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Women's Hoops Behind The Lens: 8/19
August 24, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. -- Over the week of Aug. 15- 20 the Oklahoma women's basketball team will spend numerous hours behind the talented lens of California-based photographer John Rinek.

Each player and coach will be featured in a variety of profile shots that will eventually be used in the 2006-07 media guide.

The final day of shooting took place on Saturday with freshman Nyeshia Stevenson and Jenna Plumley.

Stevenson put her unbelievable athleticism on full display.  The rookie from Little Rock was captured in a series of movements as she went up and grabbed the rim, a rare feat in women's hoops.  The peak performer actually grabbed the rim with both hands for the first time during the photo shoot.

Plumley and head coach Sherri Coale attended the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic Annual Pow Wow on Satuday night.  Both Sooners were honored with a traditional dance and presented with Pendleton blankets.

An image from Stevenson's shoot is below, while the images from Plumley's shoot are still being processed.

Friday was the shortest day of shoots this week.  It began at the Norman residence of head coach Sherri Coale. 

After a few family pictures, Rinek captured Coach Coale and her daughter, Chandler, shooting hoops in the driveway.

After an extended afternoon break, Rinek and freshman Amanda Thompson traveled to the Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City.  After scouting several locations, the duo decided on two spots that would feature Thompson and the OKC skyline.

August 18 Gallery - Coale and Thompson

Fresh off a trip home to Springdale, Ark., Krista Sanchez joined Rinek at the Lloyd Noble Center practice on Thursday morning. The senior forward was featured in a close-up and a series of action shots.

Assistant coach Stacey Hansmeyer followed Sanchez. The location for Hansmeyer's shoot was in the women's locker room.  Her two playing jerseys, Norman high school and UConn, were featured prominently in the image.

The series of photos with Coach Coale continued on Thursday afternoon.  Rinek spent about a half hour in Coale's office taking candid shots of the Sooner mentor hard at work.

In the early evening the photo shoot moved from Coale's office to her home. The subject changed too.  It was  freshman Rose Hammond's turn.  Hammond cut loose on a trampoline in Coach Coale's backyard.

The long day of photo shoots finished with senior Chelsi Welch.  Welch was captured from an aerial view while shooting her patented baseline fall-away jumper.

A photo gallery from the day is below:

August 17 Gallery -Sanchez, Hansmeyer, Coale, Hammond, Welch

Wednesday's photo shoots began in the women's basketball film room at the Lloyd Noble Center.  The subject was assistant coach Jan Ross, who is often sited as one of the top X-and-O's coaches in the country.  On this morning she was diagramming a play, but this time she did it as a light drawing instead of on a dry-erase board.

In the afternoon Rinek began working with head coach Sherri Coale on a series of images portraying the numerous hats she wears as a head coach and mother.  The first images in the series were taken at Norman high school during her son Colton's football practice.

The day concluded in the early evening with Courtney Paris.  Paris took on the familar role of record breaker after posing for several images in her Team USA uniform.  Then Paris hit the parking lot for a set of images in front of the LNC marquee.

Below is a link to some of the images taken on Wednesday:

August 16 Gallery - Ross, Coale & Paris

On Tuesday, Erin Higgins woke up early and visited a local farm. The location is not unlike the barn where she mastered her shooting stroke during her elementary school days.

Leah Rush followed Higgins and took center stage on the arena floor at the Lloyd Noble Center.  Rush, who is regularly labeled a gym rat for her relentless work ethic, spent nearly an hour with Rinek and his crew.

Dual-sport athlete Carolyn Winchester was the subject of a series of shots taken in the media work room at Lloyd Noble.  The quickest study of the week, Winchester juggled a shot put and basketball in the dark throughout her shoot.

The afternoon was capped off with freshman Abi Olajuwon.  Olajuwon posed next to a life-size image of her father, Hakeem Olajuwon, during his playing days.

After sunset th entire squad came together for a proflie image with assistant coach Chad Thraikill, who is the lone male on the coaching staff. 

August 15 Gallery - Higgins, Rush, WInchester, Olajuwon, Thrailkill



On Monday, Britney Brown, Kendra Moore and Ashley Paris took turns with Rinek at a variety of spots around Norman.

In the morning, Brown spent 45 minutes at the "Welcome to Norman" sign on Main Street. 

Moore kicked off the afternoon with a series of shots on the practice court and in the media room at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Paris wrapped up the day on Monday evening on an outdoor court where she did a series of basketball moves under the thunderous clouds.

Soonersports.com and Rinek will give fans a glimpse at some of the images each day this week. Click on the August 14 Gallery link below for the images of Brown, Moore and Paris. 

August 14 Gallery - Brown, Moore, A. Paris


 

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