Tonight's Games

March 16, 1995

LOYOLA WOMEN (20-8)

vs. OKLAHOMA (21-8)

East Regional first round

Site: Ruston, La.

Time: 7

Outlook: No. 10 seed Loyola, the postseason Metro Atlantic champ, is led by high-scoring F Patty Stoffey. Stoffey's 23.9 points a game average is ninth best in the country. Loyola has a strong inside game despite having just two players over 6 feet. Seventh seed Oklahoma makes its first tournament appearance since 1986. The Sooners gained an at-large berth after finishing fourth in the Big Eight Conference. They are an up-tempo team that is deep and experienced with five seniors and five juniors. Five players have averaged double figures in points, led by senior C Mandy Wade (14.0 ppg) and junior F Etta Maytubby (13.0 ppg). Oklahoma won last year's postseason women's National Invitation Tournament.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S WOMEN (24-5) at ALABAMA (20-8)

East Regional first round

Site: Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Time: 9:30

Radio: WQSI (820 AM)

Outlook: No. 13 seed Mount St. Mary's will be battling the home crowd at fourth seed Alabama. The Mountaineers' strength is depth, especially at guard, a spot that will get stronger with the return of starting point guard Amy Langville after missing 10 games with mononucleosis. Alabama looks to return to the Final Four with the same basic cast as last season. Niesa Johnson is among the best players in the country, averaging 21.2 points and almost six rebounds and assists a game. Yolanda Watkins, a 6-2 center, is a strong inside presence, and Madonna Thompson and Johnson are both excellent three-point shooters.

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