The OU women won their Big 12 opener Wednesday night 67-64 at Iowa State. Good win on the road. Good way to start conference play. Tenth-straight win. But let's be honest...Sherri's Sooners could go 16-0 in Big 12 play and it doesn't matter. They could win the Big 12 Tourney and it doesn't matter. Unless the Sooners make it to the Final Four in Tampa, this season will be a disappointment.
It is a credit to the program Coale herself has built. And it's a credit to the expectations that follow Courtney Paris. In two-and-a-half years on campus Paris has been phenomenal. She's broken every record in the books and become an international women's basketball superstar. But twice her Sooners have been prematurely bounced from The Dance.
Courtney Paris is really good. Sherri Coale is really good. OU is really good. But unless this season ends in Florida nothing else matters. Sorry ladies, you have set the bar high. Your tremendous success has lifted hopes to a new standard. Wins in Ames are nice, but landing in Tampa is a must.