March 31, 2002
Tonight's loss ends the Sooners' 11-game winning streak, 2nd longest in school history (17 games - 2000-01)
Oklahoma has now lost all four all-time meetings to UConn, twice in the regular season, and twice in the NCAA Tournament. Both of Connecticut's wins in the NCAA Tourney came in Championship years. (2000 & 2002)
With tonight's loss combined with the Oklahoma men's loss in Atlanta yesterday, OU fails to become the first ever team to have both men's and women's teams win the national championships. Other schools to send both men's and women's teams to the Final Four in the same year: Georgia in 1983 (both teams lost in semi-finals) and Duke in 1999 (both teams lost in final).
This was Oklahoma's first loss in the city of San Antonio. They are now 5-1.
Oklahoma's final record of 32-4 establishes several records. It is not only a school record for most wins and fewest losses, but also a Big 12 Conference Record for most wins and ties the record for fewest losses. (previous record: Texas Tech, 1999, 30-4)
Oklahoma's 5 NCAA Tournament wins this season almost doubles the total number of NCAA tourney wins in school history. OU's NCAA record is now 11-5. The .688 winning percentage would rank the Sooners 7th all-time for winningest team in NCAA Tournament games. (Minimum 20 games required for NCAA record book)
Head Coach Sherri Coale now has an NCAA Tourney record of 9-3.
Coach Coale and UConn Head Coach Geno Auriemma have an interesting history. Auriemma successfully recruited current Oklahoma Assistant Coach Stacey Hansmeyer to UConn when she played for Coale at Norman (OK) High School in 1996. Also, Coale and Auriemma coached together in the 2001 USA Basketball Women's Junior World Championship Team that won a bronze medal in Brno, Czech Republic, in July 2001. This was the fourth time they had coached against one another.
Oklahoma Assistant Coach Stacey Hansmeyer played for Connecticut from 1997-2000. She was a member of UConn's 2000 National Championship team.
Stacey Dales fouled out of a game for only the second time this season.
The Sooners 12 steals ties four other teams for the second most ever in a Championship Game.
The Sooners hit eight three-point FGs, the second most ever in a Championship Game.
Oklahoma's 70 points are the 4th most scored against UConn this season.
Oklahoma's 25 rebounds were the fewest for the Sooners in a game this season.
Stacey Dales and Rosalind Ross were named to the Final Four All-Tournament Team. They are the first Sooners ever named to an Final Four All-Tournament team.
UConn's 30 field goals made is the most allowed by Oklahoma this season. However, UConn was 0 for 9 from three-point range, the first time this season the Huskies were shut out from beyond the arc.
Rosalind Ross tied a Final Four record with 8 of 18 three point field goals in the two Final Four games. Stanford's Katy Stedin