Four years ago, Oklahoma lost 90-82 to Mississippi in a Sweet 16 game in Dayton when the city experienced a record heat wave. With no air conditioning, University of Dayton Arena turned into a sauna.
This time, Dayton has snow flurries.
"I remember ESPN had a thermometer courtside and when I watched the replay how many times they referenced that," coach Sherri Coale said. "We had the Paris twins. Ole Miss was pressing every moment of the game. It was the worst possible collection of factors for the type of team we had."
None of OU's current players were with the program in 2007 but have heard the tale.
"She tells the story before the first (TV) timeout she had her jacket off, her blouse untucked. She was dripping wet," said guard Whitney Hand. "We're very happy it's snowing right now."
EXPECT ANOTHER SHOOT-OUT?
Notre Dame and OU are among the nation's top scoring offenses. Both teams like to run.
"I don't think we'll need shot clocks, so just give that guy a break tomorrow," said Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw. "It's going to be an up-tempo game. Both teams want to score quickly."
It could be another high scoring game similar to OU's 88-83 second-round NCAA win over Miami, but Coale stressed Notre Dame is different. The Irish's transition game is more two-on-one and three-on two fast breaks. The Hurricanes tried to beat you down court one-on-one.
"Notre Dame is extremely disciplined," Coale said. "I see (up-tempo) styles actually being more of a cancellation and this could turn into a half-court game ... One thing that really concerns me is they all have high basketball IQs and play (well) without the ball in their hands. That makes them really dangerous."
HAND IS ON FIRE
Hand scored a career-high 27 points against Miami after matching her previous career high (24 points) in a first-round NCAA Tournament win over James Madison.
"I feel our team is playing in a way you get shots in rhythm," Hand said. "It's been nice to be a shooter in our system. We're clicking in all areas. Because of that I'm playing well right now."
IRISH'S MULTITALENTED POINT GUARD
Notre Dame sophomore point guard Skylar Diggins' father was a disc jockey. When she was in middle school she began experimenting with the equipment and eventually became a DJ herself, playing school parties, birthdays and weddings.
"My teammates know I'm a music head," Diggins said. "(I) do a little singing, too. I don't do it as much now because I don't have as much free time."
OU senior forward Carlee Roethlisberger is from Findlay, Ohio, approximately 105 miles north of Dayton. ... Diggins, who was considering both OU and Notre Dame, attended the 2007 NCAA matchup in West Lafayette, Ind., a game the Irish won.