Sooners Set For Sam Houston State

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 25, 2002

Nov. 25, 2002

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Oklahoma-Sam Houston Tidbits
Quickly:The nationally-ranked Oklahoma women's basketball team (2-1) opens its home season Tuesday, Nov. 26, against Sam Houston State (1-1) at 7 p.m. inside the Lloyd Noble Center. OU looks to extend its 23-game home winning streak which ranks second best among current NCAA home winning streaks.

TV: None

Radio: All of OU's games will be broadcast live on KOMA (1520-AM) and on the Internet at Brian Brinkley will provide the play-by-play and Tara DeGiusti will be the color analyst for the women's basketball radio network.

Rankings: Oklahoma - No. 23 AP and No. 25 in USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls (as of 11-19)

Series Records: The all-time series between the two programs is tied at one game apiece. OU handed Sam Houston State a 47-point loss, 97-60, in 2000 and lost to the Bearkats, 90-86, in 1990. Both games were played in Norman.

Coaches: Sherri Coale (Oklahoma Christian, 1987) is in her seventh season at the helm of the OU women's basketball program. The Healdton, Okla., native directed the Sooners to their first Final Four and national championship game appearance a year ago. Coale also has three Big 12 regular season titles under her belt and owns an overall record of 115-74. (For more information on Coale see page 3).

Erika Ritter (Oklahoma, 1990) is beginning her ninth season at Sam Houston State. She served her first four years as an assistant coach and is in her fifth year as the head coach. Ritter has guided the Bearkats to three Southland Conference post-season playoff appearance. A former Oklahoma All-Big Eight selection, Ritter served as an assistant coach at Arizona State and Iona before joining the SHSU staff. She holds a 48-89 record as head coach of the Bearkats.

Tickets: Season ticket packages are still available. Reserved season tickets are priced at $85 - a 40 percent discount off the regular adult admission price. To order tickets or for more ticket information, fans should call (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-GoOU during regular business hours. Tickets may also be purchased online at

Home Sweet Home
The Lloyd Noble Center has become a safe haven for the Sooners as they sport an impressive 40-3 record (.930 winning percentage) inside the building over the last three seasons. Last year, OU produced a perfect 14-0 home record and is currently on a 23-game home winning streak. The Sooners have not lost a game inside the facility since Iowa State handed the Sooners an 81-79 buzzer beater defeat on Jan. 6, 2001.

OU's current winning streak ranks second best among active NCAA marks. The school record is 26 consecutive home victories (Feb. 18, 1984 to Feb. 22, 1986).

Sooner Coach Sherri Coale is 56-21 at home (.727 winning percentage), while the program is 195-76 (.720 winning percentage) overall.

A Look At Oklahoma
The Sooners improved their record to 2-1 on the season with victories over Tulsa, 65-61, and Oral Roberts, 70-42, in the Bertha Teague Classic in Tulsa, Okla., last weekend. OU now stands 14-1 in the Bertha Teague Classic.

As a team, Oklahoma shot 42.1 percent from the field (45-of-107) and 70.6 percent from the foul line (36-of-51) during the two-day tournament. OU also averaged 67.5 points to its opponents' 51.5 points per game, however, the Sooners were out rebounded, 36.0-to-40.5.

A Look at Sam Houston

Sam Houston State opened its season last weekend with a victory over Eastern Illinois, 64-61, before losing to Monmouth, 77-70, at the Central Florida Classic in Kissimmee, Fla. The Bearkats rallied from a 37-30 halftime deficit to defeat Eastern Illinois. Freshman Stephanie Trachier scored 16 points and three other players scored in double digits.

In the classic's second round, Monmouth overcame a 37-30 halftime lead to defeat Sam Houston 77-70 despite 23 points by Stacy Allen.



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