Thousands salute a 'great day in Aggieland'

McClatchy news servicesApril 7, 2011 

Thousands of fans packed Reed Arena in College Station to welcome the Texas A&M women's team home with its first national championship.

A band played, and banners were hung everywhere as the team and coaches gathered a day after defeating Notre Dame, 76-70.

University president R. Bowen Loftin called it a “great day in Aggieland.”

“This belongs to the team, but it also belongs to all Aggies,” he said. “It’s been a long time coming.”

Texas A&M All-American Danielle Adams, who scored 30 points in the title game, received a standing ovation. She thanked Texas A&M for recruiting her out of junior college when many schools shied away. Coach Gary Blair, who won the title in his second trip to the Final Four after leading Arkansas there in 1998, didn’t stop smiling.

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