OU 69, Georgia Tech 50: Guards lead way for Sooners

By Jenni Carlson Modified: March 25, 2009 at 7:53 am •  Published: March 25, 2009
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Coming out of a late timeout, Danielle Robinson and Whitney Hand locked eyes.

Then, the Oklahoma guards slapped hands.

"Let’s go!” Robinson hollered.

Turns out, the Sooners went where Robinson and Hand took them Tuesday night — a 69-50 victory over Georgia Tech and a spot in the Sweet 16.

Next destination: Oklahoma City.

"Those guys have the ability to really step up and change things,” Sooner star Courtney Paris said. "I have so much confidence in my team, and why wouldn’t I with those pieces we have?”

Robinson scored a game-high 17 points, while Hand added 15 points.

Not bad for a sophomore and a freshman.

Robinson’s stat line — 5-of-5 from the field, 7-of-7 from the line, seven assists, four turnovers, two steals.

Robinson’s performance — flawless.

"That’s ridiculous,” Hand said of Robinson’s shooting perfection. "Danielle is, to me, one of the best point guards in the country.”

Hard to argue after Tuesday’s game. Against an athletic, aggressive Georgia Tech team, Robinson was the one forcing the issue. On offense, she drove to the basket and penetrated the defense.

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