Oklahoma women's basketball notebook: There'll be plenty of Big Red fans in Kansas City on Sunday

BY JENNI CARLSON AND BERRY TRAMEL, STAFF WRITERS, JCARLSON@OPUBCO.COM AND BTRAMEL@OPUBCO.COM Published: March 28, 2010

Th
e Irish has made the Sweet 16 eight times in the last 14 years and reached two Final Fours. Notre Dame won the NCAA title in 2001.

"Your program develops an attitude of winning, and no matter who you have in the program, somebody is going to pick up that attitude,” McGraw said.

McGraw said the same thing appears to be happening at OU, which rebuilt this season without the Paris sisters, then retooled after the injury to Hand.

"What a fantastic year,” McGraw said. "They have had just a sensational season.”

Big 12 pride
Baylor’s upset of top-seeded Tennessee on Saturday set off a wave of Big 12 pride.

"The Big 12 is the best league in the country, top to bottom with depth,” said Nebraska coach Connie Yori. "Baylor lost to Missouri this year. Missouri finished 12th in our league. That’s just the nature of our league.”

Quoteboard
→Notre Dame’s Ashley Barlow, on OU’s Amanda Thompson: "She’s a matchup problem for lots of people, because she’s just so big and so athletic. Boxing her out would be a big key for us.”

→OU’s Thompson: "We’re trying to make it to the end, to the very end. It would mean the world to us if we make it to the last game. It would just be fun.”

→Notre Dame’s Becca Bruszewski, on OU’s Abi Olajuwon: "She’s definitely more comfortable going with either hand in the post. Before, it was easy ... just jump out to her left side. But she’s more versatile now.”

→Notre Dame’s McGraw: "Our bench has been outstanding throughout the Big East and the first two (NCAA) rounds. They’ve actually been leading us in scoring on a couple of occasions, which is great to see.”


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