Women's Hoops Celebrates Senior Night

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 01, 2011

March 1, 2011

  2011 Senior Class
 Oklahoma State (15-12, 3-11 Big 12) vs. Oklahoma (19-9, 9-5 Big 12)
 Date  Wednesday, March 2, 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 Ch. 43 in OKC, COX Ch. 74 in Tulsa | ESPN Full Court PPV
 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)

• Watch seniors Danielle Robinson, Carlee Roethlisberger and Lauren Willis play their final game at the Lloyd Noble Center as No. 18 Oklahoma hosts Oklahoma State Wednesday, March 2, at 7 p.m.
• The game will be televised on the Sooner Sports Network with Bob Carpenter and Billy Tubbs calling the action.
• The Sooner Sports Network radio broadcast with Brian Brinkley will be on KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City and KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa.

• Wednesday's game marks the end of the Student Attendance Challenge.
• 2,000 rally towels will be distributed at the main entrances and Legacy Court.
• One lucky student will win a 40-inch flat screen TV
• First 500 students will receive a free T-shirt
• First 100 students will receive a free hot dog and Coke courtesy of OU Concessions

The Teams
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 17 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll. Oklahoma State is not ranked.
• OU is aiming for its sixth consecutive 20-win season, its 10th under Sherri Coale, and 16th in program history.
• The game marks the first consecutive home game for Oklahoma since Dec. 12. Oklahoma State is winless, 0-7, on the road this year.
• Oklahoma leads the overall series, 52-35, and has a 27-11 advantage in Norman.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 332-152 (.686) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Kurt Budkeis 109-79 (.580) in his sixth season at Oklahoma State and is 189-95 (.665) in his ninth overall.

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.

 Oklahoma State Projected Starters
 2010-11 Statistics
 Tiffany Bias
 9.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg
 Jenni Bryan
 3.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg
 Toni Young
 14.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg
 Carissa Crutchfield
 3.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg
 Vicky McIntyre
 10.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
 2010-11 Statistics
 Danielle Robinson
 19.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.8 apg
 Aaryn Ellenberg
 16.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg
 Lauren Willis
 2.5 ppg, 1.1 rpg
 Carlee Roethlisberger
 6.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg
 Nicole Griffin
 4.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg

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.

 Sooner to Watch 

Danielle Robinson | Sr. | Guard
Danielle Robinson will make her final start inside the Lloyd Noble Center and the 134th of her career, the third most ever by a Sooner, Wednesday night. Robinson has led the Sooners to 100 victories in her four seasons, including a program record 54 at home.


Oklahoma State comes to Norman looking to break a four-game losing streak and take its first road win of the season. The Cowgirls are 15-12 overall, but 3-11 in Big 12 Conference play.

Sophomore Toni Young leads OSU in points and rebounds, scoring 14.6 per game and collecting 8.9 boards. Young is the Big 12 leader in double-doubles and has four in her last six games.

Freshmen Vicky McIntyre, averaging 10.6 points, and Tiffany Bias, 9.3 points, are Oklahoma State's second- and third-leading scorers.

McIntyre totaled a team-leading 14 points and 11 rebounds in OSU's 57-48 loss to Texas Tech Saturday. Bias had 11 points and six assists, but also counted six turnovers against the Lady Raiders.

Oklahoma has won the last seven meetings between the two teams and 23 of the last 24.

Positive Correlation
In every game OU has lost this season, it has failed to score as many second-chance points as it has totaled offensive rebounds. With only one exception (UW-Milwaukee) in games won by 10 points or more, OU has a 1:1 ratio or higher in second-chance points per offensive rebounds.

Robinson an Academic All-American
Danielle Robinson was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Women's Basketball Team on Thursday, Feb. 24. She was the lone representative from the Big 12 Conference. The senior maintains a 3.50 GPA in sociology and is the seventh OU women's basketball player to have earned the distinction.

Robinson a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalist
Oklahoma's Danielle Robinson is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in women's basketball. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Fan voting counts for one-third of the total balloting and will be conducted online at www.seniorclasssaward.com and via Facebook through March 20.

Fans are able to vote for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award nominees once each day through March 20. Click here to vote for Danielle Robinson.

Robinson Approaching Rare Benchmark
Danielle Robinson crossed the 2,000-point plateau against Colorado (Feb. 23) and is on pace to become the third top-level women's college basketball player, and the second in NCAA Division I competition, to total 2,000 points, 700 assists and 300 steals in a career. Previously, only Dawn Staley and Nancy Lieberman had reached those benchmarks. Robinson trails the milestones by 16 assists and eight steals.

Players with 2,000 Points/700 Assists/300 Steals
Dawn Staley, Virginia (1989-92): 2,135 points, 729 assists, 454 steals
*Nancy Lieberman, Old Dominion (1977-80): 2,430 points, 961 assists, 512 steals

Players with 2,000 Points/600 Assists/300 Steals
Kim Perrott, Louisiana-Lafayette (1987-90): 2,157 points, 654 assists, 421 steals

*Pre-NCAA statistics

Oklahoma's Big 12 Dominance
No Big 12 team has won more games, titles or honors since the formation of the 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 (156-82, .656), all of which have come under Sherri Coale, a record four-time Big 12 Coach of the Year.

OU has won a league-high six regular-season conference crowns and four Big 12 Championship titles. Additionally, Sooners have won Big 12 Player of the Year six times, including Courtney Paris, who had a three-year streak taking the award. OU has also tallied five Big 12 Freshmen of the Year, including 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.

Seniors Capture Career Home Wins Mark
In their 57th home game on Jan. 19 vs. Texas Tech, the 2011 seniors (Danielle Robinson, Carlee Roethlisberger, Lauren Willis) set the program for home wins over a four-year span. The 2011 class now has 54 wins in 61 games (53 of 60 at the Lloyd Noble Center), passing the 2010 class, who completed their time with 50 total home wins in 58 games.

Sooners Lead Academic All-Big 12 Team
Six Sooners were named to the 46-member 2011 Academic All-Big 12 Women's Basketball Team, the league office announced Tuesday. OU's six student-athletes on the team matched Kansas State for the leading total.

Joanna McFarland, a chemistry/biochemistry sophomore, was the lone player from the conference to carry a 4.0 GPA and was joined on the first team (3.20 GPA or above) by Whitney Hand, Jasmine Hartman, Danielle Robinson and Lauren Willis. Carlee Roethlisberger was named to the second team (3.00-3.19 GPA).

Oklahoma visits Texas Tech Saturday, March 5, in Lubbock for its regular season finale.





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