They played with no fear. They played with poise, too. In short, they played like champions.
And then there were hugs and tears and smiles that stretched from here to College Station. Texas A&M athletics director Bill Byrne brought Gary Blair to Texas A&M eight seasons ago to make women's basketball relevant.
That he has done. With recruiting. With coaching. With class. A few miles from where he won three state championships at South Oak Cliff High School, Blair delivered a landmark victory.
The Texas Aggies are headed to the Women's Final Four.
How does that sound this morning, Aggies? Pretty sweet, huh?
Blair's assistant, Vic Schaefer, wept joyously. So did player after player. They did it the hard way. In the fourth meeting of the season against top-seeded Baylor, the Aggies broke through with a landmark 58-46 victory in front of 11,508 in the regional final Tuesday.
Now it's on to Indianapolis, where the Aggies will play Stanford on Sunday for a berth in the national championship game.