COLUMBUS, Ohio —
The flip side of that last part, though, is the fact that Central Michigan wants to run the floor, too. The Chippewas are averaging 74.4 points per game, 1.9 more than OU’s 72.2.
“They’re very good in transition,” Coale said. “I’m impressed how they move from transition to their early offense … They think their ball is going into the basket. They are better defensively than people give them credit and get points in transition off steals.”
Central Michigan coach Sue Guevara even agrees with Coale about the backcourt matchup, but says OU has a real advantage inside with center Nicole Griffin and forward Joanna McFarland.
“Our guards are bigger, like Brandie Baker at the point, which presents a matchup problem for them” she said. “As much as the interior is a challenge for us, we’re going to have to do other things to utilize our strengths.”
What Central Michigan can’t claim is anything remotely close to the competition OU has faced. The Chippewas are the only team from the MAC in the NCAA tournament, while the Sooners are one of seven Big 12 programs to be dancing.
But that may not matter either.
Two teams will tip off today and only one can advance. Even as matchups are sure to influence the game, something more basic may decide it.
McFarland talked about that before the team left for Columbus.
“Tournament time is fun time,” she said. “You just kind of have to forget about everything and then just play with every ounce of your soul, everything you have left.”
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