Norman — In Asriel Rolfe and Shanika Butler, Arkansas-Little Rock boasts a pair of spark plug guards who abused Georgia Tech Sunday night at Lloyd Noble Center.
They beat the Yellowjackets’ press, combined on 10 assists, and got the game moving at a pace they preferred.
“They actually do a lot of stuff in transition,” Oklahoma point guard Danielle Robinson said. “The just play free.”
With today’s 8:45 p.m. second-round NCAA Tournament game at Lloyd Noble Center approaching, the thought that both teams might push the action, each trying to outrun the other, is a reasonable one.
Nobody’s faster with the ball than Robinson and OU might relish the chance to play as fast as the Trojans allow.
On the other hand, there’s another place on the floor the Trojans would appear not to match up.
UALR coach Joe Foley seemed to wave off the concern, at least insofar as it being any greater than what the Trojans’ faced Sunday, against Georgia Tech’s Sasha Goodlett, who stands 6-5, an inch taller than starting Sooner center Abi Olajuwon.
“I can tell you she’s a strong kid, but no more than the kid from Georgia Tech,” Foley said. “I thought we did a good job inside (Sunday) night … She’s a great post player but, like I said, just about everybody you see at this stage is going to have a great post player.”
Still, allow Olajuwon to like her chances.
She scored 15 points in just 20 minutes in Sunday night’s 68-57 victory over South Dakota State. She made 6 of 10 shots and 3 of 4 free throws. And it wasn’t foul trouble that limited her time, but defense.
She was guarding SDSU’s Maria Bouver, who popped outside for two early 3-pointers that gave the Jackrabbits an early lead.
Still, when she returned to the floor, she liked it.