Aggies eager to build on program's progress

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Texas A&M is the first women's program to earn a No. 2 seed in four consecutive NCAA tournaments.  The Aggies would like to take advantage of the favorable seeding and reach the program's first Final Four.

The Aggies (27-5) play McNeese State (26-6) on Sunday in Shreveport, La., the first step toward what they hope will be a program-defining run to Indianapolis.

Coach Gary Blair, in his eighth season, has steadily built the Aggies into a national power and a perennial contender in the rugged Big 12. But A&M has taken one step backward in each of thelast two NCAA tournaments since reaching the regional finals in 2008.

The Aggies lost to Arizona State in the regional semifinals in 2009, then bowed out to Gonzaga in the second round last year.

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