Jan. 11, 2011

 
  Danielle Robinson
 Kansas State (11-3, 1-0 Big 12) vs. No. 15 Oklahoma (11-3, 1-0 Big 12)
 Date  Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2011 | 7:07 p.m
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center | Seating Views
 Tickets  $5, $8 and $15; Free to OU students with valid OU I.D.
 OU Athletics Ticket Office
 TV  Sooner Sports Network
 KAUT TV-43 (COX 16) in Oklahoma City | COX Ch. 3 in Tulsa
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City | KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
 Webcast  SoonerSports.com All-Access
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

WEDNESDAY'S GAME PLAN
• Oklahoma hosts its Big 12 home opener against Kansas State Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m.
• The game will be televised on the Sooner Sports Network, KAUT Ch. 43 (COX 16) in Oklahoma City and COX Channel 3 in Tulsa.
• The radio broadcast with Brian Brinkley will be on KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City and KTBZ AM 1430 in Tulsa.
• Sherri Coale will be honored in pre-game with an Inaugural United Nation NGO Positive Peace Award for a legacy of inspring community service.
• Following 14 months of knee rehab, redshirt-sophomore Whitney Hand will play her first game in the Lloyd Noble Center since Nov. 21, 2009.

The Teams
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 14 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and No. 15 in the Associated Press Poll. Kansas State is unranked.
• Oklahoma holds the series advantage over Kansas State, 28-22, and leads in Norman, 13-9. OU has a seven-game winning streak against the Wildcats.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 324-146 (.689) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson is 290-167 (.634) in her 15th year with the Wildcats.

Tickets for Sooner Women's Basketball
• OU Season Tickets are available for as low as $140. Tickets may be purchased online at SoonerSports.com or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-456-GoOU. Single-game tickets are $15 for reserved seating, $8 for general admission adults and $5 for general admission youths and senior citizens. OU students receive free admission with a valid ID.

 Kansas State Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
2
 Brittany Chambers
G
5-8
So.
 15.4 ppg, 5.7rpg
11
 Chantay Caron
F
5-11
Fr.
 4.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg
21
 JuliAnne Chisholm
F
5-11
Jr.
 2.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg
22
 Mariah White
G
5-8
So.
 3.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg
33
 Jalana Childs
F
6-2
Jr.
 11.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
13
 Danielle Robinson
G
5-9
Sr.
 18.1 ppg, 6.0 apg
3
 Aaryn Ellenberg
G
5-7
Fr.
 16.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg
25
 Whitney Hand
G
6-1
So. (RS)
 21.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
10
 Carlee Roethlisberger
F
6-1
Sr.
 6.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg
53
 Joanna McFarland
C
6-3
So.
 7.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg

PREVIEWING OKLAHOMA
The Sooners enter 2010-11 following back-to-back trips to the Final Four. OU returns eight letterwinners from the squad, including three starters, and introduces five newcomers. Oklahoma was picked by the league's coaches to finish third in the Big 12 Conference this season.

Preseason All-American Danielle Robinson leads the team after a standout junior season in which she averaged 16.8 points and 5.3 assists.

Redshirt sophomore Whitney Hand, the 2009 Big 12 Freshman of the Year who suffered an ACL injury five games into the 2009-10 season returned to action on Jan. 2.

The Sooners introduce five newcomers, including high school All-Americans Aaryn Ellenberg and Nicole Griffin.

Coale to Receive UN Peace Award
OU head coach Sherri Coale was selected the winner of a United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award, announced earlier in the week by Celebrate Positive. The award, viewed as a 21st century peace prize, honors and recognizes individuals, businesses, athletes, sports teams, entertainers and schools around the world for their positive contributions.

"This is really a program award," Coale said. "I accept it on behalf of our current staff and players and all of our former coaches and players who continue to give back and lead through service in their respective communities. I so appreciate the recognition for our program but, as our players past and present can attest, the rewards come from the doing. It is truly an honor to have such a platform from which to serve."

Coale will be presented with the award before Wednesday's game versus Kansas State.

Robinson on Wooden Midseason Top 20
Oklahoma's Danielle Robinson is among the women's basketball players listed in the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 20, announced Jan. 11 by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

The list is comprised of 20 student-athletes who are considered the current frontrunners for the national award, including a record nine finalists for last year's honor.

D-Rob's Honors and Watch Lists
Senior guard Danielle Robinson has been touted as the game's top point guard this season, and the watch lists have given notice as she appears as a candidate for virtually every award.

• Preseason Associated Press All-America First Team
• Preseason Wooden Award Watch List
• Wooden Award Midseason Top 20
• Preseason Wade Trophy Watch List
• Preseason Naismith Trophy Watch List
• Preseason All-Big 12 First Team
• Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Candidate

In the Polls
The Sooners are No. 14 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and No. 15 in the Associated Press Poll this week.

In the 604 week history of the AP Women's Basketball Top 25 Poll, the Sooners have been listed 205 times, including 184 weeks under Sherri Coale.

Oklahoma has remained in the Top 25 of both polls since the beginning of 2005-06 season, a total of 103 weeks in the AP poll and 100 in the coaches' (including preseason and final polls).

Oklahoma highest ranking in either poll is No. 2, which it was ranked following the 2002 season and for a few weeks in 2008-09. The Sooners ended the past two seasons at No. 4 and No. 3.

Ellenberg is Big 12 Freshman of the Week Once Again
Oklahoma's Aaryn Ellenberg has been voted the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. Ellenberg totaled a game-high 19 points and team-leading six rebounds in Oklahoma's 70-50 win at Nebraska last Saturday. It is the second such honor this season for the Las Vegas native.

 
 Sooner to Watch 

Danielle Robinson | Sr. | Guard
Named Tuesday to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 watch list, Robinson enters the game leading a senior class that has a chance to match the program record for home wins in a career at 50. The point guard is averaging 18.1 points and 6.0 assists.

   

PREVIEWING KANSAS STATE
Kansas State extended its win streak in Big 12 home openers to 10 with a 63-45 decision over Oklahoma State on Jan. 9 in front of the largest crowd in over four seasons in Bramlage Coliseum (9,024).

The Wildcats were bolstered in the win over the Cowgirls with a hot performance from beyond the arc, as K-State was a season-high 12-of-24 from distance.

The Wildcats had four players reach double figures against Oklahoma State, led by the efforts of Brittany Chambers and Alina Voronenko. The duo each tallied 16 points and four made 3-point field goals. In addition to her 16 points, Chambers pulled in nine rebounds and dished out three assists.

With 16 points, Chambers reached the 600-point barrier for her career and notched her 33rd career game with 10 or more points. The guard leads the Wildcats in scoring and ranks 13th in the Big 12 with 15.4 points per game. She also ranks third in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (2.8) and is third on the team in rebounding (5.7 rpg).

Voronenk broke out with a career-high effort in points, 3-point field goals made, field goals made (6) and minutes played (20).

Whitney Watch
Fort Worth, Texas, native Whitney Hand returned to the court in her hometown against TCU on Jan. 2 after 401 days and 45 missed games of ACL and cartilage rehab.

Hand started the game and set career highs in points and rebounds with 24 and 11, respectively.

Wednesday's game versus Kansas State will be her first inside the Lloyd Noble Center since Nov. 21, 2009.

Oklahoma's Big 12 Dominance
No Big 12 team has won more games, titles or honors since the formation of conference than Oklahoma.

Since the league was formed for the 1996-97 season, the Sooners have appeared in three Final Fours (2002, 2009, 2010) and have the most Big 12 victories and highest overall winning percentage (148-77, .658), all of which have come under Sherri Coale who has been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year a record four times.

The Sooners have won a league-high six regular-season conference crowns and four Big 12 Championship titles. In addition, Oklahoma players have won Big 12 Player of the Year six times, including Courtney Paris, who had a streak of three years taking the award. OU has also tallied five Big 12 Freshmen of the Year, including current Sooners Danielle Robinson (2008) and Whitney Hand (2009).

Oklahoma's 11-game NCAA Championship appearance streak is also the longest active streak among Big 12 teams. Baylor, in second place, has been to the tournament the last seven years.

Simliar Start
Oklahoma 10-3 pre-conference record puts the Sooners in familiar territory on the eve of Big 12 play. The 2005-06 team carried a 10-3 record before going undefeated (19-0) in conference play, earning Big 12 regular season and tournament championships. The 2009-10 Final Four team also began the year 10-3.

Seniors Look to Match Career Home Wins Mark
Entering their 56th home game Wednesday hosting Kansas State, the 2011 seniors' (Danielle Robinson, Carlee Roethlisberger, Lauren Willis) will have their first chance to match the program for home wins over a four-year span. The 2011 class is currently tied with the 2009 senior class for second most in OU history with 49. The 2010 class completed their four years with 50 total home wins in 58 games.

NEXT UP
Oklahoma visits Texas at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin Sunday, Jan. 16, at 12:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.