2008 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship
Game 11: No. 3 Oklahoma State vs. No. 4 Texas A&M

March 15, 2008

Final Score: Texas A&M 64 - Oklahoma State 59

Championship Game Attendance: 4,420
Overall Championship Attendance: 24,190

Starters
Oklahoma State: Riley, Hardeman, Green, Smith, Cordero
Texas A&M: Starks, Franklin, Gant, Reado, Micheaux

2007-08 Regular Season
OSU and Texas A&M split the season series, with the Cowgirls winning the first matchup, 61-58, in College Station and the Aggies then evening the score in Stillwater, 69-57.

Updated Head-to-Head Figures

  • Oklahoma State leads the all-time series 20-15
  • The Aggies took the teams' first-ever championship meeting
  • Now in his third year at OSU, Kurt Budke is 1-6 against Texas A&M
  • Gary Blair's owns a 16-6 all-time record against the Cowgirls and is 10-3 during his time in Aggieland
  • The last five games in the series have been decided by a combined 17 points

At the Conference Tournament

  • A&M improves to 6-11 at the conference championship
  • OSU falls to 8-12 all-time at the conference tournament and 7-8 in tourney games held at Municipal Auditorium

In the Championship Game

  • A&M earned its first win in the championship title game, while OSU stays winless at 0-1
  • The third seed falls to 2-4 the tourney title tilt, while the No. 4 seed gets its first win in as many tries (1-0)
  • OSU was the first No. 3 seed to reach the title game since Kansas State did so in 2005
  • The Cowgirls' five-point margin of defeat is the third smallest in the championship game

A&M Individual Numbers

  • Takia Starks has now scored in double figures in all but one (31 of 32) games this season
  • Morenike Atunrase (14 points) has scored in double figures in four of the past five games and 10 overall games this year
  • A'Queonesia Franklin's 19 points ties a season high and marks her highest total since conference play opened ... the senior posted 15+ points for just the second time this season ... she also dished out four assists for a career best single season total of 154
  • Danielle Gant's 11 points marks the 27th time she has scored in double digits this year
  • Patrice Reado stands just a bucket shy of the 900-point career benchmark (898)

OSU Individual Numbers

  • Andrea Riley has scored in double figures in 20 consecutive games this season ... this is her eighth straight game scoring 20 or more points ... she tied her Big 12 play high five steals
  • Danielle Green has posted double-digit points in each of the championship's three games her team has played in ... the senior tied her season high blocks with two
  • Shaunte' Smith scored in double figures for the fifth straight game
  • Riley, Green and Smith scored all but two of the team's 59 points

Team Tidbits
A&M...

  • Owns a conference-leading nine-game winning streak with the team's win
  • Has now won 13 of its last 14 games
  • Tied its school record 26 single-season wins
  • Drained nine three-pointers to crush its former season single-game best of six treys
  • Earned just its second win (2-6) against Big 12 South opponents in conference tourney play
  • Bettered its record against top-25 teams to 6-4 this season
  • Improves to 12-11 in games in which both teams are nationally ranked
  • Remained undefeated (5-0) in the month of March

OSU...

  • Broke its four-game winning streak with its loss on Saturday
  • Is 2-5 now when trailing at the half
  • Was not only down at the half for the fourth time in conference play, but faced the largest deficit in these four games (nine points)
  • Drops to 4-4 vs. top-25 ranked opponents
  • Is 4-22 when tallying fewer than 60 points under Coach Budke
  • Dished out its second-lowest number of assists (5) since conference play opened. The team's pair of assists at Texas A&M on Jan. 19 was its lowest of the 2007-08.
  • Made just three treys for the second straight game, which is the team's lowest in Big 12 play
2008 Big 12 All-Tournament Team
Takia Starks - Texas A&M (Most Outstanding Player)
Andrea Riley - Oklahoma State
Heather Ezell - Iowa State
Danielle Green - Oklahoma State
A'Quonesia Franklin - Texas A&M