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.”
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