Women's Hoops Hosts Year of the Fan

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 18, 2011

Jan. 18, 2011

  Carlee Roethlisberger
 Texas Tech (16-1, 3-0 Big 12) vs. No. 14 Oklahoma (13-3, 3-0 Big 12)
 Date  Wednesday, Jan. 19, 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
 KWTV-9 (COX 10/709 HD) in Oklahoma City | COX Ch. 3 in Tulsa
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City | KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
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 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

• Two of the Big 12's four teams with spotless conference records meet when No. 13/14 Oklahoma hosts No. 25 Texas Tech Wednesday at 7 p.m.
• The OU Athletics Department celebrates the Year of the Fan with several giveaways that will occur during Wednesday's game.
• The game will be televised on the Sooner Sports Network with Bob Carpenter and Debbie Antonelli calling the action.
• The radio broadcast with Brian Brinkley will be on KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City and KTBZ AM 1430 in Tulsa.

As a way of saying "thank you", the OU Athletics Department has designated the 2010-11 school year as the Year of the Fan. In celebration of you, the fan, at Wednesday's OU women's basketball game, the OU Athletics Department is giving away the Year of the Fan pin to the first 5,000 through the doors and other great prizes during timeouts. Those prizes include:

• iPad • $100 Circle K Gas Card • MacBook with printer
• iPod • Nintendo Wii • Apple TV
• iPod Shuffle • Midfirst Bank $100 Gift Card  

The Teams
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 13 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
• Texas Tech is receiving votes in the AP Poll and is No. 25 in the Coaches' Poll.
• Texas Tech leads the overall series, but Oklahoma holds a 12-8 advantage in Norman and has won the last 10 consecutive meetings.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 326-146 (.691) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Kristy Curry is 81-63 (.563) in her fifth season with the Lady Raiders and 260-114 (.695) in her 12th 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.

 Texas Tech Projected Starters
 2010-11 Statistics
 Jordan Barncastle
 6.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg
 Teena Wickett
 10.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg
 Casey Morris
 9.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg
 Kierra Mallard
 13.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg
 Monique Smalls
 5.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg


 Oklahoma Projected Starters
 2010-11 Statistics
 Danielle Robinson
 19.0 ppg, 5.4 apg
 Aaryn Ellenberg
 15.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg
 Whitney Hand
So. (RS)
 14.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg
 Carlee Roethlisberger
 6.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg
 Joanna McFarland
 7.4 ppg, 7.9 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.

In the Polls
The Sooners are No. 13 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and No. 14 in the Associated Press Poll this week.

In the 605 week history of the AP Women's Basketball Top 25 Poll, the Sooners have been listed 206 times, including 185 weeks under Sherri Coale.

Oklahoma has remained in the Top 25 of both polls since the beginning of 2005-06 season, a total of 104 weeks in the AP poll and 101 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.

Robinson Big 12 Player of the Week
Danielle Robinson earned her second Big 12 Player of the Week honor of the season, and sixth of her career, after averaging 25.0 points, 5.0 steals and 4.0 rebounds in nail-biting victories over Kansas State (Jan. 12) and Texas in overtime (Jan. 16).

 Sooner to Watch 

Danielle Robinson | Sr. | Guard
The Big 12 Player of the Week totaled 50 points in her last two games, leading the Sooners to victories over Kansas State and Texas. Robinson, who averages 17.3 points against the Lady Raiders, looks to add to Oklahoma's 10-game winning streak against Texas Tech Wednesday night.


Texas Tech has been the surprise of the early part of the conference season after parlaying a 13-1 pre-conference record into a 3-0 start in league play.

The Lady Raiders needed two overtime periods to get past Kansas State, 68-66, last Saturday after beating Kansas, 61-57, and Missouri, 63-56.

Texas Tech's post players, Kierra Mallard and Teena Wickett, lead the way for the Lady Raiders. Mallard is the team's top scorer and rebounder, averaging 13.3 points and 7.8 boards. Wickett contributes 10.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Wickett is also second on the team in assists, with 3.6 per game.

Sophomore transfer Casey Morris, who played for California when the Sooners made their record comeback two seasons ago, averages 9.3 points.

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 (150-77, .659), 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.

Seniors Can Pass Career Home Wins Mark
The 2011 senior class of Danielle Robinson, Carlee Roethlisberger and Lauren Willis is currently tied with the 2010 class for most home wins in a four-year career. The 2010 seniors accumulated 50 wins in 58 home games while the 2011 class is entering its 57th home game (56th at the Lloyd Noble Center) Wednesday night against Texas Tech.

Possession Obsession
Oklahoma's defense has stifled its Big 12 opponents, allowing only 54 field goals and forcing 61 turnovers in conference play.

This season, the Sooners have scored 345 points off turnovers, 27 percent of their total scoring (1,284 points). The Sooner defense has allowed just 323 field goals and forced 322 turnovers.

Postgame Notes: Oklahoma vs. Texas
• Oklahoma won its fourth straight game against Texas in Austin, 71-67, in overtime. OU improved the program's record in overtime games to 15-14. The Sooners are now 7-7 in road overtime games and 11-5 under head coach Sherri Coale. It was Oklahoma's first overtime win against Texas in three tries.

• The victory was the 650th overall for the University of Oklahoma women's basketball team, now 650-440 (.596) all-time. It was also the 150th win, a league-leading mark, for the Sooners in Big 12 regular season play.

• For the second straight game, Oklahoma shot its lowest field goal percentage in a win under Coale. The Sooners made just 31.2 percent of its attempts (24-of-77) Sunday against Texas after shooting 32.2 percent (19-of-59) against Kansas State.

Oklahoma travels to Kansas, meeting the Jayhawks in Allen Fieldhouse Sunday, Jan. 23.




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