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


th had their bad moments — Robinson was in foul trouble much of the game and committed six turnovers while Diggins committed four.

Both have improved since that late November game.

For Diggins, the development came with experience. That game against OU was only her sixth as a collegian.

"You can just tell that her confidence level is so much greater now, especially on the defensive end,” Robinson said.

McGraw said, "She sets the tone for our defense. She does so many little things, intangible things. She’s got the intensity, the drive, the focus, the sense of urgency that you would think only your seniors might have.”

Robinson has matured, too. That game against Notre Dame was OU’s first without Whitney Hand, who suffered a season-ending knee injury a day earlier. The Sooners were reeling, trying to find their footing without their leading scorer.

No one was more out of sorts than Robinson.

She attributes her foul trouble, for example, to her head being somewhere else.

"Just dumb decisions,” Robinson said of her fouls. "I mean, one of the fouls I got I ran over (Notre Dame guard Lindsay) Schrader trying to get through a screen.

"Since that game, I’ve made a ton of adjustments.”

Robinson and Diggins have grown since that earlier game. So, too, has their impact on their teams.

McGraw said, "It’s a lot of excitement every time they get the ball.”