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Amanda Thompson is Sooners' 'go-getter'

By Jake Trotter Published: April 3, 2010
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/articleid/3451142/1/pictures/900382">Photo - Oklahoma’s Amanda Thompson, right, pulls down a rebound in front of Notre Dame’s Erica Williamson during a Kansas City Regional semifinal game on March 28. Thompson had 14 rebounds in the game. AP Photo
Oklahoma’s Amanda Thompson, right, pulls down a rebound in front of Notre Dame’s Erica Williamson during a Kansas City Regional semifinal game on March 28. Thompson had 14 rebounds in the game. AP Photo

Thompson is averaging 10.6 rebounds a game, and she has elevated that average during the tournament.

In OU’s overtime win over Notre Dame, Thompson pulled down 11 rebounds, then followed that up with a 14-rebound performance in a victory over Kentucky that sent the Sooners to the Final Four in San Antonio.

Of those 25 rebounds, seven were offensive, leading to several second-chance baskets for the Sooners.

"It’s all anticipation and reading where the ball’s going to come off. You can see where the ball is going once it’s shot,” Thompson explained. "But sometimes, you just outhustle the person that’s going for it. A lot of times, that’s what I do.”

Thompson’s hustle helped carry OU to the Final Four. And could help propel the Sooners beyond that.

"It’s just about how much you want it,” Thompson said. "You can be slow or quick — I’m one of the slowest — but I’m going to go get that ball.

"It’s about having the will to go get it.”


FINAL FOUR

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.

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