Jordan Nixon saved Texas A&M from being the best seed knocked out of the match thus far with a layup on the buzzer in additional time that gave the Aggies an 84-82 win over Iowa State.
Seventh-seeded Iowa State held the lead for many of the sport and ended the third quarter with a 9-point benefit. However the second-seeded Aggies — who had been pushed exhausting of their first-round win over 15th-seeded Troy — weren’t happening with no struggle.
A jumper by Nixon coupled with a layup by middle Ciera Johnson with a minute on the clock in regulation introduced the Aggies to inside a degree of the Cyclones. Ashley Joens, who completed with 32 factors and 18 rebounds for Iowa State, clapped again with a turnaround jumper.
Nixon then made a driving layup to ship the sport to additional time, and began additional time with a 3-pointer that gave the Aggies a lead for the primary time. The groups continued to volley till the top and had been tied with a second to go, when Nixon broke away for her layup on the buzzer. She completed with 35 factors.
The Alamodome erupted within the loudest applause of the match, and the Aggies breathed a sigh of reduction. Texas A&M will play in its third consecutive Candy 16.
In a postgame interview, Nixon devoted her efficiency to her highschool coach, Dave Edwards, who died on March 24, 2020, after contracting the coronavirus.
“At present was for him,” she mentioned.
She added, “We didn’t wish to go dwelling tonight, and I’m glad we’re nonetheless dancing.”