The Oklahoma women’s basketball team practiced at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Kentucky, on Friday, March 18, a day before they open play in the NCAA Tournament in the Lexington Region.
The Sooners are the #6 seed and will play the #11 seed Purdue on Saturday, March 19, at 12:30 central time.
OU is making its 17th straight tournament appearance.
Purdue is back in the Big Dance after a losing season last year.
The Sooners have a history of success against Purdue, winning all three meetings against the Boilermakers, including two games in the NCAA Tournament.
OU beat Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana, in 2000 to advance to the Sweet 16, then beat the Boilers in the regional final in 2009 in Oklahoma City to advance to the Final Four.
The Sooners are 21-10 on the season and are facing a Purdue team that is 20-11.
The Boilermakers are making their 25th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 28 years.
Purdue finished sixth in the Big Ten with a 10-8 conference record.
The winner of the OU-Purdue game advances to the second round on Monday to play the winner of Saturday’s second first round game between host Kentucky and UNC-Asheville.