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April 4, 2010

Stanford on guard

SAN ANTONIO — It’s enough to make you wonder if Abi Olajuwon’s due for another big game, but the two players who really seem to have everybody’s attention are Sooner point guard Danielle Robinson and off guard Nyeshia Stevenson.

One question put to Stanford players was is “this Oklahoma backcourt the fastest and quickest you’ve faced this year?”

Jeanette Pohlen, who spent some time with USA Basketball as a summer teammate of Robinson, simply said “Oklahoma’s probably going to be up there,” but Stanford’s met many quick backcourts, like those for Duke, Tennessee, Connecticut and Oregon.

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, though, tossed out very high praise twice for Robinson.

“We don’t have one person that can guard Danielle Robinson,” she said, going on to say the Cardinal squad must play strong team defense.

Later, she added Robinson moves around the court as though jet-propelled.

“She just goes from end to end as fast as anyone,” VanDerveer said. “She has such incredible speed and quickness, and every time you look at her, she’s smiling and laughing. She brings great energy.”

Against the world?

It may be hard to find somebody who was truly against Oklahoma, but it’s certainly true the Sooners defied expectation to reach the Alamodome. The players are taking that fact as a rallying point.

“Well, you know, people can say what they say, they have their opinions,” Sooner team captain Amanda Thompson said, “but I think it just puts us in a great position to change history … We’re just creating a bubble and staying within that and having fun while we’re doing it.”

Guard Jasmine Hartman said the Sooners have been in their bubble “since we’ve been underrated. Nobody thought we’d be here.”

“No one was pretty much on our side but (us),” Stevenson said.

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