Fraderica Miller and teammates of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were defeated by the Texas A&M Aggies in the NCAA Division 1 Women’s Championship. The Fighting Irish fought a great battle against the Aggies, but came up short in the last minutes of the title game.
The Fighting Irish got off to a slow start during the first half of the game. The Aggies obtained a lead of 11 points within the first ten minutes of the game. Miller came off the bench to play 10 minutes and instantly contributed to the success of the Fighting Irish in the first half. She had four rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Also, Skylar Diggins, Devereaux Peters, and Becca Bruszewski were able to curtail the lead and tie the game. With a minute left in the first half, Skylar Diggins made a field goal to give the Fighting Irish the lead before half time.
The second half, the Fighting Irish appeared to regain composure and settle their nerves to implement the style of play exhibited throughout the season. The fast pace offense rattled and frustrated the Aggies. The Irish’s defense was able to subdue Daniel Adams from the outside, pressure Sydney Colson and Sydney Carter into foul trouble.
The Aggies decided to regroup and realign their strategy of play with their leading lady, Daniel Adams. She was instructed by Coach Blair to go inside the paint and score. It worked. Daniel Adams scored 30 points, nine rebounds, one block, and one steal. Another Aggie, Tyra White, better known as the “Silent Assassin”, followed through with a three-point jumper to help the Aggies take a five point lead over the Fighting Irish with 1:06 remaining in the game. Sydney Carter fouled out of game with 41 seconds to go. Carter had five points, five rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. Colson continued to play with four fouls and had a turnover with 29 seconds left in the game.
Although Miller’s Fighting Irish did not prevail in winning the national title, the ending to their storybook season and journey is amazing! They will definitely be a team to watch as most of the members are returning next season.
The Fighting Irish and the Aggies exemplify how the power to dream impacts teams and the individuals on teams. Both organizations were number two seeds and not favored to reach the finals or play for the NCAA Championship title. They continued to believe in themselves and focus on the dream.
Congratulations to Texas A&M Aggies on winning their first NCAA title!