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The Oklahoma women’s basketball team will make their 16th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament when the Sooners face Quinnipiac University on Saturday at 3:00 central time in Stanford, California.

This is not just another trip to the Big Dance for Oklahoma, however.

Late in conference play, the Sooners were struggling with a 5-5 record, battling a very difficult schedule with one of the youngest teams head coach Sherri Coale has ever had.

Oklahoma responded though, getting consistent play from junior center Kaylon Williams and sophomore Gioya Carter to help the Sooners win the first seven conference games.

Texas A&M sophomore transfer Peyton little got hot and was OU’s best player the last two thirds of Big 12 play, and Oklahoma finished in a solid second place in the Big 12, a full four games ahead of four other teams.

Now OU is back in the Big Dance and with a chance to get back to Oklahoma for the Oklahoma City regional.

To do it, they will need to win two games.

First up is Quinnipiac, who enters the NCAA Tournament on a 21-game winning streak.

The Bobcats won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conferences regular season title, ending Marist’s run of 11 straight championships.

QU then won the MAAC Tournament, stopping Marist’s nine year streak in that event.

The Bobcats are experienced, with nine players that are juniors or seniors.

All five starters are seniors, led by first team All-MAAC forward Samantha Guastella, who leads the Bobcats with 12.9 points a game and nearly 6 rebounds a game.

Oklahoma and Quinnipiac both practiced Friday at Maples Pavilion on the Stanford campus.

Tipoff is set for 3:00 central time Saturday.

The winner will play Monday at 5:30 central time against the winner of Saturday’s second game between host Stanford and Cal State-Northridge.