By Ashleigh Sargent
What a week of hoops! As a college player and fan, my observations about the tournament mixed strong emotions (one of the stars of women’s basketball ends her college career with a 72-63 loss) with excitement for the way the final game unfolded. It is meaningful to see a new team win it all.
Why did Texas A & M win? Texas was tougher down the stretch and Notre Dame didn’t have an answer for Danielle Adams, with her strong body and soft hands. Even when Notre Dame went on runs, Texas A&M never let that shake their confidence. To win close games, you have to win the battle of the intangibles. Both teams went on runs and faced lulls. It requires focus, hustle, and toughness (mental, emotional, physical) to outlast a very evenly matched opponent.
What does it mean for other college teams? Knowing that on any night that any given team can win will make teams more competitive. In the off-season, teams will work harder and look at teams like Texas A&M, which has never won the championship, and see themselves. Players can no longer settle for mediocrity thinking it doesn’t matter because UConn or Stanford will win it anyway…