April 06, 2011 05:24 AM
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This NCAA tournament had plenty of twists, turns and upsets even before the championship game. Gary Blair and Texas A&M delivered a thrilling ending.
This was the supposed to be the year Maya Moore's Connecticut juggernaut won its third straight title or Stanford broke through or Tennessee got back to the top.
Instead, the Aggies rewrote the script in their first Final Four appearance. They made the 65-year-old Blair the oldest coach to win a national championship just one night after UConn's 68-year-old Jim Calhoun did the same thing on the men's side.
"We gave you that national championship game without the so-called powers of the world," Blair said. "The two powers tonight were the two that earned it."
Danielle Adams scored 22 of her 30 points in a dominating second half Tuesday night to help the Aggies beat Notre Dame 76-70 and bring the women's title back to College Station and the former all-male military academy.
"I had a little voice in my head, 'Don't let this team down,'" said Adams, who became the school's first All-American a week ago and was picked as the outstanding player of the tournament.