Overtime queensOklahoma now is 4-0 in overtime games this season. The Sooners also beat Arkansas, Marist and Baylor in overtime. "We were very confident in overtime,” said OU’s Abi Olajuwon. "In our minds, if we’re going into overtime, you’re not going to beat us. If we’ve fought that hard for 40 minutes and you were fortunate enough to have as many points as us, we’re going to beat you.”
JUMPING JACK CRASHWith the score tied at 70 in the final minute of overtime, OU point guard Danielle Robinson lofted an alley-oop pass that seemed headed out of bounds. But Nyeshia Stevenson soared high to grab the ball, pogo-sticked back up and drew a foul. She sank both free throws. "It wasn’t the best pass,” Robinson said. "But I knew she was going to go up and get it. Her vertical’s crazy, and she made a play. At this point in the year, you’ve got to get every loose ball, every pass. I couldn’t be more proud of Nyeshia. She wanted it at the end.”
ALL THAT JASOU sophomore Jasmine Hartman hadn’t made a 3-pointer in her previous five games but nailed two against Notre Dame. "I was really upset that they were backing off of me, thinking that I wasn’t a shooter,” Hartman said. "Which is true. I like to pass the ball.” Hartman had the assist on Stevenson’s game-deciding 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left. She also played stellar defense on Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins, who had 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting. "The thing Jas did all night was guard Skylar Diggins, honestly,” said OU coach Sherri Coale. "The 2-for-3 from the 3-point line was gravy.”
FOULS TO GIVEAfter Notre Dame tied the game 66-66, OU didn’t get off a shot in the final 33 seconds of regulation. The Irish had three fouls to give before putting the Sooners on the free-throw line, and Notre Dame used two of them before Melissa Lechlitner tied up Robinson in the final second. Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw "did a great job of strategizing the final seconds there,” Coale said.
ROBINSON OFFRobinson didn’t play her A game. She had six turnovers to go with seven assists. The Sooners committed 17 turnovers total, and "that’s something we struggled with last game,” Robinson said, "and we knew coming in that every possession was so crucial. I know down the stretch I turned it over twice in a row, but ... we made up for it.”
QUOTEBOARD→OU’s Amanda Thompson: "To me, rebounds win championships. When we have second chances, we get buckets. Tonight, that’s exactly what happened. We crashed. When we come up with those loose balls, that’s when you know we have the upper hand in the game.” →Notre Dame’s Lindsay Schrader, on Stevenson’s game-winner: "I got over there as fast as I could, and she let it fly. She was hitting them all game. I should have been more conscious of where she was.” →Coale: "I could not be more proud of these kids. Just a relentless, gutsy effort, the way we’ve won a bunch of games this year.” →McGraw, on comparing the November Sooner-Irish game: "I thought Olajuwon played a lot better. Stevenson made more shots. Otherwise, I thought we did a pretty good job on Robinson.”