COLLEGE STATION- Texas A&M women’s basketball opens its 2013-14 campaign by traveling to the DFW Metroplex to take on the North Texas Mean Green in Denton on Monday, November 11 at 7 p.m. The game represents a homecoming for five DFW-area Aggies.
“It is important to me to be able to play in front of the families of our players and our fans who are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area,” said Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair. “The DFW Metroplex has been good to me since my days at South Oak Cliff HS. We have so much rich tradition from this area and we want to say thank you & keep the legacy of quality players finding their way to Aggieland.”
Allison Chu (Plano), Kristen Grant (Arlington/Lamar HS), Chelsea Jennings (Fort Worth/North Crowley HS), Jordan Jones (DeSoto) and Jada Terry (Cedar Hill) all are from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Two more Aggies, Courtney Walker and Curtyce Knox, played club basketball for area club team DFW Elite alongside current teammates Jennings, Jones and Terry.
Additionally, College Station native Karla Gilbert is familiar with the area—and the school itself, as her mom, Nelda Roy-Gilbert, was a two-time All-Southland Conference selection for the Mean Green.
All told, eight of the Aggies on the roster have some ties to the DFW area.
The eight different A&M clubs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area total over 52,000 in number, and are expected to turn out and support the Aggies as they make their only visit to the area for the 2013-14 season.
Texas A&M has won its last three games in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, which includes wins in the 2011 NCAA Tournament over Georgia and Baylor, as the Aggies went on to win the National Championship that year. The Aggies are 5-2 all-time in Denton, and 3-1 against the Mean Green in Denton.
Under Coach Gary Blair, the Aggies have won all four contests it has played against North Texas, but all of those matchups have taken place in College Station. In 1988, the last time the Aggies visited North Texas, the Mean Green saddled A&M with a 60-53 loss, as none other than Nelda Roy scored 17 points to lead all scorers for a Mean Green victory.
Her daughter, along with seven others with DFW ties, will look to start the season the right way in front of Dallas-area friends, family and fans on Monday night.