STEVENSON HOBBLEDSooner guard Nyeshia Stevenson had her knee lock up on the way to the locker room at halftime. OU coach Sherri Coale said it is something that happens to the senior from time to time. Stevenson hobbled around a bit but still played much of the second half.
GAME BALL FOR THE FANSOn Monday, Coale promised a game ball to Sooner fans if the Lloyd Noble Center was fuller Tuesday than it was for Sunday’s first-round games. On Tuesday, she gave the fans that game ball. Sort of. The crowd was larger — 6,305 was the announced attendance — but still not close to a sellout. "The ones who were here were outstanding,” Coale said. "The ones who came out tried to make up for the ones who didn’t.”
ROBINSON FINALIST FOR WADEDanielle Robinson has been selected as one of the finalists for the Wade Trophy, given to the top player in women’s college basketball. The Sooner point guard is among 12 finalists for the award, which debuted in 1978 as women’s college basketball’s first national player of the year award. The winner will be announced during the Women’s Final Four in San Antonio. The other finalists are: Jayne Appel, Stanford; Tina Charles, Connecticut; Alysha Clark, Middle Tennessee; Kelsey Griffin, Nebraska; Jantel Lavender, Ohio State; Maya Moore, Connecticut; Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford; Samantha Prahalis, Ohio State; Jasmine Thomas, Duke; Courtney Vandersloot, Gonzaga; Monica Wright, Virginia.
SEEING STARSArkansas-Little Rock forward Chastity Reed took a kick to the back of the head late in the second half. She tipped a loose ball and fell to the court. In the scrum for the ball, Sooner forward Amanda Thompson tried to step over Reed, but her foot caught the back of her head. Reed stayed on the floor, holding her head for several minutes. "I’m still seeing stars,” she said after the game.
FORMER SOONERS OUT EN MASSEMore than half a dozen former OU players were spotted in the Lloyd Noble Center crowd Tuesday night. Among the past players: Courtney Paris, Chelsi Welch, Jamie Talbert and Stephanie Simon.