March 28th, 2003
Oklahoma vs. Butler
NCAA Tournament East Regional Semifinal
The Sooners were hoping to advance to the Elite Eight with a victory over the upset-minded, and 12th-seeded Butler Bulldogs who had already played spoiler in the tournament taking down Mississippi State and Louisville and looking to knock off a #1 seed in Oklahoma.
Hollis Price and Ebi Ere, both playing injured (Price-groin injury/Ere-fractured wrist) lead the Sooners to a 32-23 halftime lead.
Butler would pull within 3, 50-47, with six minutes left in the game, but the clock struck midnight for Cinderella, as Oklahoma took control down the stretch to take the victory, 65-54, and a spot in the East Regional final against eventual champion, Syracuse.
Ere tallied 25 points to go along with 12 from Price while Kevin Bookout, 16 points, and Jabahri Brown, 11 rebounds, aided in the team’s success.
Not to be outdone, the Sooner women put their own stamp on March 28th, going up against Notre Dame in the 2010 NCAA Women’s Tournament with a berth in the Elite Eight on the line.
Sherri Coale’s 3rd-seeded Sooners battled #2 seed Notre Dame in a game befitting their respective seeding.
A hot first half for the Sooners saw them make 4 of 6, 3-pointers, putting them ahead 36-32 at the half.
In the second half, Notre Dame would tie it at 38, the Sooners would go back out in front 46-38 with 14 minutes left, only to see Notre Dame once again, go on a 12-3 run to pull within 1 point, 50-49. Another Sooner run was met yet again, by another late surge by the Fighting Irish.
A late missed Sooner 3 would leave the game at 66-all, headed to overtime.
A 3-pointer from Nyeshia Stevenson with 4.4 seconds left, would seal the win for OU, 77-72.
Stevenson finished with 21 points and Abi Olajuwon added 20 points and 14 rebounds as the Sooners reached the regional finals for the second year in a row and the third time in school history.