Women’s basketball seeks redemption against Notre Dame
Marcin Rutkowski, The Oklahoma Daily
Notre Dame 81, OU 71.
That’s what it looked like last time OU women’s basketball played the Fighting Irish.
Luckily for Sherri Coale’s Sooner team it has a chance to redeem itself Sunday night en route to a spot in the Elite Eight.
OU will be in Kansas City this weekend potentially playing for a consecutive year in the NCAA Final Four.
And the first major roadblock is Notre Dame.
Notre Dame is the No. 2 seed in the Kansas City regional and can attribute much of its success this season to the play of Skyler Diggins.
The freshman guard has made a big impact for the Irish averaging 13.9 points a contest.
Diggins and the Irish finished the season 25-9 overall and 12-4 in the Big East. They clinched their spot in the Sweet Sixteen with an 84-66 win over Vermont.
The Fighting Irish will try to add another win this season by going 2-0 against the Sooners.
Notre Dame bested OU early in the season during a Thanksgiving tournament, immediately following the loss of sophomore guard Whitney Hand who went out for the season with an ACL injury.
While the Sooners are still without Hand, this OU team is much different.
In the game against Notre Dame, senior guard Nyeshia Stevenson had a mere two points. The Sooners can now count on her to average 13.9 points.
Senior forward Amanda Thompson only had five rebounds against the Irish, but for the rest of the season she averaged twice that many at 10.5 a game.
OU will need these much improved numbers if it hopes to prevail as the underdog Sunday night.