Sophomore Jordan Nixon has been clutch all season for the Texas A&M women’s basketball team, and Wednesday night’s second-round matchup in the 2021 NCAA Tournament was just another day at the office for her.
With the game tied at 82-82 and less than 10 seconds to go in overtime, Nixon went coast-to-coast, shredding through the Iowa State defense for a game-winning buzzer-beater.
Jordan Nixon’s Buzzer-Beater
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The second-seeded Aggies advanced to the Sweet 16 on that thrilling ending over seven-seeded Iowa State. That marks a third straight Sweet 16 berth for head coach Gary Blair, who hopes to win it all after the team captured its first national championship in 2011.
Jordan Nixon, the heroic guard with already two buzzer beater shots this season, finished the game with 35 points. She couldn’t help but get emotional after the win.
“It really goes back to trust,” she said while trying to hold back tears in a postgame interview. “They trust me to make plays. They trust me to lead this team.”
The Aggies scorer 27 in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime. The wire-to-wire period ended because of players like Nixon’s determination.
“Spirit of the 12th man, if you’re familiar. We keep fighting,” she said.
Nixon’s buzzer-beater caught the attention from athletes and celebrities all over. Actress and wife of Dwyane Wade Gabrielle Union fan-girled over Nixon on Twitter. Even NBA superstar LeBron James paid his respect on Instagram.
“Of course they trust you! When you put in the work that’s the results!” he wrote.
It’s still early in the women’s tournament, but Jordan Nixon and the Aggies have all the momentum right now. They’ll play three-seed Arizona in the Sweet 16 on March 27.
If Jordan Basketball has anything to say about it, these ladies won’t be going home anytime soon.