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Sooner women on fast track to St. Louis

by Jenni Carlson Modified: March 30, 2009 at 5:28 pm •  Published: March 30, 2009

The Boilermakers are playing well. Any team that makes it to the Elite Eight has to be. But with apologies to the Boilers, they aren’t better than the team that the Sooners slaughtered Sunday.

Pitt brought a good squad to Oklahoma City. This was a team that went into the final game of the regular season with a chance to finish second in the Big East.

How impressive is that?

That league has three of the Elite Eight teams.

Yet, Pitt didn’t stand a chance against OU.

Purdue doesn’t either.

"We just have a lot of confidence right now,” Purdue coach Sharon Versyp said. "We talked about that mental toughness early on, and now, we have it.”

The Boilermakers will need it in abundance Tuesday night.

Even then, it’s difficult to see the Sooners being denied. On the doorstep of the Final Four. On home soil. In the final days of the Paris Era.

The fairy tale is too good to go without a proper ending.

At least that’s sure how it felt Sunday night.

"The Sweet 16 has been a bit of a brick wall for us,” Sooner coach Sherri Coale said, "but brick walls are there for a reason.

"It shows you how badly you want something.”

The Sooners want this badly enough that they didn’t just find a way around the brick wall. They busted the darn thing down.

Nothing could hold them back Sunday.

Nothing will Tuesday, either.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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