And then there were none

Following on the heels Wednesday’s loss by the men’s team, the Texas A&M women’s basketball team lost their third-round WNIT game at Southwest Missouri State, 62-60, last night. But oh, what could have been—after roaring back from a 16-point halftime deficit, the Aggies had a three-point shot to win the game with about four seconds left, only to have the shot not go in.

The Aggies finished the season with a 16-15 mark, a 7-win improvement from last year’s 9-19 mark.

Congrats to both the men’s and women’s hoops squads on (hopefully) bringing basketball back to Texas A&M!

One down, one to go

But unfortunately, the one down was Texas A&M.

The men’s basketball team’s magical run in the NIT tourney came to an end tonight, as the Aggies lost their third-round matchup to St. Joseph’s, 58-51, in College Station. The Aggies finished the season at 21-10 in front of a record home crowd of 13,151 and matched the Aggies’s deepest run ever in the NIT, in the process improving a nation’s-best 14 wins over last season (7-21).

As an aside, Aggies fans have earned a reputation for being some of the classier fans as a whole (there are exceptions, of course, but such is life). It’s nice to see that some things haven’t completely changed:

It was a great atmosphere [at Reed Arena in College Station]. I salute the people here. […] I knew that we would come in here and be treated well. The fans were great, they cheered for their team. It’s not like that at a lot of places that we go. The administration here at Texas A&M can be proud because they didn’t treat us like visitors. They treated us appropriately because it was a post season game. I want to thank all of them.

St. Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli

Here’s wishing the Aggies’ women’s team a better result in their own third round WNIT matchup tomorrow night against SW Missouri State…

Turning back the clock

Only it’s not really turning back the clock, as what’s going on right now is unprecedented in Texas A&M basketball history…

Adding to the earlier win by the men’s team, the A&M women’s basketball team advanced to the third round of the WNIT, beating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in College Station last night, 65-59. The Aggies (16-14) will go on the road to face Southwest Missouri State (22-8) on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the men’s team will be facing St. Joseph’s (22-11) in their third round NIT matchup in the friendly confines of Reed Arena in College Station on Wednesday.

Both roundball teams into the third round of the postseason in the same season. Who’d have thought it a couple of years ago?

Unfamiliar territory

Final score from the second round of the NIT:

Texas A&M – 75, DePaul – 72

The Aggies (21-9) advance to the third round of the NIT for the first time since 1982 to face either St. Joseph’s or Holy Cross on Wednesday, March 23rd (location TBD). A&M is now one step away from an NIT Final Four berth in New York City’s Madison Square Garden—keep your fingers crossed…

Followup (Mar 22, 2005): It’s St. Joe’s. And it’s going to be in College Station—WHOOP!