Nov 21, 2011
Texas A&M’s Gary Blair Earns Victory No. 600

COLLEGE STATION — Texas A&M women’s basketball coach Gary Blair earned his 600th career victory Sunday in the Aggies’ 93-47 whipping of a future Southeastern Conference foe in Mississippi State — two occurrences that normally would’ve brought a festive atmosphere in Reed Arena.

It was anything but a normal weekend for Blair, however, as his heart was heavy from the death of close friend Kurt Budke, the Oklahoma State women’s coach who along with assistant Miranda Serna and two others was killed in a single-engine plane crash Thursday.

“You think about the people who are hurting right now, Blair said. All of the hurt at Oklahoma State.”

Blair and assistant Vic Schaefer plan to attend a memorial service for Budke and Serna today in Stillwater, Okla.

“It’s a reminder how important each moment you have is, Blair said of the tragedy. Too many times as coaches and athletes, you’re always just thinking about the next game.”

On Sunday, the sixth-ranked Aggies put away the Lady Bulldogs early, leaping to a 25-4 lead midway through the first half. MSU cashed in only four free throws in that span and didn’t record its first field goal until more than 11 minutes had ticked off the clock.

“We’re embarrassed, and I hope this is a lesson we learn from, MSU coach Sharon Fanning-Otis said. “On how to handle their pressure.”

Despite Sunday’s 46-point setback, Fanning-Otis said she’s in favor of A&M’s entrance into the SEC next year.

“Whatever makes our league better, that’s what I’m for, Fanning-Otis said.

Right now, the defending national champions would make any league in the nation much better. A&M, showing zero signs of any letup from last year’s inspiring sprint through the NCAA tournament, has won its first four games by an average of 30 points.

“This is a program built on defense, said A&M center Kelsey Bone, who tallied game highs of 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Bone pointed out that MSU’s Martha Alwal had 22 rebounds in the Lady Bulldogs’ victory over Alcorn State on Thursday. Alwal finished with three against the Aggies.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/college_sports/big_12/article/Blair-coaches-Aggies-with-heavy-heart-2279760.php#ixzz1eO633XM7

Texas A&M’s Gary Blair Earns Victory No. 600

San Antonio Express-News, Brent Zwerneman

http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/college_sports/aggies/article/Blair-earns-his-600th-victory-but-with-a-heavy-2279760.php

COLLEGE STATION — Texas A&M women’s basketball coach Gary Blair earned his 600th career victory Sunday in the Aggies’ 93-47 whipping of a future Southeastern Conference foe in Mississippi State — two occurrences that normally would’ve brought a festive atmosphere in Reed Arena.

It was anything but a normal weekend for Blair, however, as his heart was heavy from the death of close friend Kurt Budke, the Oklahoma State women’s coach who along with assistant Miranda Serna and two others was killed in a single-engine plane crash Thursday.

“You think about the people who are hurting right now, Blair said. All of the hurt at Oklahoma State.”

Blair and assistant Vic Schaefer plan to attend a memorial service for Budke and Serna today in Stillwater, Okla.

“It’s a reminder how important each moment you have is, Blair said of the tragedy. Too many times as coaches and athletes, you’re always just thinking about the next game.”

On Sunday, the sixth-ranked Aggies put away the Lady Bulldogs early, leaping to a 25-4 lead midway through the first half. MSU cashed in only four free throws in that span and didn’t record its first field goal until more than 11 minutes had ticked off the clock.

“We’re embarrassed, and I hope this is a lesson we learn from, MSU coach Sharon Fanning-Otis said. On how to handle their pressure.”

Despite Sunday’s 46-point setback, Fanning-Otis said she’s in favor of A&M’s entrance into the SEC next year.

“Whatever makes our league better, that’s what I’m for, Fanning-Otis said.

Right now, the defending national champions would make any league in the nation much better. A&M, showing zero signs of any letup from last year’s inspiring sprint through the NCAA tournament, has won its first four games by an average of 30 points.

This is a program built on defense, ” said A&M center Kelsey Bone, who tallied game highs of 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Bone pointed out that MSU’s Martha Alwal had 22 rebounds in the Lady Bulldogs’ victory over Alcorn State on Thursday. Alwal finished with three against the Aggies.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/college_sports/big_12/article/Blair-coaches-Aggies-with-heavy-heart-2279760.php#ixzz1eO633XM7






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