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Another NCAA Champ Visits Penn State
Texas A&M is the third NCAA champion on Penn State's schedule with the Aggies taking on the Lady Lions on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The A&Mers follow Connecticut and Notre Dame as teams with recent national success into the Bryce Jordan Center.
Coach Gary Blair and his staff have led their players to repeated success since winning the championship in 2011. They made it to the Sweet 16 in 2012 and to the NCAA second round last season.
The No. 24 Aggies are 6-2 losing both of their games in the Virgin Islands where they were defeated by Texas and Syracuse.
Texas women's basketball is known for its bevy of outstanding front court players and with former Lady Lion center Nikki Greene being one of them. Blair's team has plenty of tall players. The tallest players are 6-foot-7 sophomore Rachel Mitchell and 6-foot-5 senior Karla Gilbert. Gilbert is making over 60 percent of her field goal attempts and is the leading shot blocker and rebounder at 9.8 per contest. She was ranked No. 10 overall and the No. 1 post player in the nation by ESPN coming out of high school. Her bio says she chose A&M over Duke, Connecticut, Baylor, Miami and Florida. She's a local product growing up in College Station.
Courtney Walker, a 5-foot-8 guard, is the leading scorer averaging 13.5 ppg and Gilbert is next with 11.3 ppg.
Walker leads the teams in 3-pointers but she's only tried eight. Jordan Jones, a 5-foot-6 guard, controls the game flow with six assists per contest. She also leads her teammates with 19 steals.
The Aggies have three transfers on the roster. Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar is from Spain and transfered from Maryland. Tavarsha Scott-Williams is from NW Florida State College. Achiri Ade, a Baltimore native, transfered from Midland Junior College.
The Aggies compete in the SEC. The league has five undefeated teams (Arkansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee).
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