Still, OU accomplished plenty by beating the Bulldogs two days ago. Not only did the Sooners prevail, but they prevailed without senior point guard Morgan Hook, who missed the last 3 minutes after appearing to badly sprain her ankle. In the program’s advance media notes, Hook continues to be listed as a starter, though she was said to be day-to-day exiting the arena Thursday night.
“I think we displayed a great deal of toughness, especially down the stretch after Morgan went out,” Coale said. “We got great minutes from T.T. [T’ona Edwards] and Gioya (Carter), great toughness from our bigs and our All-American makes baskets at the end of the game.”
The All-American reference was for Aaryn Ellenberg, who led OU with 21 points.
The Cardinals will be a tough out.
Thus far, they’ve topped Loyola-Chicago by 47 points, Quinnipiac by 18 and No. 14 LSU by 19.
Coale believes her players will have the right approach.
“I don’t know how much they look at it like ‘That team was in the Final Four.’ They sort of draw a curtain and see it as a new year,” she said of her players. “I think it is more about how we see ourselves than how we see Louisville.”
Afterward, how the Sooners see themselves should be even clearer.
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