Oklahoma City Women's Regional: Taber Spani returns to Oklahoma City

When Tennessee landed at the Oklahoma City airport last week, lots of great memories came flooding back for senior Taber Spani.
by Jason Kersey Published: April 1, 2013
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photo - Tennessee's Taber Spani speaks during media day for the NCAA Women's Basketball regional final game at the Chesapeake Arena on Monday, April 1, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Tennessee's Taber Spani speaks during media day for the NCAA Women's Basketball regional final game at the Chesapeake Arena on Monday, April 1, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

VOLS HOPE TO LIMIT 3-POINT SHOOTING

Louisville rode its blistering 3-point shooting — 16 of 25 from beyond the arc — to an 82-81 upset of Baylor in Sunday's regional semifinal.

“We're going to defend personnel, try to limit touches,” said Tennessee coach Holly Warlick. “We're going to defend by committee. We've done that all year. We're going to take a lot of pride in one-on-one defense.”

In the Volunteers' last two games, they've played prolific 3-point shooting teams and limited them well.

Oklahoma is the nation's 10th-ranked team in 3-point percentage; against Tennessee, the Sooners were 5 of 29.

In the Volunteers' second-round game, they faced Creighton, another team known for its strong 3-point shooting. The Bluejays hit only 4 of 22 shots from beyond the arc against Tennessee.

“We're well aware of their strengths, and obviously we're going to try to take them away,” Warlick said.

BIG EAST TOURNEY LOSS WAS TURNING POINT

Louisville senior Monique Reid said her team's 83-59 loss to Notre Dame in the Big East Tournament semifinals was a turning point in its season.

“We just got together as a team and practiced hard,” Reid said. “I mean, that's what we just started to believe in each other.”

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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