Jordan Nixon saved Texas A&M from being the best seed knocked out of the event to this point with a layup on the buzzer in overtime that gave the Aggies an 84-82 win over Iowa State.
Seventh-seeded Iowa State held the lead for a lot of the sport and ended the third quarter with a 9-point benefit. But the second-seeded Aggies — who have been pushed exhausting of their first-round win over 15th-seeded Troy — weren’t taking place 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 some extent 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 overtime, and began overtime with a 3-pointer that gave the Aggies a lead for the primary time. The groups continued to volley till the tip and have 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 event, and the Aggies breathed a sigh of reduction. Texas A&M will play in its third consecutive Sweet 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.
“Today was for him,” she stated.
She added, “We didn’t want to go home tonight, and I’m glad we’re still dancing.”