The Texas A&M women's softball and basketball seasons both ended in similar fashion in 2008. The teams were nationally ranked, they won the Big 12 conference and both finished the season by losing in Oklahoma City.
Nonetheless, the spring semester at Texas A&M has been dominated by successful women's athletics. The school's basketball team ended its record-setting season in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA tournament in March after posting a 29-8 record. After losing in the WCWS championship round Tuesday to Arizona State, the softball program ended the season with a sterling 57-10 record. "Our women's sports at A&M are phenomenal,” Texas A&M coach Jo Evans. "We just have to keep up with everybody. It starts in the fall with soccer and then basketball. Women's golf just had their best year, track and field won a Big 12 championship. Our women have won just about every Big 12 trophy that can be won. I'm just glad we're not the slackers.” Evan's squad began the year with high hopes of continuing the thriving trend in women's athletics. Even after ace pitcher Amanda Scarborough was lost for the season, the Aggies had the answer in pitcher Megan Gibson—who came into the WCWS sporting a 40-1 record and an ERA under one. The Aggies came into the WCWS having won 13 games in a row and beat Virginia Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette and No. 1 Florida to earn a spot in the championship series. "We're just glad to represent,” Evans said. "We competed for a national championship. It's been fun to watch our programs and we certainly have some things to be excited about in Aggieland.”
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Texas A&M's Megan Gibson hugs a teammate after their loss Tuesday. BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN