An estimated 2,500 Nebraska fans and at least 1,000 Oklahoma fans are expected to be at the Sprint Center tonight. Could the Big Reds collude and create a homecourt advantage for each other?
"I thought Nebraska fans were phenomenal,” OU coach Sherri Coale said. "What we’re hoping for is a little Big 12 love in the arena, and we’ll figure it out on Tuesday if we’re fortunate enough (to both win) tomorrow night.” OU ranked sixth nationally in average home attendance, 7,945. Nebraska ranked eighth with 7,390.
Seniors showdownNotre Dame starts four seniors. OU starts three seniors. But Coale said young players are as likely to determine tonight’s game. Neither point guard is a senior (Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins is a freshman, OU’s Danielle Robinson is a junior). "I’ve seen seniors try too hard and press and get in their own way,” Coale said. "And then I’ve seen seniors so hungry they become super human. So I think it can be an either/or or maybe a combination. I always think underclassmen play a key role down the stretch.”
Suit her upDuring practice Saturday at the Sprint Center, OU’s Nyeshia Stevenson launched 30-footers from the Big 12 logo. She kept barely missing. Teammate Whitney Hand, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in November, grabbed a ball and with her first shot — and landing on her good leg — swish.
Familiar faceFormer OU All-American Stacey Dales will be the analyst tonight for Westwood One Radio’s national broadcast.
Irish standardUnder 23-year coach Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame has appeared in 17 NCAA Tournaments, including a streak of 15 straight.