Members of the 2002 team share their thoughtsIn the Oklahoma women’s basketball program, the connections between Sooners past and present run deep. As this year’s squad readies for the Final Four in San Antonio, the city where the 2002 team made the program’s first Final Four appearance, The Oklahoman reached out to members from that squad and asked them a simple question. If you could say anything to this year’s team, what would it be? Here’s what those former Sooners had to say: Player, years lettered →La’Neishea Caufield-Daniels, 1999-2002 "Live in the moment. Breathe, live and enjoy this environment. There’s no feeling like it. You guys have done so awesome. Continue to play with the heart and spirit that you have played with in so many games. "I hope you will enjoy this experience as much as we did. A job well done, but not yet finished. Now, let’s bring that trophy home!” →Stacey Dales, 1998-2002 "This year’s Sooners have shown courage amidst adversity, passion throughout the fight and unbridled love for the one next to them. In the process, they have played with grittiness and intelligence, and most of all, they have played for fun. Coach Coale’s ultimate desire ... is to have a team in which you don’t know where one stops and the other begins. This statement couldn’t be more true of the OU women this season. "With all of this in mind, I couldn’t possibly offer any advice to these unique young women. They’ve got it taken care of completely on their own just as they’ve done all season. My only role is to jump on board for the ride, share in the journey with unrelenting pride, and send the gals my love, appreciation, and support. I am so grateful to be a Sooner.” →Dionnah Jackson, 2002-2005 "This set of girls, especially these seniors, plays with such passion and pride. I am really impressed. These seniors have taken control and are leaving it all on the floor. "I can’t say enough how proud I am to be associated with this program. Proud to wear the crimson and cream.” →Stephanie Luce, 2001-2003 "When you look back at the Final Four, you will remember your teammates, the locker room, the gym and the games just like any other tournament. Enjoy the atmosphere, but always be mindful of what you came to San Antonio to do — play basketball. We are all rooting for you.” →Lauren Shoush, 2002-2005 "Take in every single second of this experience. Some day in the future, you will all be sitting around talking about this extraordinary season. Take a deep breath and enjoy the ride.” →Stephanie Simon, 2001-2003 "The parallels between this team and our 2002 are a bit uncanny. Both of us had a bit of the underdog chip on the shoulder. Both had good senior leadership. Both had an incredible point guard. But mostly, they truly care about each other, the OU women’s basketball program and doing something special with their short time together.” →Jamie Talbert Wyrick, 2001-2002 "The Final Four will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. It’s a bit overwhelming, but try and take it all in. "You guys already have so much to be proud of. Obviously, your record and the goals you’ve achieved this season are amazing, but you carry yourselves so well off the court and you’ve truly embraced what it means to be a part of OU women’s basketball.”
No. 3 OKLAHOMA VS. NO. 1 STANFORD→When: 6 p.m. Sunday →Where: Alamodome, San Antonio →TV: ESPN (Cox 29) →Radio: KOKC-AM 1520 →Tickets: All-session tickets are $175 for lower level, $100 for upper-level sideline and $75 for upper-level end zone, available at www.TicketMaster.com or (877) 622-2849.