Upset win by Irish didn't surprise Aggies

INDIANAPOLIS --- Sydney Colson and her Texas A&M teammates weren't surprised that Notre Dame beat No. 1 Connecticut.


They knew what it was like to get tired of getting beat by the same team over and over again. The Aggies lost to Baylor three times before getting past the Bears in the regional final and they watched with interest as the Fighting Irish advanced to the title game by beating their Big East rival.

"We were talking about how they have played them three times before," Colson said. "And this is their fourth time playing them, and they could possibly get an upset just like us against Baylor. And we were confident that they were going to go out there and do it, just because, you know, so much is on the line. And at some point you've got to go out there and get a win before it becomes embarrassing for your team."

CROWD SUPPORT: Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins expected her hometown of South Bend, Ind., to come to a halt during Tuesday night's championship game.

"Hoosier basketball, you know, you can't even put into words how important this sport is to the state," Diggins said.

MARKETABILITY: Texas A&M coach Gary Blair says women's basketball could be marketable -- if anyone would market it.

He said the teams at the top draw well, but the middle and bottom teams need to be more creative in finding ways to pull people in.

"We need to spend money to make money, and a lot of programs do not do that," Blair said. "They will not put enough money into women's basketball. Women's basketball grows in so many ways besides the dollar bill."

NEXT UP: Danielle Adams , Texas A&M's talented center, played her last college game Tuesday night but the Aggies have someone with similar abilities coming right behind her.

Kelsey Bone , a 6-foot-4 sophomore, sat out this season after transferring from South Carolina and will be eligible to play for the Aggies in 2011-12.

"She has a great inside-outside game just like me," Adams said.



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