By Berry Tramel, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com Published: April 2, 2010

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metimes, Coale needs a twinkle. Sometimes, she wants a player to see beyond reality.

"I always tell my point guards (to) arrive at the gym with their teammates’ best performance in their eyes,” Coale said. "This is a team that player for player does that.

"Danielle (Robinson) shows up seeing Amanda’s best game in her eyes, but I think Abi shows up seeing (Nyeshia Stevenson’s) best game in her eyes, and it’s just passed along one to the other, and I think that’s something special that keeps us playing.”

Robinson, the point guard, accepts the responsibility of always bringing the proper look to the court.

"It does start with a look,” Robinson said. Coale "always talks with me about my demeanor, my body language, and if that’s positive and inspiring, you already know when you step onto the bus that it’s going to be a great night for the team.”

The Sooners haven’t always had that look and haven’t always won when they have had that look. But OU is 27-10 and has won seven of its last eight games, all against NCAA Tournament teams. Down the stretch, that look has been predominant.

"You always have to think about the best possible scenario,” Robinson said. "Of course, you’re not going to get some calls. Of course, you’re not going to get every shot. But you’ve got to be positive at all times.

"If you show just that little simple negative gesture or negative look, it feels like it takes the soul out of everyone. And then you have to rebuild it, and that’s when you lose possessions.”


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