Texas A&M will get another shot at the Oklahoma Sooners. Barely. The Aggies edged Kansas State 65-63 in a quarter-final match-up of top 25 powers Friday afternoon at the Cox Center.
Danielle Gant, who played high school ball at Putnam West, scored a game-high 22 points to lead No. 10 Texas A&M (24-6), including the go-ahead basket with 20 seconds left. K-State had a chance to tie it. Following a mad scramble underneath the goal, Ashley Sweat took a hurried 10-footer at the buzzer that hit the rim twice before rolling out. A&M handed OU its only conference loss on Feb. 15. Senior forward Marlies Gipson scored 22 to lead the No. 22 Wildcats (24-7). This one was much different than A&M’s lopsided 26-point win in Manhattan two weeks ago. The Aggies built a 36-26 lead late in the first half but it was a back-and-forth game the final 12 minutes featuring 14 lead changes, including 10 in the final 10 minutes. Kansas State’s final lead was 60-59 but the Wildcats tied the game 63-63 with 43 seconds left on two Sweat free throws. Gant’s basket proved to be the difference.