WHoops: Season Analysis

For the second year in a row, the Sooners fell short of making the National Championship game by one victory, as they fell to Stanford in the National Semifinals 73-66, but it was a great year nonetheless, and Sooners Illustrated provides the three reasons it was still a great season for the Crimson and Cream.

3. The Sooners played Connecticut tough—Typically, moral victories are overrated in sports, but this is a UConn team that has now won 78 straight games, posting back-to-back 39-win seasons capped off by two national championships. The Sooners battled back from a double-digit deficit in the first half to cut the UConn lead to only two at the break, and OU even took the lead three times in the second half before falling short to the Huskies. It was a valiant effort by the Sooners, and the 76-60 defeat that it was failed to serve justice for how close of a game it actually was.

2. The Sooners finished in the top three of a ridiculous Big 12 conference—OU tied for second in the regular season in the Big 12, a conference that finished the year with seven ranked teams, including three in the top 10. The Sooners beat No. 4 Baylor twice and also defeated No. 14 Texas A&M once, No. 22 Oklahoma State three times and No. 25 Texas once as well. So, OU had a solid season inside what was the nation's best conference.

1. OU made the final four—One can't say enough about both the coaching job Sherri Coale did and how the team came together despite their adversity to make the Final Four. The Sooners lost the Paris twins, Courtney and Ashley, to graduation last year, and guard Whitney Hand tore her ACL early in the year, but somehow, some way, OU managed to overcome everything to put together four victories in the NCAA tournament. With a little better performance in the second half against Stanford and a few breaks here and there, the Sooners would have been set for a rematch with UConn in the National Championship. As it is, making the Final Four was impressive in and of itself.

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