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The Sooners are not just fighting for a national title; we're fighting for more time together. And, if I'm with my teammates in St. Louis in April, the hardware we take home will be secondary. My arms locked with my teammates under a shower of celebration and tears will be my one shining moment. It will be the first ever matchup between the two basketball teams.

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Following the game, Sherri Coale told her players to be excited about the win, but to turn their attention to Tuesday's game. Coale also reminded her players that its up to them to dictate the way they play and that sluggish strecthes often snowball if you choose to focus on the negative plays rather than on what you are doing at the moment. Here's more post-game reaction from two of tonight's key players apologies for the audio quality; it was a crowded locker room:.

I'll return later with locker room reaction and some more notes. OU 22, Prairie View 2. Tonight I would agree. Brad, we'll see you here at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Tuesday. I promise not to write notes like that for the rest of the tournament. Sherri Coale will look to get several different combinations on the floor so the reserves get experience with the starters just in case Amanda Thompson is not available Tuesday. As more and more Iowa fans fill in -- I would estimate about 2,, now at the minute mark of the second half -- the crowd is actually getting quieter.

As OU pulls away from Prairie View, the Iowa fans rooting for a possible matchup with the 16th-seeded Panthers are sitting on their hands. We're looking at possibly Danielle Robinson's best game as a Sooner. Currently, she has 13 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals. That's an Amanda Thompson-like stat line in the box score. Paris and Young entered the night tied with Paris has now upped that number to for her 18th NCAA record. The Sooners have 16 fast-break points compared to the Panthers' 2 and lead in second chance points.

The glaring number is that the Sooners aren't dominating in the paint. OU has 18 points in the paint, PV has Courtney Paris has a pair of blocks -- her 45th consecutive game with at least one -- and is two points and three boards shy of her th career double-double. Danielle Robinson's 10 first-half points are her most since scoring 11 in the first 20 minutes versus Tennessee. Thompson was put through some drills by OU's medical staff earlier in the day and said the foot felt fine. She's 4-of-5 from the field with four rebounds and three steals already.

Given a well-deserved rest, she's still cheerleading from the bench. The partisan crowd gives out a loud cheer as the PA announces that Big 10 member Minnesota has beaten Notre Dame, If you are not in Oklahoma, the network is broadcasting whip-around coverage of all games right now. Hopefully, this will inspire some confidence and open the scoring floodgates. The Sooners have 14 field goal attempts to PV's six. Unlike the Big 12 Championship semifinal, she wasn't full-checked back into the floor by Abi Olajuwon. Much more of a love tap this time.

None have officiated an OU game this season. Castiglione served five years as the A. Which team's band plays the national anthem is decided by coin flip between the head coaches of teams in the first session in NCAA competition. The crowd is dominateed by Iowa fans, of course, who are pumped just one day after the Hawkeye wrestlers claimed a national title. I'm sure that more seats will turn yellow and black as fans fill in the gaps as we near the start of the Oklahoma City Region game that follows ours between 8-seed Iowa and 9-seed Georgia Tech. Oklahoma is making its 10th consecutive NCAA appearance and is overall in the tournament, including a record in the first round.

Nyeshia Stevenson shouts to the team as the minute clock starts and teams can begin warmups on the court. On the tube is the women's matchup between Utah and Villanova and the men's game between Arizona State and Syracuse the winner will face OU's men's team next Friday in Memphis. The team focused on breaking the press, which it expects Prairie View to do substantially tonight. Coach Coale left the team with an important message to think about over the next few hours -- value the basketball.

Every minute of practice time is scrutinized by the NCAA to be sure no team has a competitive advantage. Thus, the countdown clock begins once the first player removes a basketball from the rack. Prairie View started and finished early, their scheduled practice time just ahead of the Sooners, and so Oklahoma was able to enter the gym quicker than expected. After a few seconds of Nyeshia drumming on the Iowa pep band's trap set, Ashley and Whitney dancing, and Jenny posing, Sherri Coale asked the NCAA staff to start the clock to begin practice, jokingly adding, "lest we lose our minds.

Still, the free time on game days is very limited. Following a team breakfast and devotional, the Sooners will depart for the arena and participate in an hour-long shootaround. Then they'll have a two-hour rest period, their pre-game meal and begin getting taped by athletic trainer Carolynn Loon.

What's the best thing about Iowa City? All-day breakfast at the Hamburg Inn. Some of the staff will be enjoying that after an early shootaround Sunday morning at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The California Omelet is item of choice big thanks to our new friends Ashley Granger and Lyndsey Wilson for the recommendation. After that, it's time to take care of business. Prairie View starts at 6: In Oklahoma, standard- and high-definition channels will carry the complete game. Check back here for the live courtside blog for more info as the game progresses.

The game isn't until tomorrow night, but Saturday night was a time of celebration for the women's basketball team in Iowa City. The Sooners watched the men's basketball team bully Michigan and punch its ticket to the Sweet 16 and then ate dinner at Iowa River Power. After some pleading, the staff allowed Nyeshia Stevenson to have cake for her 21st birthday. She split the slice of chocolate fudge cake with each of her teammates.

It was day one for the Sooners in Iowa City, which meant meeting the media. The effects of the economy on the ability for newswriters and broadcasters to travel to events has been stymied by the economy, and today's showing by the press proved no different. The University of Oklahoma women's basketball staff outnumbered the reporters in the press conference and only one national sportswriter, despite the proximity to a major market like Chicago, was in attendance Saturday.

Sooner fans might remember some of Longman's work: On a more positive note, officials expect about 5, fans for Sunday's first-round games, significantly above the 3, per home game averaged by the Hawkeyes this season. Iowa officials have been fantastic with early hosting duties. Carver-Hawkeye is an older, smaller building, and the logisitics of holding so many teams in one place is a tough job, but the home staff has made everything pleasurable and convienient to all parties involved.

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Kustok, a Chicago native, played guard at DePaul University from to and later joined Doug Bruno's staff as an assistant coach. It seems everything gets a bit crazier, a little more hectic about this time of year. The world seems to pay more attention to what you're doing at every moment and, if you're not used to it, it can drop on you like a weight. One thing that won't be weighing me down anymore is school.

I'm happy to announce that I've finished my final course and will graduate in May with my degree in journalism. Getting my degree has always been my main goal the past four years. You should know by now, I made a little promise to the Sooners fans a couple weeks back. I said on senior night that our team would win the national title or I would pay back my scholarship. I came to Oklahoma with two goals--to earn my degree and to win a national championship.

I've been to the Final Four every year for all the awards ceremonies, but I desperately want to be there with my team. There's a quote that hangs on the wall outside our locker room that reads: Our story began decades ago with great women who shared dingy uniforms and played for just a handful of spectators. But those pioneers knew their sacrifices would create better opportunities for the next generations--for people like me. The senior class here when I was a freshman sacrificed for me, to make me the player and person I am. I think our freshmen class feels the same about this year's seniors.

Today we play in front of sellout crowds and nationally televised audiences. Our equipment is new. We jet to most road games. Most importantly, our success has made us role models in our community. There's no shame in a young girl playing sports anymore. It wasn't like that just a few years ago. Our team is special. I believe in them more than I have any other group of people I've ever known. Our story is on the brink of its next chapter and winning a national championship is the topic I want to write. I know what you're thinking when you read this.

ESPN catches up with the Paris twins in Norman to get their take on just what it has been like the past four years being both sisters and teammates. At overall and in conference games, the Lady Panthers ended the season with a game winning streak, currently the nation's fourth longest and was just one of two SWAC teams with a record better than. Prairie View had a non-conference record, including a mark on the road and mark at neutral sites. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State once in Norman and Texas Tech twice by at least an eight-point margin of victory in each contest.

All-time, Oklahoma is versus Prairie View. The Sooners played the Panthers twice in home-and-home series in each the , and seasons. The smallest margin of victory for the Sooners was 28 points in a victory at Prairie View on Dec. The average margin of victory in the six-game series was 52 points. Candice Thomas led the Lady Panthers, averaging Gaati Werema and Dominique Smith added The Panthers tallied Iowa enters the tournament an identical record as it had one year ago, overall and in the Big Ten, tying Michigan State and Purdue for second place in the league standings.

Kristi Smith leads the Hawkeyes, averaging Megan Skouby and Wendy Ausdemore each contribute While its scoring offense Iowa ranks fourth in free throw percentage. The Hawkeyes also rank 24th in assist-to-turnover ratio. Iowa is all-time versus Oklahoma. The Hawkeyes, who will be playing on their home court, have a home record this season losing only to Purdue, , in their Big Ten home opener. Georgia Tech has a record of overall, including a road record, and went against teams ranked in the top Their marquee victory was a defeat of then-No. Georgia Tech is led by Alex Montgomery, who averages Jacqua Williams averages Georgia Tech leads the nation in steals, forcing 14 per game.

The Yellow Jackets also have one of the nation's top 3-point field goal defenses, allowing just The Yellow Jackets gave No. Georgia Tech also has a win over Texas and a split with North Carolina during the conference schedule as its comparison to OU with common opponents. The Sooners are expected to be one of the top seeds. The Sooners finished as the national runner-up to Connecticut. Each time OU lost in the regional semifinal Sweet 16 round. Four of the past six national champions did not win their conference tournaments and Connecticut, Maryland and Tennessee. OU completed the season No.

OU is all-time in the first round; in the second round; in the regional semifinal; in the regional final; in the national semifinal and in the national championship. Only six - five men and one woman - have reached 2, points and 2, rebounds. It was the third time in her career she earned the honor. Courtney Paris was named to the official ballot for the Wooden Award late Thursday. Paris, a three-time Wooden All-American leads the list of 18 candidates. The panel of voters, which includes prominent media, coaches and administrators from across the nation, have until March 30 to vote.

The festivities will take place at the U. Imhoff Road in Norman. Doors open at 6 p. Checks please do not send cash should be sent to:. Due to limited seating availability, checks must be received before seats can be reserved. Should registered fans be unable to attend the banquet for any reason, the cost will be considered a donation to Oklahoma Women's Basketball.

The Sooners claimed their sixth Big 12 regular-season title in and begin postseason play with a national No. Be sure to register and celebrate with the Sooners on another wonderful season of OU women's basketball. The game originally aired Wednesday night, but experienced technical difficulties during the broadcast. The win also gave the Sooners outright ownership of the Big 12 Conference regular-season title. The game will air of Fox SportsNet. Competing for who knows her best is her sister, Jordyn, and teammate Carlee Roethlisberger. Senior Carolyn Winchester is back against sophomore Danielle Robinson, who just happens to be Carlee Roethlisberger's roommate.

Valentine's Night was lovely to the Sooners, who picked up a win against Kansas and dominated television ratings locally. One ratings point represents the percentage of viewing households in the share market that were tuned in to each program. Bidding ends on Friday, Feb. Seniors Carolyn Winchester and Ashley Paris competed in this week's Red Carpet Challenege, a segment of Sooner Basketball with Sherri Coale that pits two contestantsagainst one another in a mock quiz show about who knows their teammates the best.

This week's center of attention -- Courtney Paris. You might be surprised to see who knew her best. There were plenty of storylines entering the game as No. The broadcast garnered a 1. The game, held at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, was attended by 12, fans who witnessed history live as the Sooners turned a pointed deficit into an point lead to cruise to victory for the first time over the Lady Vols.

Courtney Paris' streak of consecutive games with a double-double ended at , an NCAA record for any gender of basketball, against Tennessee Monday, Feb. The streak lived over four seasons of basketball for a total of 1, days. Perhaps the most remarkable statistic about the streak is how far it was extended from its previous record. That kind of consistency from her freshman season through now, in one of the premier women's basketball conferences in the country, is not likely to ever be broken. I think people from all professions appreciate and aspire to that kind of day-to-day accomplishment, work ethic and mind set to reach higher.

Who do you want to take a buzzer beating shot to win a game? Sooner fans, vote here and enlighten some of the basketball-watching world. Bush attended a Baylor women's basketball game against Oklahoma in one of his first public appearances since returning to his Crawford ranch. Bush and his wife, Laura, walked onto the court Wednesday evening with Baylor coach Kim Mulkey after the former president addressed the team before the game. As soon as Bush and Mulkey emerged from the tunnel, without any introduction, the crowd stood and broke into loud applause.

The Baylor campus is about 25 miles from the Bush ranch in Crawford, where they have been staying since last week when President Barack Obama took office. AP -- Since I last checked in we started Big 12 play. While I want to say we've had a great start, I know we still have so much more to work and more tough games to come. That has been nothing but the theme in this conference - we just won a big game against a very good Texas team and here we are getting ready for another highly-ranked team in Baylor.

The chemistry of my team is coming along well. Were getting better every day and learning from each game we play. We're clicking and balancing the different dimensions of our team. Danielle Robinson and my sister Ashley are probably the two most improved players at their positions in the country and Whitney Hand has to be one of the most impactful freshmen - reasons we have kept our winning streak alive.

Ashley, the self-proclaimed funniest person on the team, started a little chant for us on one of our road trips. We were walking through the halls in our hotel in St. Louis and half the team was ahead of the group and Ashley says, "You think the six of us could take those guys on in a battle? Then, out of nowhere, she yells, "We got some soldiers in the house. I said we got some soldiers in the house,'' and throws her fist in the air twice while chanting, "Whoop! It was hilarious, and now we are the "Sooner Soldiers'' and now there isn't a day that goes by without hearing, "Whoop!

Soldiers in the house! Speaking of soldiers, there is one who had been fighting her battle for all my life 21 years. A woman who would be first pick in my foxhole. Her life, her fight, her courage as coach and a person motivates so many to live better, to fight their own misfortunes and to do what they do with respect and passion. Before we took the floor in our game against Texas, Coach Coale made a request of us to play in such a way that would make Coach Yow proud.

I hope we did that for her and continue to do that for her in the sport she was passionate about. I know Kay Yow is in a better place and so am I for living in a world that she touched. Yow passed away this morning after facing three bouts with breast cancer. In sickness and in health she was a bastion of courage and kindness. Her zest for life and her determination to make a difference in this world have galvanized our profession while inspiring millions. Her legacy and impact will continue to live on even in her passing through her Foundation leading us toward a cure.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family. This is a very sad day for all of us. I am positive that she would want us all to unite and find a way to continue the battle that she fought for years. We WILL find a cure for cancer. Yow is a past president and founding member of the WBCA, and served as a leader and a galvanizing voice for the Association.

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Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in Yow, 66, had been supported by her family and her staff in the last several days and was even able to visit with her entire team at WakeMed Cary Hospital earlier this week. All donations are tax deductible. Visiting and funeral arrangements will be posted on www. The duo represents a rare circumstance where both the men's and women's national basketball player of the year candidates play at the same school.

Check your local listings for dates and times. Well, it's after the holiday season and the New Year. While most students got to relax at home for a couple weeks, no such luck for us women's basketball players. We do get a few days off but it's mostly to get recharged for the conference season. I'll attempt to briefly review all that's happened since my last blog. Although I sat through a flight delay and I was charged for a hotel room I never used, it was good to see some of the family again.

Everyone knows my sister, Ashley, but they don't realize we have four older brothers. It's tough to see everyone in a family that large, but we do our best to get in touch throughout the year. Basketball is going fine and, while there is always something to discuss, there's nothing much I want to touch on at this point.

We picked up a few wins, including two back in my home state of California, and I'm looking forward to playing against a very tough Big 12 schedule. We went to Saint Louis University to play "Slu'' as the natives called them. While we were there a few of us walked down to the Arch and took a tour to the top. I am afraid of heights so that is a huge deal for me and a fun little bonus to our road trip. School - I did well last semester although not as well as I would have liked. I now have one eight-week math course this spring and then I am finished with my degree.

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I had been told of the feeling of satisfaction and relief you get once you finish school, but I never thought it would be this good. It's like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I'm pumped to be so close to the next stage of my life. I was able to catch a few movies recently. Speaking of movies I was flipping through the channels the other day and ran into one of my old favorites, "Napoleon Dynamite. Very pointless and very funny. As for the New Year and my resolutions: To mend, rebuild and structure my relationships for the better; to read one book a month and write every day; and no more eating junk food.

That story will be included in the Dec. For now, you can read this companion piece and view video Bembry compiled about Oklahoma's all-universe center. The game wasn't televised, but cameras were there. Created by syncing the OU coaches' game video with the audio from the Sooner Sports Network radio broadcast with play-by-play announcer Brian Brinkley and color analyst Kendra Wecker, this SoonerSports.

Sherri Coale presented sophomore guard Lauren Willis an early gift this holiday season. Coale surprised Willis with a grant-in-aid contract at the team's annual holiday party. A speechless Willis, after being tackled and hugged by each of her teammates, promptly signed the document, becoming the team's 13th scholarship player. Coale then handed Willis an envelope containg the grant-in-aid form and chaos ensued.

The Overland Park, Kan. Watch Coale surprise Willis with the scholarship. View photos from the Sooners' caroling exploits Saturday afternoon.

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OU's women's basketball team stopped by local nursing centers to spread some holiday cheer. Members of the Oklahoma women's basketball team will be spreading holiday cheer Saturday. The Sooners will visit two local nursing centers and sing Christmas carols. It was also the greatest ever for a team winning in regulation time. Oklahoma trailed California at halftime before beginning a run, closing the gap, with Only Texas State, on Feb.

TSU had a point halftime deficit in that game. Also, Houston trailed Lamar 26 points with Courtney Paris returns with her latest blog entry, this time focused on her th consecutive double-double and how it compares to the greatest streaks in sports history AP -- Blake Griffin has become my new basketball idol. It's unbelievable, what he does on the court is literally like watching a man amongst boys. I think he started off the season averaging something like 27 points and 19 rebounds -- absolutely crazy and fun to watch.

Our men's team played Southern Cal the other night and, although Lil Romeo would be sitting on the bench for the Trojans, I couldn't make it to the game because of a class. I did make it home in time to watch the closing minutes of the nail-biter our men would pull out. And although I can't stand groupies, I have become somewhat fascinated with Blake much like my fascination with Michael Beasley at Kansas State last year and I always check on how he is doing.

So I check and, of course, he has something points and he and his brother, Taylor, share an array of big-time blocks, but I couldn't believe he didn't get a double-double in the game he finished with 25 points and six rebounds. So I go, "Man, Blake's streak of plus rebounds ended,'' and the friend I'm watching the game with replies, "it's hard to do, Courtney! Sunday, I recorded my th consecutive double-double in our game against Arkansas State. People ask me about this streak all the time and, honestly, I haven't thought about it too much until lately.

It's uncomfortable even to write about, but my sports information director asked me to -- just this one time. And when random people ask if I'm the one with all the double-doubles, I'm glad to see that people are becoming more aware of women's basketball. Recently I have learned this about my streak and others: Last week, Jenny Vining and I were shooting free throws together and Jenny stops and says, "It's amazing how we get this little ball through that little rim.

And I responded, "well it's probably a lot harder for you, Jenny, than it is for me. Well, Gretzky played hockey, which is otherwise known as tackle football on ice. Fifty-one consecutive games with a point -- now that's hard to do. How about the game winning streak Oklahoma's football team had back in the 50's, and currently five straight games with 60 or more points? The Boston Celtics' eight straight titles. Joe DiMaggio's game hitting streak. Lance Armstrong's seven straight Tour De France victories.

Now that's one streak I would like to help get started for Oklahoma. I have had amazing guards get me the ball, a wonderful coaching staff to learn from, encouragement and support. In our game last week against Creighton, we were in the final minutes and I hadn't yet scored 10 points. My whole team starts saying we got to get her the ball. Danielle Robinson makes a great play and catches me on an extra pass and there it is -- number The whole crowd erupts like it's the game winner and, watching film the next day with Coach Coale, I noticed our bench and my teammates standing up and cheering for me.

I think my streak will certainly end or be broken, but my appreciation for the people who helped me get it will never go away. Certainly, his three days following the Sooners' athletic pedigree provided substantial content. Courtney Paris got things rolling after practice with a mock interview with Danielle Robinson, who talked about everything from the season to shoes to San Jose.

Then Ashley Paris joined the conversation as the trio expressed their thoughts on the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and basketball schedule. Monday provided a well-deserved day off for the women's basketball team -- staff and players alike -- after playing three games in five days, though most of the Sooners did step into the practice gym to get a few shots up. More deserving of a day off, OU's event management and support staff, who hosted 11 home events during the week, including seven basketball games and the most important college football game of the season thus far.

The rest ends quickly however, as OU hosts another top basketball team -- Marist is on the fringes of the Top 25 -- Wednesday night. Hey guys, it's me again, Courtney Paris. Promised I would check in again so here I am. I was supposed to blog about the start of the season but I have been so preoccupied -- well, kind of. So here is the thing. I am addicted to my BlackBerry. Not to e-mails, not text messaging, not phone calls about nothingness. I'm addicted to Brick Breaker. Oh my gosh that game, I tell ya, is the owner of any free time my thumbs might have.

TK assistant coach Chad Thrailkill , one of our assistants, had a BlackBerry two summers ago and bragged about how he had gotten , points and had 90 lives left. I could not believe it and I did not have to because his phone miraculously broke before he could save it. Another thing about my phone though and is I get updates about women's basketball news and, man, there have been some strange things happening around the country with powerhouses going down.

I think personally it's a good thing for women's basketball.

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A little parity never hurts; in fact it shows how much our sport is growing or how much Candice Wiggins and Candace Parker are missed. We play Middle Tennessee next, and it should be a challenge not to be the next top team to fall. But right now all I can focus on is making sure my team is getting better every day, so that when the time comes to really do something special, we'll be prepared. Junior forward Amanda Thompson celebrated her 21st birthday Tuesday. Middle Tennessee dropped the hammer on Lafayette Pa. But it's less often when the same school has potential men's and women's players of the year and top pro draft picks in Blake Griffin and Courtney Paris.

So, it was a no brainer for Sports Illustrated to send its college basketball writer Andrew Lawrence to the Sooner State to interview the pair. As an All-American basketball player, Courtney Paris has received her fair share of interview. As a journalism major, she has given them as well. Paris spent the summer working the public safety beat for the OU Daily and has been on and behind the camera in her practicum this fall through the Gaylord College of Journalism. However, for CP3's latest assignment, part of her capstone project, she turned the tables for the first time by interviewing someone who had interviewed her.

With a paper about fairness in sports journalism due, Paris reached out to coaches, sports information personnel, general fans and sportswriters. One of those sportswriters was veteran columnist Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman. Here's his take on the Paris project. All-American senior Courtney Paris introduces herself to the country in her latest blog, picked up in as part of a series of women's college basketball player blogs initiated by the Associated Press for distribution across the nation via its wire service I'm a senior in journalism and I am excited about finishing my last year of college with my twin sister, Ashley.

Time has flown and then dragged. I feel like I've been here forever, yet I can't believe it's almost over. I've done a lot in my college experience - milked a cow, had my first job, bought a home, paid bills, broken records, been challenged on and off the court and met some pretty incredible people. There's only two things left for me do as a Sooner and those are complete my degree and help lead my team to a national title. I'm probably most known to for my double-double streak and while I don't want it to end, one streak I want over is going to the Final Four by myself.

This year I want to be in St. Louis with my team. Intensity was the theme of Thursday night's exhibition win over Western State. Coach Coale had more opinions about the game, the leadership of her captains, the play of the two freshmen and what's expected in the exhibition finale against Oklahoma Christian, Coale's alma mater, Tuesday night. The 45 voters who make up the Associated Press' women's basketball poll made Courtney Paris just its sixth unanimous preseason All-America selection in history.

The Associated Press has also recently listed Oklahoma in two of its 10 can't miss games of and named Whitney Hand as one of four newcomers to watch this season. Hand finished as the second leading scorer in Texas history with 3, points and will be called upon to help the Sooners open up their offense. She hit 3-pointers last season and made 85 percent of her free throws. Hand was selected as the Big 12 preseason freshman of the year. Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale on Hand: Maybe the most prepared player we've ever had in our program at the University of Oklahoma in terms of coming in ready to make an impact.

She understands the game. She's a big, strong girl. She's capable of holding her own. One Auburn football coach decreed his players couldn't have soap and hot water. Pat Sullivan once challenged Shug Jordan's authority. Ricardo Louis told Nick Marshall he would make a play.

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