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NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma invites fans to send off the OU women's basketball team as it departs the Lloyd Noble Center for its NCAA Tournament destination Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to arrive by 12:15 p.m. and park southeast of the facility via GT Blankenship Blvd. 

The Sooners (18-14) earned an at-large bid and a 10 seed in the Lincoln Region. OU will face 7-seed DePaul (27-6), the Big East champion, Saturday, March 22 at 12:30 p.m. CT in Durham, N.C.

The game will be televised on ESPN2.

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“We don’t ever for a second want to lose sight of what a hard thing this is to do,” OU head coach Sherri Coale said, “and what a special accomplishment it is to us to be in our 15th consecutive NCAA Tournament.

“That’s a reflection of a lot of hard work and the passionate commitment of a bunch of kids over the course of a lot of years. This group has hung in there, and they’ve scratched and clawed and gave themselves a chance to live again. We have another shot at life this basketball season. We don’t intend to take that for granted.”

The Sooners’ streak is the seventh longest active among Division I teams.