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Sooners run over rival Buffaloes

Five years ago, Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale could offer recruits little beyond a down-and-out program and a sparkling vision that was more sunshine than substance.

Stacey Dales and LaNeishea Caufield bought into it, and now they're all going to the Final Four.

Caufield scored 25 and Dales had 20 points and nine assists as No. 1 seed Oklahoma rolled past No. 3 Colorado 94-60 Monday in the West Region final.

"These guys bought into a vision. They bought what I was selling," said Coale, who went 5-22 in her first season as coach in 1996-97. "And we're not finished."

Oklahoma faces East Region champion Duke in Friday's national semifinals in San Antonio.

Caufield shot 5-for-5 from 3-point range in the second half and scored 14 points during a 32-6 burst that helped Oklahoma (31-3) become the first Big 12 team to reach the Final Four.

Jamie Talbert and Rosalind Ross each scored 12 for Oklahoma, which lost in the third round the past two years. Coale has won three straight Big 12 titles but now has the Final Four she always believed she'd get.

"I'm speechless," Coale said. "I have thought about this for six years, and I know what I was going to say. Now, I have no idea."

Eisha Bohman led Colorado (24-10) with 18 points but the Buffaloes committed 29 turnovers, 15 above their season average.

"The defensive pressure and their physical strength really affected us," Colorado coach Ceal Barry said.

Colorado was within 46-42 on Tera Bjorkland's 3-point play with 15:35 to go, before Oklahoma's big run started.

Colorado forward Linda Lappe sprained her left ankle in the first half and didn't return.

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