OU senior All-American point guard Danielle Robinson played only 26 minutes in Sunday's win over James Madison because of foul trouble. She picked up her fourth foul with 9:23 left.
"She probably said, 'I can't give her a layup,'" said OU coach Sherri Coale. "She sat down on the bench and I said, 'Think about it for a minute. It's two points for them or you're on the bench. Are you kidding me?' She took three seconds and said, 'You're right.' She's just so competitive... She has to stay in the game. Period."
OU HAS EXPERIENCE EDGE
The Sooners have been to 12 consecutive NCAA Tournaments under Coale, winning 24 NCAA games. Miami's win Sunday was the Hurricanes' first NCAA Tournament win in 18 years.
"That's an advantage Oklahoma. They've have kids who have been to the Final Four," said Miami coach Katie Meier. "We were in the WNIT championship last year but that doesn't match up to the Final Four.
"But right now it's two teams. What are your strengths? What are you weaknesses? It's one game. Period. I can get my team very focused."
ELLENBERG KEEPS FIRING
OU freshman guard Aaryn Ellenberg, who set the single season school record for 3-pointers Sunday, shrugged when asked how she's played relaxed all season.
"I'm going to shoot if I'm open so I'm not worried if they're going to fall or not," Ellenberg said. "Eventually, I won't miss anymore."
Coale said: "It was her first NCAA Tournament game ever. Fire, fire, fire (up shots)... Some freshmen hide. They don't want the ball. They don't want to shoot. It's easy to coach someone who is confident, they're not afraid."
The Hurricanes view tonight's game as an opportunity to make a statement against an elite program that's played in the past two Final Fours.
"This is really fun for me," Meier said. "Sherri Coale is a great coach. That's a great program. And we get to play them. It isn't anything I'm intimidated by or nervous about. I'm just thrilled and excited. We'll see what we're made of."
Robinson (2,104 career points) is 21 points shy of LaNeisha Caufield, who ranks fourth in school history... McDonald's All American Betnijah Laney, a 6-foot-1 forward who was the Delaware Player of the Year, attended Sunday's game. Laney, who averaged 23.7 points and 10.0 rebounds at Smyrna, has narrowed her choice to OU and Duke... The Sooners are 2-5 all-time when playing a higher seed in the NCAA Tournament.