April 20, 2011

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M women's basketball program celebrated its first National Championship in school history at the team's annual banquet held Wednesday night at The Zone Club at Kyle Field.

In addition to winning their first national championship in their first-ever trip to the NCAA Women's Final Four, the Aggies (33-5) closed out the 2010-11 season with a school-record 33 wins. Under the direction of head coach Gary Blair, the all-time winningest women's basketball coach in school history, A&M also received a program-best No. 1 national ranking in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll.

The greatest four-year chapter in Aggie Basketball history came to a close as those in attendance paid homage to the Class of '11 made up of graduating seniors Danielle Adams (Kansas City, Mo.), Maryann Baker (Dallas, Texas), Sydney Colson (Houston, Texas) and Catherine Snow (Temple, Texas) who left their mark on Texas A&M women's basketball as one of the elite programs in the nation. They compiled a 115-29 (.799) winning record since their arrival in Aggieland which makes them the winningest senior class in program history.

Adams was honored with the team's coveted Most Valuable Player Award after averaging 22.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in 38 starts for the Aggies. She earned the award for the second straight year. Adams was tabbed A&M's first State Farm All-American, first AP First Team All-American and first USBWA All-American. She closed out her illustrious career with Aggie records for most points (40) and most blocks (10) in a single game, most points in a single season (847), most points in two consecutive seasons (1,386) and the best career scoring average (19.5 ppg). She was named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Women's Final Four and was recently drafted 20th overall by the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars.

Colson was presented with the Miss Aggie Award which is annually given to a women's basketball player who displays loyalty and commitment to the university and program. She earned the award for the second time in her career. As A&M's floor general, Colson dished out the second-most assists in a single season (221) this year. She was named an AP All-America Honorable Mention and finished her career ranked fourth all-time in A&M's career assists (504) and steals (255). Colson was recently selected 16th overall by the 2011 WNBA Draft by the Connecticut Sun and was then traded to the New York Liberty to become the second A&M player to be taken with the 16th overall pick, the highest selection for any Aggie in a WNBA Draft.

Baker, who accepted the Big 12's Sixth Man Award earlier this season, also took home the team's 6th Man Award. The 5-foot-10 guard played in all 38 games with seven starts and provided a spark off the bench contributing 4.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. She posted double figures in five games, including a career-high 21 points at Oklahoma State on Jan. 12.

For their off-the-court accomplishments in the classroom, Baker and junior Kelsey Assarian (Naples, Fla.) shared the Academic Award. Baker earned the honor for the second straight year and graduated with a 3.504 GPA in sport management. Assarian holds a 3.372 GPA as an industrial distribution major and played in 36 games this season. Both Aggies are two-time members of the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.

Junior Tyra White (Kansas City, Mo.) was the recipient of the team's Miss Offense Award averaging the second-most points on the team (13.8) along with 5.1 rebounds per game. The six-foot guard was named to the All-Big 12 First Team, the Big 12 All-Tournament Team, the Women's Final Four All-Tournament Team and was a State Farm All-America Honorable Mention.

For the second year in a row, junior Sydney Carter (DeSoto, Texas) was presented the Miss Defense Award. The 5-foot-6 guard and Big 12 All-Defensive Team selection was also the team's third-leading scorer who averaged 10.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. She also was an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and was the Dallas Regional Most Outstanding Player.

Taking home the team's Miss Hustle Award was junior Skylar Collins (Cedar Hill, Texas). As one of the most hard-working players on the team, the 5-foot-9 guard played in 28 games this season and had a breakout game against Colorado in which she scored a career-high 11 points.

Sophomore Adrienne Pratcher (Memphis, Tenn.) received the team's Most Improved Award. She saw action in 34 games this year and set career bests in every statistical category. Pratcher really came to life in the NCAA Tournament with a career-high nine points twice and a first-half career-best five assists in the NCAA First Round against McNeese State.

Freshman Karla Gilbert (College Station, Texas) rounded out the team award winners with the Rookie Award. She played in 22 games this season with four starts and averaged 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per game with an impressive 52.5 shooting percentage.

A special highlight video of the season written, edited and produced by Charlene Kroeker of 12th Man Productions concluded the night's festivities. The entire 12th Man was also honored by Coach Blair with the Season's Greatest Fan Award.

April 20, 2011
The Zone Club at Kyle Field
at College Station, Texas

MVP AwardDanielle Adams
Miss Aggie AwardSydney Colson
Miss Defense AwardSydney Carter
Miss Offense Award Tyra White
Miss Hustle AwardSkylar Collins
6th Man Award Maryann Baker
Most Improved AwardAdrienne Pratcher
Team Academic AwardMaryann Baker and Kelsey Assarian
Rookie AwardKarla Gilbert
Season’s Greatest Fan Award – The 12th Man