The Norman Transcript

Breaking News

Sports

March 31, 2013

It’s Sooners’ momentum vs. Vols’ tradition

OKLAHOMA CITY — They say tradition never goes on vacation, so maybe the Oklahoma women can’t count on being overlooked today.

Tennessee is the Yankees, Steelers and Manchester United of women’s college basketball, only better.

One year removed from the legendary reign of coach Pat Summitt and her 1,098 victories and nine national championships, longtime assistant and first-year head coach Holly Warlick has every reason to believe the Lady Vols can hang another title banner in the rafters of Thompson-Boling Arena or, at least, corral the program’s record 19th trip to the Final Four.

The Sooners have a little history of their own. Comparatively, very little.

Six days ago they played far and away their best game of the season to stop UCLA 85-72 and advance to the program’s 10th Sweet 16 and ninth since 2000. And, 50 months ago, on the same court in the same building, the Sooners stopped the Lady Vols 80-70.

It’s not much, but you take what you can get.

“That’s the beautiful thing about sports,” OU coach Sherri Coale said. “If you look hard enough, you can draw a correlation to make it feel like it’s all in your favor, no matter what.”

Mostly what the Sooners have going for them is themselves. It hasn’t been enough to create a dominant season or to challenge for a conference or conference tourney crown. The regular season, it may be hard to remember now, was a bumpy ride.

Still, it was only bumpy on the outside, on the court where they watched so many teammates suffer season-ending injuries and, also on the court, where they’d get a good thing going before being dropped by 21 points at Iowa State, by 19 at West Virginia, by 10 at Kansas, 21 at Oklahoma State and 19 again, to Iowa State at the Big 12 tournament.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • NCAA Womens Gymnastics Sooners vault to program’s first women’s gymnastics national championship

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — It’s probably not the way Oklahoma coach K.J. Kindler drew it up. Probably, in her mind’s eye, when she saw the program she’s taken to the NCAA championships so many different times finally claim national supremacy, she ...

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sooners demolish Longhorns in series finale

    Disappointed. Confused. Shocked. Embarrassed....

    April 20, 2014

  • Grizzlies Thunder Basketball Thunder withstand Grizz charge to take Game 1

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Style points don’t matter in the NBA playoffs. It’s all about getting wins and moving on. So, despite watching a huge lead dwindle down to a single basket, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks is pleased his team was able to ...

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Luke Donald shoots 66, takes lead at RBC Heritage

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Luke Donald believes he’s got the right game on the right course — and is ready to make up for so many near-misses at the RBC Heritage. Donald had an eagle and six birdies to shoot 66 on Saturday and take a ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Nets’ experience trumps Raptors in Game 1

    TORONTO — The Brooklyn Nets made a case for the important of playoff experience in their opening victory over the Toronto Raptors....

    April 20, 2014

  • Heat open quest for another title

    MIAMI — If the Miami Heat are going to watch their season and reign atop the NBA end at the hands of the Charlotte Bobcats, then fates of the franchises will have to change in a hurry....

    April 20, 2014

  • Warriors beat Clippers, 109-105, in playoff opener

    LOS ANGELES — Klay Thompson scored 22 points, David Lee added 20 and the Golden State Warriors got Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 on Saturday in their playoff opener....

    April 20, 2014

  • Cardinals edge Nationals, 4-3

    WASHINGTON — Lance Lynn was sharper than he had had been all season, which made it all the more frustrating for him when he failed to make it out of the sixth inning....

    April 20, 2014

  • OU gets rare hot start, but fails to finish in loss to WVU

    A slow start wasn’t Oklahoma’s problem on Saturday. Perhaps that issue has been rectified. What was evident after its 9-5 loss to West Virginia is it has more problems than solutions....

    April 20, 2014

  • Teague leads Hawks past top-seeded Pacers in Game 1

    INDIANAPOLIS — Atlanta’s Jeff Teague demolished the Pacers’ grand playoff plan. As his teammates set up around the 3-point line, Teague simply blew through open lanes to the basket repeatedly. The Pacers didn’t have an answer....

    April 20, 2014

Facebook