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OU WBB : Sooners Advance to Round Of 32 Behind Tough Defense

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The sixth seeded Oklahoma Sooners defeated the 11th seeded Purdue Boilmakers, 61-45, in a low scoring first round match up in the NCAA Tournament. The Sooners held Purdue to just 15 first half points, and controlled the game from start to finish to advance.

Peyton Little had 20 points for Oklahoma, and Maddie Manning had a great game with 12 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks and assists. Manning will be a huge key for Oklahoma if they hope to make it farther in the tournament.

For the 11th time in 12 seasons, Oklahoma will advance to the Round of 32. That's a phenomenal feat for head coach Sherri Coale, who's looking to make yet another Sweet 16.

In the Sooners way is third seeded Kentucky (if they win today), who has home court advantage in the Lexington regional. Kentucky will be a tall task for the Sooners, but if Oklahoma comes out and plays defense the way they did today they have a chance of advancing even further in the tournament.

Oklahoma does have momentum coming into it, winning their last five games against teams not named Baylor. If they can keep up this level of play, then a Sweet 16 run is very possible.