oints per game, thanks in part to a sweet mid-range jumper.
But even though she’s had to take on more of a scoring role, Thompson hasn’t stopped rebounding.
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.”