March 14, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma will make its 12th consecutive appearance, the eighth longest active streak, in the NCAA Championship this weekend. Exactly where the Sooners will go will be decided tonight.
The women’s basketball championship bracket will be announced Monday, March 14, on ESPN/ESPN3.com at 6 p.m. Central.
“We’re fortunate we have great leadership and three seniors who have been to two Final Fours,” head coach Sherri Coale said, “and we have a couple of sophomores who, all they’ve ever done is go to the Final Four since they came to college, which is pretty bizarre. So they understand what we’re getting ready to do.”
Oklahoma advanced to the Final Four in 2002, 2009 and 2010. It’s one of only 15 programs to compete in the Final Four in consecutive years and just one of six to reach three Final Fours in the past decade.
“I think the teams that improve at this point and take advantage of the time they have together do well in the tournament,” sophomore Whitney Hand said. “I think that we have traditionally done well in the tournament because we do that. We find out how to believe again.”
OU is projected to be a six seed. From that position, two teams in the 29-year history of the tournament made it to the Final Four, Alabama in 1994 and Notre Dame in 1997, and only six teams total with seeds below a 4 advanced past the round of eight.
“I think we’re in a great spot. We have enough support and enough confidence and enough leadership to get us where we want to go,” senior Danielle Robinson said. “We’re about to start with a clean slate and its one game at a time in the NCAA tournament.
“And, with the experience we’ve had in the past two years, we have all the confidence in the world.”