OU in the Women's NCAA Tournament

Oklahoma in 2002 Final Four
The University of Oklahoma women's basketball program made history in 2002 with its first trip to the NCAA Final Four. The Sooners dominated NCAA action by winning five of its six games by an average margin of 21 points.

After capturing the Big 12 Conference regular season and tournament titles, OU earned a No. 1 seed in the West Region and opened NCAA action inside the Lloyd Noble Center.  With home court advantage, the Sooners advanced to the Sweet 16 with a pair of victories over Hartford (84-52) and Villanova (66-53).
 
However, in order to advance to the Final Four, OU had to eliminate two Big 12 teams in NCAA West Regional action. First up was Texas Tech. Oklahoma handed the Lady Raiders a 10-point loss (72-62), before blowing out Colorado, 94-60, for the right to play in the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.

Oklahoma shocked Duke with an 86-71 win in the NCAA semifinals before suffering a disappointing 82-70 loss to national powerhouse Connecticut in the national championship game.

OU concluded th e season with a Big 12 and school record of 32-4 and national rankings of No. 2 in the Associated Press and USA Today /ESPN Coaches Polls.
 
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NCAA First Round: Oklahoma 84, Hartford 52
March 16, 2002 - Norman, Okla.
The Hawks committed 15 of their 22 turnovers in the first half, victims of tournament jitters and Oklahoma's superior talent. Rizzotti, who grew accustomed to being on the other side of blowouts during her All-America career at Connecticut, could only watch as her team unraveled...

 
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NCAA Second Round: Oklahoma 66, Villanova 53
March 18, 2002 - Norman, Okla.
Once Villanova's shots stopped falling, the Wildcats had almost no shot of beating Oklahoma. The Sooners, who withstood an early 3-point flurry, got 30 points from LaNeishea Caufield to win 66-53 Monday night in the second round of the NCAA West Regional...
 
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NCAA Sweet 16: Oklahoma 72, Texas Tech 62
March 23, 2002 - Boise, Idaho
For the third time this season, Oklahoma had more speed, more talent and more enthusiasm than Texas Tech could handle. Caton Hill scored 15 points and had 14 rebounds as top-seeded Oklahoma beat No. 4 Texas Tech 72-62 Saturday night in a West regional semifinal, advancing to play fellow Big 12 member Colorado...
 
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NCAA Great Eight: Oklahoma 94, Colorado 60
March 25, 2002 - Boise, Idaho
Five years ago, Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale could offer recruits little beyond a down-and-out program and a sparkling vision that was more sunshine than substance. Stacey Dales and LaNeishea Caufield bought into it, and now they're all going together to the Final Four. Caufield scored 25 points and Dales had 20 points and nine assists as top-seeded Oklahoma rolled past No. 3 Colorado 94-60 Monday night in the West Regional final, sending the Sooners to San Antonio...
 
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NCAA Final Four: Oklahoma 86, Duke 71
March 29, 2002 - San Antonio, Texas
From near extinction to national title game. Oklahoma's amazing rebuilding project just keeps getting better.Twelve years after the school nearly disbanded a program in disarray, the Sooners earned a shot at their first NCAA championship with a 86-71 win over Duke in the national semifinals Friday night...
 
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National Championship Game: Connecticut 82, Oklahoma 70
March 31, 2002 - San Antonio, Texas
Top-ranked Connecticut had no trouble putting up points against No. 3 Oklahoma. Keeping enough players on the court was a little more tricky for the Huskies. Sue Bird scored 21 points and Asjha Jones had a career-high 18 rebounds as Connecticut won 86-72 Saturday.