Courtney Paris looked over at her backcourt buddies as the final moments of the biggest victory of her career ticked away. "I’ve never been to an Elite Eight before,” the Oklahoma star proclaimed. Whitney Hand and Danielle Robinson looked at her skeptically. "You haven’t?” they asked. She hadn’t — until now. OU defeated Pittsburgh 70-59 on Sunday night to the delight of thousands of crimson-clad fans inside the Ford Center. The Sooners dominated the Panthers, jumping out early, then leading big throughout the second half. The Sooners are headed to the Elite Eight. And more. Mark it down — this team is going to the Final Four. These Sooners were always going to be tough to beat in Oklahoma City, but now, they are playing some darn good ball to boot. That’s a potent combination. That’s a Final Four formula. They showed it Sunday. The Sooners didn’t play a flawless game, starting with Paris. She admitted that she didn’t shoot it very well, and her 4-of-14 performance on the stat sheet backed that up. The double-double queen even flirted with a single-single, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds. But because of an electric performance by Hand and a steady night from Robinson and a return to form by Ashley Paris, the Sooners still ran away from the Panthers. "For us to come out and win like that,” Sooner guard Nyeshia Stevenson said, "if I was another team that had to come out and play us, I would be a little scared.” Purdue is the unfortunate victim standing in the way of this OU freight train bound for St. Louis. 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.