Battle of the guards: OU's Danielle Robinson, Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins will be key players in Sweet 16 game

BY JENNI CARLSON, STAFF WRITER, JCARLSON@OPUBCO.COM Published: March 28, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Danielle Robinson had her eye on Skylar Diggins earlier this week.

In the hours before Robinson and her Oklahoma teammates played in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the Sooner standout stole glimpses every now and again at what Diggins and her Notre Dame teammates were doing in their game.

Diggins reciprocated the sneak-a-peek later that night.

Tonight at the Sprint Center, neither Robinson nor Diggins will have to work very hard to see each other.

Stopping each other?

That’s a whole different story.

Robinson and Diggins will be front and center when their teams face off in the Sweet 16. They are among the best guards in the country. They are leaders for their teams. They are game changers.

"It’s going to be an exciting game when you have two guards like Danielle Robinson and Skylar Diggins on the same floor,” Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. "I think the fans are going to be on the edge of their seats.”

Robinson is a seasoned junior who is whip quick. She can get to the basket as fast as anyone in women’s college basketball.

Diggins is a freshman phenom who is leading a senior-laden squad. She scored 31 points in Notre Dame’s second-round victory.

"Danielle, she’s a great point guard,” Diggins said. "She poses a problem for a lot of defenders.”

Robinson said, "Skylar is a great player, and she’s done some great things at Notre Dame so far as a freshman.”

Robinson and Diggins also have first-hand knowledge of the other. They faced off earlier this season when Notre Dame defeated OU 81-71 in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.

Both had their good moments — Robinson scored a game-high 26 points while Diggins scored a team-high 16 points.

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