Texas A&M women’s basketball advanced to the Sweet 16…again, thanks to the efforts of Chennedy Carter…again. She has been dominant.
Gary Blair has had one of the more underrated but successful runs as a college basketball head coach. He’s led the Texas A&M women’s basketball team to three conference championships, 14 straight NCAA tournament appearances, advanced to the Sweet 16 sevent times, Elite 8 three times, Final Four once and won the national championship that year in 2011.
A number of excellent players have come through the Aggie program in that time, but perhaps none have been as scintillating a scorer as Chennedy Carter. She set the school record with a 46-point game against USC and also has the fourth and fifth best scoring games in school history. Her 31.5 points per game in the tournament rank fourth in the history of the tournament.
The Aggies have leaned on her for points in each of her two years on campus. That didn’t change when the Aggies hosted the first two games of the 2019 tournament. Carter poured in 27 in the win against Wright State and 30 in the closely fought battle with No. 5 Marquette. The Aggies won after Shambria Washington sank a three late in the game to push the Aggies ahead and Carter sealed the victory with a steal with five seconds left.
They set up a re-match from last year’s Sweet 16 against the defending champion Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Irish won last year 90-84 before going on to win the whole thing. If the Aggies are to have any hope of winning this game, they need a herculean effort from their leader.
The SEC’s leading scorer certainly seems up to the task. Tune in Saturday at 3 pm local time to see if the Aggies can pull off the monumental upset and keep their hopes of a second national championship alive.