AUSTIN, Texas -- Making its eighth trip to the second round in 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, the No. 3-seed Oklahoma women’s basketball (27-4) team will play No. 6-seed Marquette (26-6) on Monday night at 6 Central in action at the Austin Subregional.
The game will air live on ESPN/2 with Dave Barnett (play-by-play), Van Chancellor (color) and Holly Rowe (sideline) calling the action. The game can be found on the radio dial on KOKC-1520 AM and throughout the Sooners Sports Radio Network with the regular duo of Brian Brinkley (play-by-play) and Tara DeGiusti (color).
OU is attempting to punch its ticket to the Sweet 16 in Dayton, Ohio. OU has reached five Sweet 16s in the program’s history, including last season when OU advanced to San Antonio before losing to Stanford. The last time OU played a Big East member in the NCAA Tourney was in the 2002 National Championship Game against Connecticut. All-time OU is 1-2 against the Big East in the Big Dance. The one win came over Villanova in 2002. Both losses were to UConn.
OU advanced to the second round with a 74-60 win over Southeast Missouri State. OU was led by Jenna Plumley (20 points) and Leah Rush (19 points). Plumley canned six 3-pointers and dished out seven assists, one off her career high. OU led by three points at halftime but turned up its defense in the second half, limiting SEMO to 28.6 percent shooting.
Marquette went 12-4 in Big East play this season with its losses coming to Pitt, Rutgers, UConn and Seton Hall. The Golden Eagles are led by point guard Krystal Ellis (18.2 ppg) and post Christina Quaye (16.3 ppg). Ellis and Quaye led MU with 17 points apiece as the Golden Eagles advanced to the round of 32 with a 87-58 win over Louisiana-Lafayette in the opening round.
If OU wins Monday, it will play Sunday, March 26 in Dayton. Game time and opponent are yet to be determined.
Setting The Scene
Date: Monday, March 19, 2007
Event: NCAA Tournament
Location: Austin, Texas
Venue: Erwin Center (16,755)
Tipoff: 6 PM
TV Talent: Dave Barnett, Van Chancellor & Holly Rowe
Radio: Sooner Sports Radio Network & Yahoo! Radio (subscription)
Radio Talent: Brian Brinkley & Tara DeGiusti
Radio Broadcast Info
Tickets: (800) 456-GoOU & (800) 982-BEVO
Player To Watch
Courtney Paris needs just four boards Monday to reach 700 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks for the second consecutive season. The feat is something that no other player on the men’s or women’s side has accomplished during the NCAA era. And Paris is on the verge of doing it in consecutive seasons. Paris should reach the milestone her 32nd game this season, which is two games ahead of her pace as a freshman in 2005-06. The sophomore All-American has increased her scoring from 21.9 to 23.2 and rebounding to 15.0 to 16.0 this season.
700 - 500 - 100
Last season Courtney Paris became the first player in NCAA history to score 700 points, clear 500 rebounds and block 100 shots in a single season. She is on the verge of accomplishing the feat again.
Courtney Paris is four rebounds shy of 500. She already has 707 points and 105 blocks. Paris is averaging 16.2 rebounds per game this season.
Last season Paris accomplished the feat in OU’s NCAA opener vs. Pepperdine, which was the 33rd game of the year.
CP3’s NCAA Records
Single Season Rebounds - 539 (2005-06)
Freshman Single Season - 539 (2005-06)
Freshman Single Season - 119 (2005-06)
Fastest to 1,000 Career Rebounds - 66 games
Fastest to 1,500 points & 1,000 rebounds - 67 games
Only player in NCAA history to have
700 Points, 500 Rebounds and 100 Blocks in a season
First Freshman to lead NCAA in Rebounding (2005-06)
NCAA Record #7
Courtney Paris reached 1,500 career points and 1,000 career rebounds early in her 67th career game, setting a new NCAA standard for pace to the career totals. Paris’ second field goal against Southeast Missouri (M17) clinched the seventh NCAA record of Paris two-year career.
Molly McGuire (2,147 points, 1,071 rebounds) and Caton Hill (1,653 points, 1,052 rebounds) are the only players in OU history with at least 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds. Only five players - Sophia Young, Stacy Stephens, Angie Welle, Kendra Wecker and Hill - have eclipsed 1,000 career points and rebounds during the Big 12 era.
Courtney Paris has 64 career double-doubles in 67 career games. She has recorded a double-double in 59 straight games. The streak began against UCLA on Dec. 5, 2005. The streak will be 476 days old when OU takes the court next.
Jenna Plumley emerged for OU when Sherri Coale decided to shake up her lineup by starting the freshman point guard nine games ago. Since Plumley entered the starting five, OU has won nine straight by an average of 12.8 points.
Plumley is averaging 11.4 points, 4.3 assists and 2 steals while shooting 48 percent from 3-point range and 49 percent from the field over the last nine games. Those numbers more than double her season averages of 5.5 points and 2.2 assists.
Plumley has made 24 three-pointers in the last nine games and has increased her season total to 37, which is third on the team. Plumley has played 476 minutes this season, which is the eighth highest total on the team.
Plumley has dished out seven or more assists on three occasions this season - all in the last nine games. No other player on OU’s squad has dished seven or more on multiple occasions.
Plumley and Chelsi Welch are also the only players not named Courtney Paris that have scored 20-plus points on multiple occasions this season. Plumley has done it three times in the last nine games, Welch has done it twice this season. Courtney Paris has led OU in scoring in 27 games this season, Plumley has three times and Leah Rush once.
Plumley’s Signature Games
Feb. 12 vs. Texas - 11 points, 8 assists, 5 steals Feb. 17 vs. Texas Tech 22 points, 6 three-pointers
Feb. 25 vs. Missouri - 6 assists, 4 steals
Feb. 28 vs. No. 16 Baylor - 7 assists, 3 steals
March 7 vs. Texas - 13 points, 5 assists, 4 3-pointers
March 8 vs. No. 18 Baylor - 24 points, 9-10 FTs
March 10 vs. Iowa State - 6 steals, 5 in the first half
March 17 vs. SE Missouri - 22 points, 7 assists, 6 threes
Ashley Turns It Up Too
The recent play of Leah Rush and Jenna Plumley has overshadowed the increased production from sophomore Ashley Paris. Paris has averaged 8.9 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 51.6 percent from the field in the last nine games. Ashley’s season numbers have improved across the board except in minutes and rebounds, which are down slightly from her rookie campaign.
Wrapping Up Southeast Missouri
Oklahoma is 27-4 on the season and 15-9 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. OU has reached the NCAA Tournament 10 times and has advanced to the second round eight times. OU is 4-11 all-time in the city of Austin. Saturday was the first time they have played a neutral site game in Austin. OU has won 36 of 42 games away from Norman the last two seasons.
OU has won nine straight, which equals it’s longest streak this season. OU began the season with nine straight wins before falling to fellow Dayton Regional participant Ohio State.
The top two rebounders in the NCAA this season, Courtney Paris and Lachelle Lyles, faced off in the first round matchup. Paris and Lyles both had three total rebounds in the first half. Paris finished the game with 11 rebounds, 10 defensive. Lyles finished with 10.
OU was 7-of-9 (.778) from 3-point range in the first half. OU finished the game 10-17 from deep. The Sooners have shot 42.9 percent from 3-point range in the last five games.
Saturday marked the third time in the last five games that OU has made at least six treys in the first half. OU also had six 3s in the first half against Bayor (2/28) and Texas (3/7).
Jenna Plumley was 6-10 from 3-point range. This ties her career-record for made three-pointers, which she previously set against Texas Tech on Feb. 7.
Leah Rush scored a season-high 19 points. Her previous season high was 18, set twice, including the last game against Iowa State (Big 12 Championship Game, 3/10/07).
If OU Wins...
It will advance to the Sweet 16 for the sixth time in 10 NCAA appearances.
It will play the team that advances to Dayton out of the Hartford subregional - (2) Maryland, (15) Harvard, (7) Mississippi and (10) TCU.
It will extend its winning streak to 10 games, which would be the longest of the 2006-07 season for OU and the longest since a 19-game win streak that ended in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
It will have 28 wins, which would be tied for the third highest total in program history. The school record is 32 wins set in 2002. OU also won 28 games in 2000-01.
It will improve to 2-2 against the Big East in the NCAA Tournament.
OU is shooting 42.9 percent (36-84) from 3-point range over the last five games, which includes a 10-17 effort in the first round against Southeast Missouri State
OU head coach Sherri Coale is 13-7 against ranked teams in postseason play, which includes Big 12 Tournament and NCAA Tournament action. Prior to Coale’s arrival at OU 11 years ago, the Sooners were just 1-11 all-time against ranked teams in postseason contests.
Jenna Plumley’s six treys against SEMO ties a Sherri Coale era record that has been reached eight times, including two times by Plumley and three times by Erin Higgins.
Plumley may give Higgins a run for her money in long distance 3-pointers. Her fourth 3-pointer against SEMO was a full step behind the line that marks the coach’s box (approximately 26 feet). Three of her six on Saturday night were from NBA range.
OU has won 36 of 42 games away from Norman over the last two seasons.
Leah Rush is averaging 13.3 points in OU’s four postseason games this year. She has posted her two highest totals of the year - 19 and 18 - in the last two games. Her season average is 9.8 points.
OU is 48-61 all-time against ranked opponents. This season OU is 6-3 against ranked teams with wins over UCLA, Baylor (three times), DePaul and New Mexico. OU is 42-33 all-time when it is ranked and facing a ranked team.
Marquette senior forward Efueko Osagie-Landry is an Oklahoma City native that attended Douglass High School. She was first team All-Big City selection as a senior.
Marquette reserve center Kelly Lam played her freshman season at Oklahoma in 2004-05 before transferring to the Golden Eagle program.
For the first time this season and the third time in her career, Courtney Paris failed to register a block in the game against Southeast Missouri.
OU has only committed 23 turnovers in the last two games. OU had 10 turnovers against SEMO and 13 against Iowa State in the Big 12 Postseason Championship Game. That is the lowest two game total at any point this season. The combined total of 16 between the two teams is the lowest in of the Sherri Coale era.
3-Point Threats Everywhere
While Erin Higgins is the most recognizable 3-point shooter on the OU roster, she hasn’t been the most efficient this season.
Chelsi Welch (44.3) leads the Big 12 in 3-point percentage, while Jennna Plumley ranks third at 42.5. Leah Rush (43.5) would rank third if she had the necessary 31 makes. Britney Brown (34.5) would also be among the Big 12’s top 15 if she had the necessary makes. As a team, OU ranks second in the Big 12 and 32nd nationally with a 3-point percentage of 36.4.
Welch, Rush and Plumley currently rank sixth, seventh and eighth respectively on the OU single season 3-point percentage record list.
Leah Rush is shooting 50 percent (8-16) from 3-point range in postseason play - Big 12 and NCAA Tourney - this season. Plumley has made 48 percent of her 3-point attempts since being inserted into the starting lineup nine games ago.
OU’s 10 turnovers were the lowest total by a Sooner team in an NCAA Tournament game. The previous low was 12 against Villanova in 2002.
Jenna Plumley set an OU NCAA Tournament record by making six three pointers in her Big Dance debut. The previous record of five treys was held by three players, including teammate Erin Higgins. Plumley’s 10 attempts also tied an OU tourney record.
OU tied a team NCAA Tournament record with 10 three-pointers. OU also made 10 treys against BYU in the tourney last season.
OU set a program NCAA Tournament record by shooting 56.9 from the field against SEMO. The previous record was 54.8 against Colorado in 2002.
OU also set a 3-point percentage record by canning 58.8 percent against SEMO. The previous best was 50 percent against BYU in last season’s tourney.