The Edmond Sun

March 19, 2013

Edmond vs. Edmond in first round of NCAA women's tourney

Drew Harmon
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The first few rounds of the NCAA women's basketball tournament will feature an Edmond accent, in there is such a thing, as Edmond players are featured on teams all playing in the Southeast Regional.

The first round features an Edmond vs. Edmond matchup with Santa Fe grad Courtney Walker, who has started all of 3-seed Texas A&M's games this season, and Memorial's Alie Decker, who comes off the bench for 14-seed Wichita State. A&M will host that matchup and the next round, against the Nebraska/Chattanooga winner.

Seventh-seeded Oklahoma State and Liz Donohoe (Edmond North), the Cowgirls' second-leading scorer, will face off against DePaul in the first round; the winner will likely face 2-seed Duke at Cameron Indoor Arena in the next game.

Should OSU and A&M win out, the two teams will meet in the Sweet Sixteen March 30 in Norfolk, Va.

Donohoe, a 6-foot sophomore forward, leads the Cowgirls in 3-pointers with 60 and free throw percentage at .906, and is averaging 15 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

Walker, a 5-8 freshman guard, is averaging over 10 points a game, scored 39 points in the SEC tournament and has turned in several 20-point outings this season for the Aggies.

Together, the pair hold the past five All-Edmond Player of the Year awards and a host of hardware at the state high school level. Walker was the 2012 Gatorade girls basketball player of the year; Donohoe was the 2012 Big XII freshman of the year.