“Growing up they were the only team I ever got to see on TV, so as a junior high and high school student that was the Mecca of college basketball,” Coale said. “Holly has done a fantastic job with them this year and we're honored to be playing them.”
“It's very, very exciting to be going home,” Joanna McFarland said. “I think we'd be just as excited if we were playing them in Tennessee with the history and the legacy of Tennessee.”
SOONERS OVERCOME SIZE DISADVANTAGE
Even with the 6-foot-3 McFarland in the lineup, Oklahoma didn't have the overall size advantage particularly at guard compared to UCLA.
Although the Bruins won the rebounding battle 50-37 overall, they grabbed just three more defensive rebounds than the Sooners because of another memorable effort from McFarland. After grabbing a career-high 17 rebounds in a 78-73 win over Central Michigan on Saturday, she had 16 on Monday.
“They did focus on (rebounding) even though the numbers were still a little silly,” Coale said. “I thought we battled better on the boards than we did at our place.”