One Day Away
March 15, 2009
Courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics
#4 TEXAS A&M (25-6) vs. #2 BAYLOR (26-5)
Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship Game
March 15, 2009 • 12:30 p.m. (CT)
Cox Convention Center (13,297)
at Oklahoma City, Okla.
Television: Fox Sports Net
Radio: Texas A&M Sports Network (KZNE 1150 AM)
Series History: Baylor Leads 41-35
Internet: Live statistics available on www.Big12Sports.com
Like the great championship teams of late in the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers and Major League Baseball's New York Yankees, the ninth-ranked Texas A&M women's basketball team (25-6) will seek a three-peat in arguably the nation's toughest conference from top-to-bottom. It is evident as the fourth-seeded Aggies will have faced three consecutive ranked opponents en route to their second-straight appearance in the title match of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Championship on Sunday, March 15 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. A&M will take on second-seeded and seventh-ranked Baylor (26-5) in a top 10 showdown scheduled to tip-off at 12:30 p.m. (CT) on Fox Sports Net. The trifecta has only happened twice in Big 12 women's basketball history with Texas Tech in 1998, 1999 and 2000 and Oklahoma in 2000, 2001 and 2002. Perhaps, three times the charm for the Aggies who have won seven out of their last eight games of the season in grand fashion. Five have come against top 25 competition in their current seven-game stretch including A&M's 74-62 upset of top-seeded and third-ranked Oklahoma in Saturday's semifinals. With only 90 miles that separate each schools' campuses in central Texas, the Aggies and Lady Bears are eight days removed from last facing each other on March 7 in Waco, Texas. Both teams' regular-season meetings were decided by four points or less in favor of BU. There will be familiarity on the court, as A&M faced all three of its Big 12 Championship opponents in its last four games leading up to the season finale.
WATCH IT LIVE
The Big 12 championship game between the Aggies and Lady Bears will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net. Play-by-play announcer Kevin Eschenfelder, color analyst Debbie Antonelli and sideline reporter Brenda VanLengen will call the action live from the Cox Convention Center. The broadcast will be carried live on Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Detroit (Plus), Fox Sports Florida, Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports North, FSN Northwest, Fox Sports Ohio, FSN Rocky Mountain, Fox Sports South (non-Grizzlies), Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Houston, Fox Sports West, Comcast Bay Area, Comcast Chicago and MSG Network. Delayed broadcasts will be aired on FSN Pittsburgh, Fox Sports Wisconsin, Comcast Mid Atlantic and Comcast Philadelphia.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
A win by either team could clinch them a No. 2 seed in the upcoming 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship 64-team field set to be announced on Selection Monday on March 16 at 6 p.m. (CT) on ESPN. Texas A&M has played the fifth-and sixth-toughest schedule in the nation according to CollegeRPI.com and the Jeff Sagarin/CBN Women's College Basketball Ratings. The Aggies have been ranked among the top 10 teams in the country in both national polls for most of the balance of the season with an impressive 10-4 record against the top 25. ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme projected A&M as a No. 3 seed in the Oklahoma City Regional playing the first-and-second rounds in Albuquerque, N.M., while CollegeRPI.com predicted a No. 3 seed in the Raleigh Regional playing in Albuquerque as well.