Dr. Tamara Rogers, left, talks with OU coach Sherri Coale after practice on Saturday. Rogers was the Sooners’ leading scorer during the 1989-90 season. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
It was something Rogers expected would happen.
"We knew when the ACLU and the other national groups started calling and we started protesting that nothing would happen,” she said. "We knew they wouldn’t be able to kill it.”
Rogers’ basketball career ended at Oklahoma after that season, but her life has blossomed since. She graduated from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio and resettled here eight years ago, establishing a thriving wellness and weight loss practice.
Despite moving from Oklahoma, she remains close to her teammates. Several Sooners of the past are sharing an Alamodome luxury suite tonight to watch the game against Stanford.
Rogers’ time following the Sooners has diminished after she gave birth to triplets a year ago.
But as she watched the Sooners overcome a huge early deficit in their dramatic Kansas City Regional championship victory over Kentucky last week, she was impressed with the grit and determination of her old team.
These Sooners are playing with the resolve that Rogers and her teammates showed to keep the program alive 20 years ago.
"There’s so much pride I have for this team,” Rogers said. "When you get to the tournament, anything can happen. And they are peaking at the right time – they are at the perfect point as far as momentum goes.
"They have been the underdogs all season and most people didn’t expect them to be here. They have the perfect opportunity, because sometimes it’s best when the pressure isn’t on you.”