Even Without Gant, A&M Handles Duke

Aggies next meet Lady Vols, who cruised past Notre Dame 74-64
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2008 3:30 AM CDT
Tennessee forward Candace Parker (3) reacts to play in the second half of an NCAA women's Oklahoma City Regional semifinal basketball game against Notre Dame, Sunday, March 30, 2008, in Oklahoma City....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Texas A&M is headed to its first regional finals after a 77-63 defeat of Duke, despite losing its star after the first half, AP reports. Danielle Gant scored eight points before dehydration sidelined her, and Patrice Reado took up her mantle, scoring 17 in the second half. The Blue Devils' costliest stat: 19 turnovers. The Aggies will next face:

The top-seeded Lady Vols, who took down Notre Dame for the 20th straight time, 74-64. As usual, Tennessee's driving force was Candace Parker, who this time turned in 34 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks and three each of steals and assists. "In post-season, you've got to come through," Parker explained.