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 helpLeah 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.”
Paris honored againOU’s Courtney Paris made the John Wooden All-American team for the fourth straight season. She was joined on the squad by Angel McCoughtry of Louisville, which plays the Sooners at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Final Four. Also on the squad were Maryland’s Kristi Tolliver and Connecticut’s Maya Moore and Renee Montgomery.
Title townOU sophomore Carlee Roethlisberger is from Findlay, Ohio. Findlay University won the NCAA Division II men’s basketball title last weekend. The Oilers are coached by Ron Niekamp, whose daughter is Roethlisberger’s best friend.
Bon voyageThe Sooners left Lloyd Noble Center for St. Louis at 2 p.m. Thursday. A crowd of about 50 gathered for a sendoff. "We’ll do our best to bring you a national championship,” Coale said. By Berry Tramel