Busy Day for the Sooners in St. Louis

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 02, 2009
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 Women's Final Four Coverage

Click the following links for complete coverage throughout OU's trip to St. Louis for the Final Four...

Sunday, April 5 | Game Day
 Game Notes: OU and Louisville Meet at 6 p.m.
Video Experience OU's Walk Through the Hotel Lobby
Saturday, April 4
| Media Day & Awards
 Coach Coale, OU Player Quotes from Saturday
 C. Paris Leads WBCA Coaches' All-Americans
 Courtney Paris Wins Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Video Highlights from Open Practice at Scottrade Center
Video Coach Coale Meets Media Saturday in St. Louis
Video D. Robinson | N. Stevenson | C. Paris | A. Paris
Video Rose Hammond | Jasmine Hartman | Lauren Willis
Video Clips from WBCA Ceremony | Courtney's Speech
Video Courtney Paris Accepts CLASS Award Saturday
Photos from WBCA & CLASS Award Ceremonies
Photos Saturday Open Practice & Media Day Photo Gallery
Friday, April 3 | Practice & Arch Visit
Video Team Visits St. Louis Landmark: The Gateway Arch
Video Sooners Practice at Nearby Harris-Stowe State
Coale on Friday's Pracice | Jenny Vining | A. Paris
Photos Photos from the Team's Visit to the St. Louis Arch
Photos from Oklahoma's Friday Morning Practice
Thursday, April 2
| Send-Off & Arrival
Video Fans Send the Team Off from Lloyd Noble
Video Sooners Arrive in St. Louis for the Final Four
Video Coach Coale Upon Arrival at the Team Hotel
Video Junior Amanda Thompson | Senior Ashley Paris
Photos Photo Gallery of Oklahoma's Arrival in St. Louis

Related Links
Sooner Final Four Central | Women's Hoops Blog
  Sunday, April 5

It's gameday in St. Louis with the Sooners taking on Louisville in the first national semifinal at 6 p.m.
If you're not lucky enough to be at the Scottrade Center for the game, click here for complete broadcast information, including TV, radio and internet coverage.
OU associate media relations director Jared Thompson will also blog live from his courtside post right next to the OU bench. Follow the blog here.
  Saturday, April 4

A day out from its national semifinal game against Louisville, it was a busy day in St. Louis for the Oklahoma women's basketball team.
The Sooners began the day at the Renaissance Hotel, where Courtney Paris was honored as a State Farm WBCA Coaches' All-American for the fourth straight year.
Then, it was off to the Scottrade Center where hundreds of OU fans came out to see the Sooners during their open practice and autograph session. Coach Coale and members of the team also participated in Media Day activities, and Paris collected yet another award as the recipient of the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for women's basketball.
View complete coverage from all of Saturday's events by clicking the links to the right.
  Friday, April 3

The OU women's basketball team made a brief visit to St. Louis' most famous landmark Friday afternoon, the Gateway Arch. Rising to a height of 630 feet, the historic monument offered an impressive view of the city.
The ride to the top was far from cozy, however. With five people crammed into a tiny egg-shaped elevator chamber that frequently had to level itself due to the curvature of the Arch, it was a jerky ride to say the least.
All-in-all, the consensus was that it was well worth it, and the team took time for a unique photo opportunity afterwards. View photos and video from the team's visit to the Arch by clicking the links to the right.
Earlier in the day, Coach Coale and the Sooners hit the practice court at Harris-Stowe State University, an NAIA school located just a few miles away from the team hotel in downtown St. Louis.
OU worked out for an hour-and-a-half, going through a series of spirited, fast-paced shooting drills before breaking down the initial scouting report on Louisville. View complete coverage from Friday's practice, including interviews with Coach Coale, Ashley Paris and Jenny Vining.
  Thursday, April 2

The University of Oklahoma women's basketball team arrived at the site of the Final Four Thursday evening to a festive crowd at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center.
The top-seeded Sooners, winners of the Oklahoma City Regional, meet 3-seed Louisville, the Raleigh champion, Sunday at 6 p.m. Central in the national semifinals at Scottrade Center. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
OU began the day with its final practice of the season at the Lloyd Noble Center, an intense workout that received praise from the head coach.
"It was a tremendous way to leave Norman," OU head coach Sherri Coale said. "The determination and intensity in today's practice was certainly the right way to get this long week started."
The group was sent off spectacularly to the tune of Boomer Sooner and the applause of several dozen fans, who crowded near the team buses to get a final look at the Sooners before they take to the grandest stage in women's college basketball.
Oklahoma will rest tonight in anticipation of an early practice Friday morning. The Sooners will also have the opportunity to tour the famous St. Louis Arch before joining its Final Four compatriots for a Salute Dinner later in the evening.



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