NCAA Tournament

KC's Adams leads A&M to Big 12 women's title

The Kansas City Connection lifted Texas A&M to the championship of the Big 12 women’s basketball tournament.

Forward Danielle Adams scored 17 of her team-high 19 points in the second half, powering the fourth-seeded Aggies to a 74-67 victory over third-seeded Oklahoma in the title game today at at Municipal Auditorium.

Adams, of Lee’s Summit High, played only 7 minutes in the first half, but just as she did when she scored 22 in a semifinal victory over previously unbeaten Nebraska, she started the second half and was an unstoppable force.

Adams scored 17 of the Aggies’ first 23 points of the second half as 11th-ranked Texas A&M, 25-7, won its second Big 12 championship. The Aggies’ first Big 12 tournament championship also was at Municipal Auditorium in 2008.

Adams, a junior, finished with 19 points and seven rebounds, and was selected Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament.

A&M guard Tyra White of Hickman Mills scored 16 for the Aggies, and guard Tanisha Smith of Lincoln Prep added eight.

Consecutive baskets by the Sooners’ Danielle Robinson and a steal and basket by Amanda Thompson drew Oklahoma to within 67-65 with 1:11 to play. But Texas A&M guard Sydney Colson dropped in a shot from the lane with 47 seconds left for a 69-65 lead, and the Sooners could get no closer.

Oklahoma, ranked 12th in the nation, fell to 23-10. The Sooners were led by Amanda Thompson, who scored 20.