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OU women’s notebook: Amanda Thompson improving

Oklahoman Published: April 3, 2009
OU junior Amanda Thompson, who has been bothered by a foot injury throughout the NCAA Tournament, practiced well Thursday and was "better than she’s been in awhile,” said coach Sherri Coale.

Thompson has played only 18 minutes total in OU’s four NCAA games, but 12 of those minutes came Tuesday night against Purdue. Thompson scored five points against the Boilermakers.

Thompson averaged 23.6 minutes a game before the injury, and Coale said she doesn’t know why Thompson couldn’t play that much in the Final Four.

But would Thompson return to the starting lineup? "Haven’t thought about it,” Coale said.

Workout help
Leah Rush and Chelsi Welch, whose Sooner careers ended as seniors in the 2007 Dayton Regional semifinals, practiced with OU on Wednesday.

"It’s fun,” said Rush, who just returned from playing in Spain. "These guys are like my little sisters or something.

"Going to the Final Four is not something I got to do, so it’s fun to be included.