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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

/articleid/3778162/1/pictures/1998098">Photo - Aaryn Ellenberg practices as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) women's college basketball prepares for the NCAA tournament at The Lloyd Noble Center on Wednesday, March 27, 2013  in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Aaryn Ellenberg practices as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) women's college basketball prepares for the NCAA tournament at The Lloyd Noble Center on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

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.

BAYLOR

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.

LOUISVILLE

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.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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