April 12, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The National Champion Texas A&M women's basketball team continues to reach new heights receiving a program-best No. 1 national ranking in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll.
The Aggies, who improved on their previous school-best of No. 3 in the Coaches Poll in 2008, brought home their first national championship title this season in their first-ever trip to the NCAA Women's Final Four. They finished the year with a school-record 33 wins and ranked in the top 10 in five NCAA statistical categories, including the best turnover margin in the nation.
Head coach Gary Blair, who is in his eighth season with the Aggies, also achieved his highest-ever national ranking with one of his basketball squads in 26 overall seasons of coaching at the Division I level at Stephen F. Austin, Arkansas and Texas A&M combined.
The Aggies have now been ranked in the Coaches Poll for 99 consecutive weeks and 53 all-time in the top 10. Notre Dame, which Texas A&M defeated in the championship final, was No. 2 in the final women's poll. Connecticut was third, followed by Stanford and Baylor.
The Aggie women hoopsters are among several successful varsity sports on campus to be ranked No. 1 in the national polls recently. Texas A&M equestrian and women's outdoor track and field are also currently ranked No. 1. Men's and women's outdoor track and field were both ranked as high as No. 1 in 2009 and 2010 and Aggie baseball started the 2009 season as the top-ranked team in the nation.
FINAL ESPN/USA TODAY COACHES TOP 25 POLL
1. Texas A&M
2. Notre Dame
9. Green Bay
12. North Carolina
16. Miami (FL)
17. Ohio State
18. Michigan State
20. Florida State