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OU women’s basketball notebook: Sooners thrive with nation's toughest schedule

BY BERRY TRAMEL Modified: April 3, 2010 at 9:48 am •  Published: April 3, 2010

Sooners thrive with schedule
The Sooners played the nation’s toughest schedule. Of OU’s 37 games, 24 have come against teams that made the NCAA Tournament.

The Sooners went 2-2 against teams in this Final Four (2-1 vs. Baylor, 0-1 vs. Connecticut). The Sooners went 10-9 against teams that reached the second round of the NCAAs and 5-7 against teams that reached the Sweet 16.

"I think it makes you tough,” OU coach Sherri Coale said of the schedule. "I think it makes you physically and mentally tough. We have had to play every possession all year long. We haven’t been good enough to take any off. We just can’t win if we do that. These guys have figured out how to concentrate more on the possession than the scoreboard.”

Assist totals up
OU had 21 assists against Notre Dame and 15 against Kentucky, its fourth-best total this season in back-to-back games. The Sooners had 43 assists total against Cal State-Fullerton and Tennessee, 38 against Texas-Arlington and Notre Dame, and 38 against South Carolina and San Diego State.

"I think rhythmic offense is often a result of trust,” Coale said, "and the more you play together and the more you buy into one another, the higher your level of trust, and thus the improved performance.

"You can ask our guys, when I come in the locker room after a game, that’s one of the first things I point to, that’s what I talk about at halftime.

"I do think our rhythm is good. I think we’re sharing it, and I think that begins with (point guard) Danielle Robinson.”

On the ropes
If not for a wild finish in the Sacramento Regional final, OU would be playing Cinderella Xavier instead of 35-1 Stanford. With the game tied, the Musketeers’ Dee Dee Jernigan missed two point-blank, wide-open layups in the final seconds.


→When: 6 p.m. Sunday

→Where: Alamodome, San Antonio

→TV: ESPN (Cox 29)

→Radio: KOKC-AM 1520

→Tickets: All-session tickets are $175 for lower level, $100 for upper-level sideline and $75 for upper-level end zone, available at or (877) 622-2849.


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