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OU women's notebook: Dayton weather drastically different

BY MIKE BALDWIN Staff Writer mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: March 25, 2011 at 8:02 pm •  Published: March 25, 2011

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.

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