Women's College Basketball: Oklahoma vs. Purdue
This game features one of the most decorated players in Women's College Basketball history who made a ground breaking promise and a Big 10 team that always came up short.
These teams are similar in that they both rely on a Big - Little combinations to create their offense.
Oklahoma has the Paris sisters (Courtney and Ashley) to Danielle Robinson and Whitney Hand. Purdue has Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton and Lakisha Freeman to Brittany Rayburn and FahKara Malone.
This game will come down to which set of guards is able to find their stroke early in the game.
Oklahoma has one of the best Center/Power Forward combinations in Courtney and Ashley Paris. Ashley, especially, has stepped her game this year and is projected to be first round pick in this year's WNBA draft. These two players are number 1 and 3 (Courtney and Ashley, respectively) on the team's scoring chart, and they are almost guaranteed to get their points, and rebounds.
Oklahoma's guards have been streaky, at best, this season. If Whitney Hand and Daniel Robinson can play like they did against Pitt, Oklahoma shouldn't have trouble against Purdue. Purdue's guards have had a solid tournament, but will they struggle against Oklahoma's length?
Sherri Coale is the only coach in this game to have National Championship experience. She took her 2002 Oklahoma team to the Championship against UCONN. They were over-matched against UCONN (deja vu?) but they did make it to the game. This is Purdue coach, Sharon Versyp's, third season as head coach and this is Purdue's deepest run in the tournament in her tenure. I give the advantage to Oklahoma simply because of experience.
Oklahoma by 6.
This game will be close. Purdue was able to outlast a very defensively minded Rutgers in the Sweet Sixteen and will keep this game close throughout. A combination of a strong home court advantage and better play in the paint puts Oklahoma in the Final Four.
Stats from Purduesports.com and Soonersports.com
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