DALLAS - Sydney Carter scored 22 points and Texas A&M finally beat Baylor - when it counted the most.
The Aggies are going to the NCAA Final Four for the first time in school history after a 58-46 victory over the top-seeded Lady Bears on Tuesday night in the regional final.
Baylor (34-3) and All-American Brittney Griner, who played in the Final Four last year in the 6-foot-8 center’s freshman season, will have to settle for the Big 12 regular season and tournament trophies.
Texas A&M (31-5) had lost eight straight games against its Big 12 rival, including the previous three this season.
The Aggies blew a nine-point lead midway through the second half in Waco last month. They squandered a 12-0 start in the Big 12 championship game just more than three weeks ago.
This time, coach Gary Blair’s team lead from start-to-finish after Carter had a 3-pointer, an assist and a jumper in the game’s first two minutes for a 7-0 lead.
“Tonight was our night, we didn’t back into it,” Blair said. “We won the game fair and square.”
Texas A&M plays Stanford (33-2), another top-seeded team, on Sunday in a national semifinal.
UConn 75, Duke 40: Maya Moore scored 28 points, including the 3,000th of her career, to lead top-seed Connecticut to a 75-40 win over Duke and another trip to the Final Four.
UConn is now two victories away from winning its third straight national championship – a feat that would match the school’s own run from 2002-04 and Tennessee’s from 1996-98.
Next up is Notre Dame on Sunday in the national semifinals.