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OU women’s basketball notebook: WNBA invites Amanda Thompson

By Berry Tramel, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com Published: April 2, 2010
OU senior Amanda Thompson is one of 14 players invited to the 2010 WNBA Draft, which will be held Thursday in Secaucus, N.J.

Oklahoma State point guard Andrea Riley also was among the 14 invited.

ESPN2 will televise the first round live at 2 p.m. April 8. SPNU and NBATV will televise the second and third rounds.

The other 12 invited to the draft are Connecticut’s Tina Charles and Kalana Greene, Stanford’s Jayne Appel, Virginia’s Monica Wright, Nebraska’s Kelsey Griffin, Middle Tennessee State’s Alysha Clark, LSU’s Allison Hightower, Iowa State’s Alison Lacey, Kansas’ Danielle McCray, Mississippi State’s Chanel Mokango, Florida State’s Jacinta Monroe and San Diego State’s Jene Morris.

Calling all Baylor fans
For the second straight week, OU will play the first game of a doubleheader in front of the fans of a fellow Big 12 school. The Sooners played Notre Dame in Kansas City, Mo., just before the Nebraska-Kentucky game. Sunday, OU plays Stanford just before the Baylor-Connecticut game.

Will Baylor fans pull for the Sooners?

"I don’t know, did Nebraska fans cheer for us” asked OU coach Sherri Coale. "I would hope Big 12 would cheer for Big 12.

"If it’s anything like in 2002 (at the Final Four) in the Alamodome, it’ll be so loud, it won’t matter who’s cheering for who.”

Crew: O’Brien, Burke
ESPN’s broadcasting crew for the Women’s Final Four telecast will include Dave O’Brien (play-by-play), Doris Burke (analyst) and Rebecca Lobo (sidelines).

Fine at the line
OU is shooting 74 percent on foul shots this season, but the Sooners are shooting 89.7 percent (52 of 59) from the line in NCAA Tournament games.

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