Fourth time's the charm for Texas A&M vs. Griner, Baylor


DALLAS -- Sydney Carter scored 22 points as Texas A&M finally beat Baylor -- when it counted the most.

The Aggies are going to the NCAA Final Four for the first time in school history after a 58-46 victory over the top-seeded Lady Bears on Tuesday night in the Dallas Region final.

Baylor and All-American Brittney Griner, who played in the Final Four last year in the 6-foot-8-inch center's freshman season, will have to settle for the Big 12 regular-season and tournament trophies the still-young Bears (34-3) already won this season.

Texas A&M (31-5) had lost eight straight games against its Big 12 rival, including the previous three this season.

The Aggies blew a nine-point lead midway through the second half in Waco last month. They squandered a 12-0 start in the Big 12 championship game just more than three weeks ago.

This time, coach Gary Blair's team lead from start to finish after Carter had a 3-pointer, an assist and a jumper in the game's first two minutes for a 7-0 lead.

"Tonight was our night; we didn't back into it," Blair said. "We won the game fair and square."

Sydney Colson added 12 points for Texas A&M, including key scores after two free throws by Griner had gotten Baylor within 48-41 with four minutes left.

Griner finished with 20 points and nine rebounds but made just 6 of 18 field goals and 8 of 15 free throws.

n Connecticut 75, Duke 40 ---- At Philadelphia, Maya Moore scored 28 points, including the 3,000th of her career, to lead the top-seeded Huskies (36-1) to a victory over the Blue Devils (32-4) and another trip to the Final Four.

UConn is two victories away from winning its third straight national title that would match the school's run from 2002 to '04 and Tennessee's from 1996 to '98.

Next up is Notre Dame on Sunday in the national semifinals.

The two Big East teams are plenty familiar with each other, having played three times this season already. UConn won all of those matchups, including a 73-64 victory in the Big East tournament championship game.

 

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