WBB NCAA Sweet 16: Chennedy Carter's superhuman effort not enough

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Chennedy Carter made the country take notice, again.

In case anyone hasn’t kept up with Texas A&M over the past two years, Chennedy Carter might be the most gifted scorer and ball handler in Texas. And next season, she’s probably going to be the best overall player by a wide margin with the likes of Baylor WBB’s Kalani Brown, Texas Tech MBB’s Jarrett Culver likely turning pro. 

She burst on to the national scene as a freshman after averaging over 20 points per game her first year in College Station and was named the unanimous National Freshman of the Year, culminating with her supernova game against DePaul in the 2018 NCAA Tournament in which she scored 32 points in the second half including the game-winning 3-pointer to cap off a 17-point comeback. A&M was eliminated in the next round by Notre Dame. 

Fast-forward one year and the end result was the same. But just like a year ago, Carter gave as good of an effort Saturday in the Aggies’ 87-80 Sweet 16 No. 1 Notre Dame who’d won all 33 of its games by double-digit margins, including the tournament. Carter topped Arike Ogunbowale 34 points with 35 including going 7-of-12 from deep.

Off the dribble, off the screen, or with the midrange pull-up, it didn’t matter. Carter was on another level Saturday — and so was Ogunbowale.

Critique the Mansfield native’s shooting percentage if you want, but her 35 shots were out of necessity to keep pace with the defending national champions.

Unfortunately, Notre Dame’s size advantage mixed with some late game misses from A&M resulted in the Fighting Irish ending Texas A&M’s season for a second consecutive year. But luckily for the Aggies, a young core of seasoned sophomores led by Carter will fuel hype heading into 2019-20.

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