10,343 attend OU’s rout of PittDespite more than 9,500 tickets being sold in advance, the crowd Sunday was only slightly higher than the regional semifinals last year at the Ford Center. The official attendance: 10,343. The Sweet 16 games at Oklahoma City’s regional a year ago drew 10,032, and that was without a local team. A much bigger crowd was anticipated with Oklahoma in the mix but was perhaps affected by the 9 p.m. start for the Sooners. The regional still has a chance to break the single-session record for an NCAA women’s basketball regional. The record of 16,182 was set in 2003 in Albuquerque, N.M.
UNEXPECTED RUN ENDSAs the No. 7 seed, Rutgers wasn’t even supposed to make it this far. But it was the Scarlet Knights’ strength — defense — that let them down Sunday night. Purdue shot 52.9 percent from the field, only the second team to make more than half its shots against Rutgers this season. And Rutgers fell to 2-11 when allowing 60 points or more. "I don’t think we could have done anything differently in terms of man-to-man defense, but credit to Purdue. They did a great job,” Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said. "We’re pleased that we were able to get here but unhappy because we know we could have done some things differently.”
JODI ON HER BIKEAnytime she wasn’t in the game, Purdue guard Jodi Howell could be seen riding a stationary bike. The junior from Alexandria, Ind., has had surgery on both knees during the last eight years and stays on the bike to keep the knees loose. Howell hit three of four 3-point tries and finished with 15 points Sunday night, her most since scoring 17 on Jan. 15 against Penn State.
FAMILIAR VOICEIf Oklahoma fans noticed a Bedlam feel during Sunday night’s regional semifinal against Pitt, it was coming from the sound system. Larry Reece, who is the public address announcer for Oklahoma State football and basketball, is calling all three regional games at the Ford Center. BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JENNI CARLSON