Adams must step up for Aggies to get past Baylor

Texas A&M’s Danielle Adams wishes things were different.

But when talking about her performances in the Aggies’ three

losses to Baylor this season, there’s really only one way to put

it.

”I’ve been playing bad against them the first three times,”

she said. ”I’ve been taking bad shots and just rushing my shots

and just allowing them to play good defense on me.”

Adams is averaging almost 23 points for Texas A&M, but fewer

than 12 points against the Lady Bears. She has shot almost 49

percent this season, but managed to make just 12 of 50 shots (24

percent) when playing Baylor.

The senior knows she’ll have to do much more in her last shot at

Baylor in Tuesday’s regional final with a trip to the Final Four on

the line.

”I’ve got to get really prepared and get my mind right for this

game,” she said. ”It’s our last chance. We’re here to make

history and go to a Final Four. Hopefully we get over that hump and

beat them.”

Adams was the most dominant player in the Big 12 this season

next to Baylor’s Brittney Griner. The Texas A&M star led the

Big 12 in scoring and was the only player to have a 40-point game

in the regular season.

Fellow senior Sydney Colson said Adams hasn’t been herself

against the Lady Bears and that she needs to play with a renewed

sense of urgency on Tuesday.

”It’s not that she’s not capable,” Colson said. ”We all know

she’s capable of going off and scoring in bunches. She just has to

get it in her head that they can’t stop her, no matter who they’re

throwing at her.”

Adams’ below average work on offense could have something to do

with the energy she has to put into guarding Griner. At 6 feet 1,

she’s 7 inches shorter than Griner, but uses her weight advantage

to make it difficult for Griner to post up.

The Aggies limited Griner to 17 points in their first meeting

this season, but she scored 26 in round two and 31 in the Big 12

championship game.

”I’m just trying to keep her from scoring 40 points or

whatever,” Adams said. ”So it does catch up with me on offense at

times, but I’ve just got to keep my mind focused on not rushing and

not doing anything stupid and just taking good shots.”

Adams is one of the rare post players who can also step back and

make 3-pointers. She has made 41 this season, but just like the

rest of her shots, the 3s haven’t fallen against the Lady Bears.

She’s 1 of 11 in the three losses.

”Danielle needs to have a little bit of everything, to just not

settle for the 3-point shot,” Texas A&M coach Gary Blair said.

”Go inside the lane, get yourself to the free throw line where

Griner can’t do a damn thing about that.”

Blair would certainly like to see Adams score more against

Baylor, but knows they’ll probably need a big game from more than

one player to get past the Bears.

”To win we have to have balanced scoring,” he said. ”We do

not need Danielle Adams to shoot 28 times against Baylor. We need

(Adaora) Elonu to light it up just like the kid in the second half

did and knocked down a couple of 3s with some nice screens inside

to get her some open looks.”

Adams’ teammates don’t doubt that she can come through for them

on Tuesday. Colson, the point guard, took time during a film

session on Monday to point out a few things that might help her

succeed against Baylor.

”I’m completely confident in her and I think (Tuesday) will be

a kind of game against Baylor that nobody’s seen her play,” Colson

said.