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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

Then Stanford’s Jeanette Pohlen dribbled nearly the length of the court in 4.4 seconds to sink a game-winning layup at the buzzer. Stanford won 55-53.

Even Stanford coach Tara Vanderveer felt bad for Xavier and said, "I know a lot of people felt bad for Xavier, because they really had us on the ropes. But somehow we wiggled out. I think that sometimes you’re lucky. We’re very fortunate to survive that game. I do think it has given us really a second life.”

Double-digit losses
These Sooners match 1997 Tennessee for the worst record, 27-10, of any Final Four team. Those Volunteers also were a No. 3 seed. And won the NCAA championship.

→Stanford coach Tara Vanderveer: "The Big 12 should be really commended and complimented on their commitment to women’s basketball. You don’t have two teams in the Final Four or that many teams doing so well or even that many teams invited unless you have a great commitment. I think it starts probably at the conference level but also at the individual university level. Seems to me that Big 12 teams value women’s basketball. You have crowds. You do TV. You do promotion. I think the high salaries of coaches are probably the averages in the Big 12.”

→OU’s Abi Olajuwon: "It’s one of those things, every (OU) teammate legitimately doesn’t want it to end. When everybody’s on the same page, everyone trusts everyone on the bench to go in and do the job. Doesn’t matter if we’re down 12 or up 14.”

→OU’s Amanda Thompson on her fellow seniors: "We’re trying to make it to the end, to the very end. We’ve worked a lot over the past couple years just developing our game altogether, and I think it would mean the world to us and our teammates if we make it to the last game. It would just be fun. You work so hard all year to be at this point, and it’s always nice to go out with a bang.”


→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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