Okla. ousts Loyola women, 90-55 NCAA TOURANAMENT

March 17, 1995|By Jeff Duncan | Jeff Duncan,Special to The Sun

RUSTON, La. -- Loyola ran out of rallies and was rudely run out of the women's NCAA tournament by Oklahoma last night.

The Greyhounds, masters of the comeback in their previous three games, fell behind early and failed to threaten in a 90-55 loss in the East Regional.

Patty Stoffey ended her stellar collegiate career with a team-high 29 points and eight rebounds.

Neither was nearly enough against a taller, deeper and more talented Oklahoma team. All 13 Sooners played and scored, led by LaNae Jones' career-high 20 points.

"I never thought it would be this easy," Oklahoma coach Burl Plunkett said. "You never really know what to expect in the NCAA tournament. It took us a few minutes to get organized, and then I thought we played pretty well."

He'd get no argument from Loyola coach Pat Coyle, who saw her team commit 32 turnovers and shoot 24 percent from the field.

"We saw plenty of tapes of Oklahoma, but tapes don't give you an indication of their size, quickness, thickness and strength," // Coyle said. "They eventually just wore us down."

Oklahoma (22-8) erased a 12-9 deficit by pounding the ball inside to the 6-foot-5 Jones, 6-3 Mandy Wade and 6-0 Sheri Black.

The Greyhounds had no answer for Jones, who came off the bench to hit eight of 12 shots in 17 minutes.

Firing from point-blank range, Oklahoma extended a 43-25 halftime margin to 67-31 in the first nine minutes of the second half.

Meanwhile, the Greyhounds (20-9) struggled to muster any offense against the Sooners' towering zone. Loyola hit only four of 26 second-half field-goal tries and 13 of 54 overall.

"It got so bad at one point I wanted to stop the game to check to see if there was a lid on the basket," Coyle said. "But my hat is off to Oklahoma. They played good solid defense."

Stoffey was the Greyhounds' only offensive option. None of her teammates managed more than five points.

"I thought we played hard," said Stoffey, who ended her career with a school-record 2,467 points. "Oklahoma has a good ballclub. That's about it."

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