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May 16, 2014

Bryant not intimidated

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NORMAN —

The Pride will need that defense when they open the regional at 5 p.m. today against Texas A&M, a power-hitting team that’s competed in the ultra-competitive SEC all season.

That experience is what Texas A&M coach Jo Evans, who watched her team fall to OU in the Super Regional a year ago, is counting on this weekend.

“We always feel like if you can make it through the grind of the SEC, you are not going to play anybody better than the teams you already played,” she said. “We just know that we won’t play any teams that are more competitive or deeper or stronger of faster that we’ve already seen.”

Eyes on Tennessee: While the Sooners certainly won’t be looking past this weekend, their fans may be. And the direction they should be looking is at Tennessee, the tournament’s 10-seed and OU’s opponent from a memorable national title series a year ago.

The Volunteers open the tournament with a contest against Charleston Southern tonight, and also have Lipscomb and Virginia Tech in its regional. The winner of the Tennessee regional would travel to OU for the Super Regional if the Sooners advance.

Postseason streak reaches 21: While Bryant is making its first tournament appearance, the Sooners are riding the second-longest postseason appearance streak in the country. OU has advanced to a regional for 21 straight seasons, tied with Washington and second only to Arizona, which makes its 28th straight appearance this season.

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