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Norman sub-regional notebook: Nyeshia Stevenson could have been a Trojan

BY JENNI CARLSON, STAFF WRITER, JCARLSON@OPUBCO.COM Modified: March 23, 2010 at 4:40 am •  Published: March 23, 2010
Arkansas-Little Rock women’s basketball coach Joe Foley did his darnedest to convince Little Rock native Nyeshia Stevenson to stay home and play for his Trojans.

She instead chose Oklahoma where she is the Sooners’ second-leading scoring heading into tonight’s second-round NCAA Tournament game against UALR.

A few weeks ago, Foley saw Stevenson’s mother, Yvonne, at a game. They hugged and exchanged pleasantries.

"Coach, y’all are doing great,” she said.

"We’d be doin’ a lot dang better if your daughter was playing,” he said.

Even though Nyeshia plays for OU, Yvonne not only keeps up with UALR but also goes to UALR games every now and again.

"It’s right across the street from my house,” Nyeshia Stevenson said. "She feels like she can be a fan when she can’t come see me.”

Sooner center Abi Olajuwon had one of her best outings of the past month on Sunday night, scoring 15 points and hitting 6 of 10 shots.

"It was nice to know that when I turned around to the basket, 6-8 or 6-9 or 6-7 wasn’t going to come block my shot,” she said referring to the height of some of the centers in the Big 12. "That always helps trying to finish.”

UALR has no one as tall as the 6-foot-4 Olajuwon.

"She’s a strong kid,” Foley said, "but no more than the kid from Georgia Tech.”

Yellow Jacket center Sasha Goodlett managed only eight points against the Trojans.

"I thought we did a good job inside (Sunday) night,” Foley said.


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