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Former SFA standout has fond memories of her old Coach Gary Blair

(KTRE) – There is much joy in Aggie Land.  The Texas A&M women's team is the new reigning queens of basketball.

The N-C-A-A Championship Title comes after A&M defeated Notre Dame on Tuesday night.

The Irish led by seven points in the second half, but lost 76-70 to the Aggies in Indianapolis.

Danielle Adams scored 30 points for the Aggies, who pulled away with a 68 percent shooting performance in the second half. The Irish were led by Skylar Diggins' 23 points and Devereaux Peters' 21-point, 11-rebound double-double.

The game brought back memories for former SFA standout, now Douglass High School Coach Dayna Reed Westbrook. "He was an awesome coach.  Extremely intense and very hard on his players, especially his guards, but he got everything out of you."

Coach Blair was at SFA from 1985-1993, Westbrook played for him from 1987-1991. "One of my most vivid memories, senior year, we upset Louisiana Tech in overtime and he made a deal with us, if we beat them, he'd shave his moustache off.  So, he shaved it off on the bus on the way home and he hadn't had it since," Westbrook recalled.

Westbrook said even today she is influenced by the lessons learned from Blair.  She said she finds herself running plays that Blair taught them and carrying on his passion for the game.

Blair had many opportunities to celebrate during his run at SFA.  Now, he is celebrating new memories after his Lady Aggies toppled the Irish and grabbed the N-C-A-A Championship, the first for A&M.

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