Texas A&M players Kelsey Assarian, left, and Sydney Carter (4) fight for a loose ball against Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike (30).
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INDIANAPOLIS — Texas A&M's defense was good enough to take down two No. 1 seeds.
They'll find out Tuesday if it's good enough to win a national title.
The Aggies rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final six minutes Saturday, and Sydney Colson drove the length of the floor and found Tyra White for a layup with 3.3 seconds left to give Texas A&M a 63-62 victory — and its first trip to the title game in a thrilling finish that included five lead changes in the final minute.
After Sydney Carter stole Stanford's final pass, the Aggies leapt for joy.
"It shows our competitiveness, our toughness, we love each other like sisters," White said. "We weren't just happy to be here, we wanted to win."
Beat Notre Dame on Tuesday night and Texas A&M (32-5) would leave Indianapolis with an improbable national championship.
White scored 18 points, and All-American Danielle Adams had 16 points to help the Aggies end Stanford's winning streak at 27 in a row.
The Cardinal (33-3) were lead by Nnemkadi Ogwumike's 31 points and Jeanette Pohlen had 11, but went home empty-handed from the Final Four for a fourth consecutive year.
None of those games were as exciting as this one, though.
A&M trailed 54-44 with 6:01 left to go. Adams started an 8-0 run with two free throws and Colson — who woozily went to the bench after a hard screen earlier in the half — finally gave Texas A&M a 59-58 lead by making two free throws with 53 seconds left.
Eighteen seconds later, Adams was called for a foul on Ogwumike. The upset Adams got up and started running toward the Aggies bench, with one of the referees telling her to calm down. Ogwumike made both shots to give Stanford a 60-59 lead.
A&M came back with White's layup with 19 seconds to go, only to have Ogwumike answer with a tough layup with 9 seconds left that gave Stanford a 62-61 lead.
The Aggies, without a timeout, immediately got the ball to Colson, who raced up the floorand dished to the cutting White for the winner.
"It's time to make history," Colson said. "Forget that you're tired and just push through it and I think it's exactly what we did."
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