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.
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