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Aggies' luck runs out in the Sweet Sixteen, fall to Fighting Irish, 87-80

March 30, 2019
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History has a funny way of repeating itself. 

In almost the exact same fashion as last year’s six point defeat, the 4th seeded Aggies squared off fell by seven to the first seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 87-80. 

The Aggies were defeated despite Chennedy Carter’s career high 35 points. Arike Ogunbowale led the way for the Irish with 32 points and 5 rebounds while Jessica Shepard added 24 points, 6 assists and 14 rebounds. 

Carter set the tone for the Aggies early with a pull up three from deep and then followed that up with a layup in traffic. Jessica Shepard did the same for the Irish, showcasing her versatility  from both mid range and the post. Carter grabbed two fouls early on but waved off Coach Blair’s attempts to sub her out. This call would prove correct as Carter ended the first quarter with 11 points compared to just seven from the rest of the team. 

Notre Dame stayed balanced offensively with five different players scoring at least three points. However, this wasn’t enough to maintain their early lead or the momentum. Lay-ups from Shambria Washington, N’dea Jones, Kayla Wells and Ciera Johnson lightened Carter’s load and freed up the sophomore to hit two deep triples from NBA range. Back and forth went the game and both squads went to the locker room at half all knotted up at 42 a side.

Notre Dame started the second half with a blitzing 10-2 run. The Irish’s all time leading scorer, Arike Ogunbowale, scored 12 of their 23 points which was enough to give them the lead despite 14 from Chennedy Carter. A&M ended the 3rd quarter trailing the Irish, 65-62.

All-American Jackie Young came to life with 10 points and combined with Ognubowale’s 12 the Irish were able to outlast the Aggies in the 4th and secure the victory. A one on one and one pull up jumper over Carter by Ognubowale signaled the end as this started a dominant 14-5 through the middle of the 4th.

The Fighting Irish continue their pursuit of back to back national championships against either Missouri State or Stanford. 

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Aggies' luck runs out in the Sweet Sixteen, fall to Fighting Irish, 87-80

Rudybryan
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Congrats!!!! We had an exciting year of WBB and can only look forward to next year
when everyone comes back.......NEXT year is your year!!!!
Rudybryan
aggieFann
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Coach seemed fired up and I'm here for it in that post game interview. I'm glad he's standing up and wanting more exposure for the team she players. I'm looking forward to us getting better and having and reaching higher goals next season.
cs69ag
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AG
The 35 points was a recored for Carter in an NCAA tournamentw game, but she had 46 at UCLA as a freshmen!
sharpdressedman
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Congratulations to the team and coaches on a very good year! You played hard and well, represented Texas A&M with pride and class, and exceeded my initial expectations.
biobioprof
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cs69ag said:

The 35 points was a recored for Carter in an NCAA tournamentw game, but she had 46 at UCLA as a freshmen!
USC, not UCLA.
cs69ag
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AG
left coast team
trackaggie76
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Can't wait for next year. This year may have been GB's best year of coaching at A&M--he should have been an SEC Coach of the Year contender with 4 new starters and losing two returning starters to rival teams--and picked preseason to finish 6th. Really proud of all the players, GB and his entire staff!

With the two transfers who sat out this year, Wilson back healthy, a high school all American point guard coming in and all 5 starters returning I think we will be a tough out next year for any team in the country!
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