The Texas A&M women’s basketball team finished the 2017 season with a 26-10 record and a Sweet Sixteen appearance, setting several records along the way.
The Aggie women stayed in the top 25 throughout the season, and I expect them to finish somewhere in the top sixteen when the final polls are released next week.
Along the way, the team set several records:
- Junior Danni Williams became the 30th Aggie to pass 1,000 points in her career
- Junior Anriel Howard became the Aggies all-time rebounds leader this season, and set the single-season record for rebounds as well.
- Freshman Chennedy Carter was named both SEC and National Freshman of the Year, was an All-American honorable mention, and led all SEC Freshman in scoring with an average of 21.9 per game (which itself was second in the SEC), among many other accomplishments
Carter herself is only 184 points from becoming the 31st Aggie to score 1,000 points in the maroon and white.
Though they fell in the Sweet Sixteen, this team gave one seed Notre Dame all they could handle. At one point they even lead the Fighting Irish by as much as 13. After the game, head coach Gary Blair remarked that this team “has a Final Four run in us” in the next few years, and I believe he is right.
Williams, Howard, and Carter should all return in the fall, and I would not be surprised at all to see that team make Texas A&M’s second-ever Final Four and compete for a second National Championship in 2018-2019.
Losing center Khaalia Hillsman to graduation hurts, but with the core of Carter, Howard, and Williams returning I don’t think the loss will be detrimental. All in all, the Aggie women’s basketball team is in a really good place right now, and the next few years could be great ones to be Aggie basketball fans.