NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament: A look at the teams in the Oklahoma City regional

Baylor, Louisville, Oklahoma and Tennessee will all convene Sunday in the Sweet 16 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Here's a closer look at each team.
by Jason Kersey Modified: March 29, 2013 at 10:27 pm •  Published: March 29, 2013

Baylor, Louisville, Oklahoma and Tennessee will convene at Chesapeake Energy Arena this weekend for an NCAA women's basketball regional, beginning with Sunday's Sweet 16 games.

The winner of Tuesday's regional final will advance to the Final Four in New Orleans.

Here's a closer look at each of the four programs that will play this weekend in Oklahoma City:

TENNESSEE

Record: 26-7 overall, 14-2 SEC

Seed: 2

Conference: Southeastern

League finish: First

NCAA berth: At-large; lost to Texas A&M in SEC Tournament final

RPI rank: 7

Star player: Meighan Simmons; the junior guard averages 17.3 points per game and was an SEC Co-Player of the Year. Her brother, Ryan, is a sophomore linebacker at Oklahoma State.

Coach: Holly Warlick (First season, 26-7 record; Warlick took over for the legendary Pat Summitt, now Head Coach Emeritus)

NCAA Tournament history: Tennessee is the only women's basketball program to appear in all 32 NCAA Tournaments. The Volunteers have also played in the most NCAA Tournament games (135), advanced to 18 Final Fours and won eight national championships.

Last NCAA game: Beat Creighton, 68-52 Monday in a second-round matchup.

Best NCAA run: Pick a title, any title. The most recent of Tennessee's eight titles — the most of any big-time women's basketball program in the nation — came in 2008, when it beat Stanford 64-48 in the title game.

Location: Knoxville, Tenn.

Enrollment: 27,379

Best all-time player: Chamique Holdsclaw; played from 1995-99 and holds the career program records for points (3,025) and rebounds (1,295). Part of three straight national-title teams from 1996-98, Holdsclaw is sixth in NCAA history in career points scored.

Best non-basketball alum: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos quarterback

History vs. OU: Tennessee is 4-1 all-time against the Sooners, winning the last meeting 96-75 on Jan. 3, 2010 in Knoxville.

OKLAHOMA

Record: 24-10 overall, 11-7 Big 12

Seed: 6

Conference: Big 12

League finish: Third

NCAA berth: At large; lost to Iowa State in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals

RPI rank: 30

Star player: Aaryn Ellenberg; the junior guard averages 18.9 points per game. She's OU's season and career record holder for 3-pointers made with 107 and 276, respectively.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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