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NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament: A look at the teams in the Oklahoma City regional

Baylor, Louisville, Oklahoma and Tennessee will all convene Sunday in the Sweet 16 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Here's a closer look at each team.
by Jason Kersey Modified: March 29, 2013 at 10:27 pm •  Published: March 29, 2013

Coach: Sherri Coale (17th season, 381-178 record)

NCAA Tournament history: 16th appearance, including 14 straight. OU advanced to the Final Four in 2002, 2009 and 2010.

Last NCAA game: Beat UCLA, 85-72 Monday in a second-round matchup.

Best NCAA run: 2002; OU finished as runner-up, losing 82-70 to Connecticut in the championship game.

Location: Norman

Enrollment: 25,830

Best all-time player: Courtney Paris; over her prolific career from 2005-09, she broke every program scoring and rebounding record.

Best non-basketball alum: Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams quarterback. Won the 2008 Heisman Trophy.

History vs. UT: OU is 1-4 all-time against the Volunteers, with the lone win coming Feb. 2, 2009 in Oklahoma City.


Record: 34-1 overall, 18-0 Big 12

Seed: 1

Conference: Big 12

League finish: First

NCAA berth: Automatic; conference tournament champion

RPI rank: 1

Star player: Brittney Griner; the senior will leave behind a legacy as arguably the greatest women's basketball player ever. She holds career averages of 22.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.1 blocks.

Coach: Kim Mulkey (13th season, 372-80 record)

NCAA Tournament history: 12th appearance, including 10 straight. Won championships in 2005 and 2012.

Last NCAA game: Beat Florida State, 85-47 Tuesday in a second-round matchup.

Best NCAA run: Dominated the entire 2011-12 season, finishing a perfect 40-0 and winning the national championship in an 80-61 rout over Notre Dame.

Location: Waco, Texas

Enrollment: 14,448

Best all-time player: Suzie Snider Eppers holds Baylor career records for points scored (3,861) and rebounds (2,176), compiled over her career from 1973-77. Official NCAA women's basketball records began with the 1981-82 season, though. Griner will clearly go down as the greatest player in program history.

Best non-basketball alum: Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins quarterback. Won the 2011 Heisman Trophy and was the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

History vs. Louisville: Baylor is 0-1 all-time against the Cardinals, losing 56-39 in a 2009 Sweet 16 game.


Record: 26-8 overall, 11-5 Big East

Seed: 5

Conference: Big East

League finish: Tie for third

NCAA berth: At large; lost to Notre Dame in the Big East Tournament semifinals

RPI rank: 22

Star player: Shoni Schimmel; the junior guard averages 13.9 points per game and is a two-time first-team All-Big East selection.

Coach: Jeff Walz (sixth season, 143-64 record)

NCAA Tournament history: 14th appearance, with the last coming in 2011.

Last NCAA game: Beat Purdue, 76-63 Tuesday in a second-round matchup.

Best NCAA run: Louisville reached its only Final Four in 2009, when it beat Oklahoma in a national semifinal and lost to Connecticut in the championship game.

Location: Louisville, Ky.

Enrollment: 22,293

Best all-time player: Angel McCoughtry; played from 2005-09 and holds program career scoring and rebounding records. Led the Cardinals to its lone Final Four appearance as a senior.

Best non-basketball alum: Johnny Unitas, Pro Football Hall of Famer and one of the quarterbacks in NFL history.

History vs. Baylor: Louisville is 1-0 all-time against Baylor, winning 56-39 in the 2009 Sweet 16 on its way to a national runner-up finish.