Student Seating perseveration Bill. “Do I think it will compromise the atmosphere? No I don’t. I think that the Twelfth Man isn’t the Twelfth Man because of where they’re standing. I think the Twelfth Man is the Twelfth Man because of what they’re standing for.” Jason Cook said the administration is not presently considering reducing student seat allocations. “We know the impact that the Twelfth Man has and we are going to work diligently to ensure we don’t lose that significant home field advantage that we have,” Cook said. “There are no discussions about decreasing the amount of student seating that we have at Kyle Field.”



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In January, in their Big 12 conference opener, the No. 14 Aggies stepped off the gas and let a double-digit halftime lead seep through their fingers against the Kansas State Wildcats (15-8, 6-5). In the rematch Wednesday, there would be no such lapse. A&M had an electric first half, in which they outscored the Wildcats 39-19, to pave the way to a 67-36 home rout. The Aggies led from start to finish for the second game in a row to seize their fourth straight win in emphatic fashion. The win boosts A&M’s record to 8-3 in conference play and 17-5 overall. Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson said that she was impressed by A&M’s performance. “That was a dominant performance by A&M across the board,� Patterson said. “They applied great pressure and never relented. This was a game in which they had their way in every aspect all night long. I’m extremely impressed by the intensity and consistency as A&M brought players on and off the bench.� The center position was a boon for the Aggies once again. Coming off a careerhigh 26 points against Kansas, junior center Kelsey Bone scored 14. Sophomore center Karla Gilbert netted 14 off the bench. The Aggie centers combined for 28 points and 13 rebounds. A&M head coach Gary Blair said that his centers deserve “extra cheese on their cheeseburgers� for their performance. “Our five position is very much improved and that was the best we’ve looked all year when I’ve had both bigs in at the same time,� Blair said. “A lot of it was due to the fact that Kansas State didn’t have the depth in the post position.� Senior guard and leading scorer Tyra White recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Blair said that White’s success comes from establishing herself in the interior rather than relying on her jump shot.


Senior guard Sydney Carter shoots a contested layup. “We’re trying to get Tyra down low a little more because she’s such a good finisher and rebounder down low,� Blair said. The Aggie defense clamped down on the Kansas State offense to the tune of 23 turnovers, 22.7 percent field goal shooting and a Kansas State season-low 36 points. White said that tonight’s defensive performance was nothing new for the Aggies. “That’s just how we play,� White said. “We know when we play great defense we’re one of the best in the country. It comes with the maturity that we’re coming to from playing so many Big 12 games.� Bone said that the Aggie coaches cautioned against looking past Kansas State to a showdown looming Saturday against undefeated No. 1 Baylor and allowing the Wildcats to come back in the second half once more. “When we played them the first time it was my first

Big 12 game,� Bone said. “We’re starting to be aware of one another on the court. In our huddle right before the second half we talked about not taking our foot off their throats. The coaches stressed it to us not to overlook this team.� Blair said that Baylor junior center Brittany Griner is changing the way the game is played. “[Griner] has changed the way defense is played in college basketball,� Blair said. “We’re still going to have to have some balance between inside and outside. They’re the best team in the country and they deserve everything they’re getting. But we’re not chopped liver.� White said that games such as the one against Baylor on Saturday are the reason she plays the game. “It’s going to be loud,� White said. “Playing women’s college basketball, games like Saturday are what we play for.�

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