Texas A&M’s “Sydneys” talk about facing Georgia and playing in familiar territory. Coach Blair praises his backcourt
DALLAS â€“ While womenâ€™s basketball fans are excited about the prospect of No. 1 seed Baylor meeting up with No. 2 seed Texas A&M in the Dallas Region of the NCAA Tournament, the Aggies are focused on their next contest: No. 6 seed Georgia. Saturday, the starting backcourt of Texas A&M, senior Sydney Colson and junior Sydney Carter talked about playing in the Sweet 16 in familiar territory and what is needed to defeat Georgia.
Essentially, both of â€œthe Sydneysâ€ can play the point guard position and Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair talked about his starting guard tandem and what they mean to the Aggies program.
â€œ[T]he two Sydneys, I don’t know if I’ll ever have another pair like them again,â€ said Blair. â€œI’m just very fortunate that they’re not the same year, so I will always have the transition of replacing one, then the other.
â€œSomebody asked me the other day, â€˜which one can you not afford to loseâ€™? And I can’t afford to lose either one because you win with point guard play, but you win with Sydney Carter â€“ never takes a play off in practice or in games ever. She’s there every possession. And that’s something that you cannot usually find in women’s ball or men’s ball, a kid that never takes a play off. And that’s what Carter does for us.â€
He also had accolades for Colson.
â€œColson is your creator, instant offense,â€ said Blair. â€œShe’s very, very good in the transition game. The transition game works as long as your defense works. You do not want to go down there and play â€˜hope they missâ€™ defense; you want to go down there and play â€˜make them missâ€™ defense, MTM.â€