The ninth-ranked and second-seeded Texas A&M women's basketball team (27-7) defeated 10th-seeded Minnesota (20-12) in a rout, 73-42, the second round of the 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship on Tuesday night at the Joyce Center in South Bend, Indiana.
Minnesota took a 5-4 lead in the first two minutes of the game, but that was to be the last lead the Golden Gophers would enjoy.
Minnesota kept it close for much of the first half and was down by just three, 21-18, with 8:22 left in the first half.
The Aggies then went on an 18-6 run to end to close out the first half and open up a 15-point halftime lead, 39-24.
The Aggie romp continued as A&M went on a 18-5 run to start the second half and extend their lead to 28 points, 57-29, with 12:37 left in the game.
From that point, the Aggies cruised to an easy 73-42 win.
The Aggies dominated every phase of the game, shooting 48% for the game (31 of 64), including 5 of 13 three-pointers.
The Aggies outrebounded Minnesota 33-24 and led the Gophers in assists 16-7.
Four Aggies scored in double figures, led by senior All-Amercia candidates Danielle Gant (left) with 20 points and Takia Starks with 17 points.
Sydney Colson had six steals to pace the Aggies to a season-high 20 and Texas A&M forced a season-high 32 turnovers.
Twelve players saw action for the Aggies.
Ashley Ellis-Milan led Minnesota with 15 points.
Texas A&M advances Sweet 16 regional semifinals for the second straight year for the first time in school history. The Aggies will play No. 6 seed Arizona State (25-8) in Trenton, N.J., on Sunday.