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Date: Thursday, November 14, 2002
Time: 6 p.m.
Site: Lloyd Noble Center (11,100)
Radio: KOMA (1520 AM)
Tickets: Tickets are still available for $5.
SETTING THE SCENE Quickly:Oklahoma concludes its exhibition season with a 6 p.m. tip against Solna Vikings of Sweden on Thursday, Nov. 14, inside the Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners defeated Oklahoma Christian, 93-61, in its first exhibition game before opening the season with a 94-68 loss to No. 2 Tennessee Sunday.
Radio: Sooner fans can listen to all of OU's games on KOMA (1520 AM) or on the internet at www.soonersports.com.
Rankings: Oklahoma - No. 22 AP and No. 19 in USA Today/ESPN Coaches preseason polls
Tickets: Season tickets 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 soonersports.com. Thursday's exhibition tickets may be purchased at the door. Ticket price are $5. OU students with a valid I.D. are admitted free.
Exhibition Success: Oklahoma is now 11-4 in exhibition play over the past seven years. Earlier this year, the Sooners defeated Oklahoma Christian, 93-61, in front of 4,366 fans inside the Lloyd Noble Center. OU also defeated Oklahoma Christian, 90-62, and Southwestern Oklahoma State, 82-46, last year. For the 1990s, OU went 9-7 in preseason action and boasts a 7-0 mark since 2000. Oklahoma hosted a Swedish team, Norrkopoing Proderm, in an exhibition game on Nov. 8, 1999. Solna's Johanna Axelsson was a member of that team as well. OU won 91-52.
A LOOK AT SOLNA The Solna Vikings were founded in 1959, and over the years has been a top club in both of the top Swedish basketball leagues. The women's team from Solna has won four Swedish National Championships, including this past year. The club has an extensive youth program with over 80 teams, with ages ranging from 8-year-olds to juniors. It is located in Solna, one of the closest suburbs to Sweden's capital, Stockholm.
Players to watch: Cecilia Ferm (#12, 5-10 guard) plays for both the Swedish National Team and the Deaf National Team. Tove Jarneland (#6, 6-0 center) is a key player for the Swedish Junior National Team.
Solna opened its tour against American collegiate teams with a 99-49 loss at Kansas State (Nov. 8), followed by a 86-46 loss to Missouri (Nov. 10) and 78-50 loss to Southwest Missouri State (Nov. 11). The Vikings will face Tulsa (Nov. 12) and Kansas (Nov. 13) before facing the Sooners on Nov. 14.
Guard Anna Hglund has produced a team-best 9.7 points per game, while forward Ceceilla Ferm averages a team-best 5.6 rebounds per game.
SIGNING PERIOD The fall early signing period begins Wednesday, Nov. 13, and runs through Wednesday, Nov. 20.
ATTENDANCE IS SOARING Oklahoma has gone from 579 fans at its first exhibition game of the season in 2000 to a much improved 4,233 crowd in its first outing of the 2002-03 season.
Not only has exhibition attendance increased over the last three years, OU's season ticket sales have skyrocketed. For the 2002-03 campaign Oklahoma has already sold over 3,300 of its targeted 6,000 season tickets. Last year 3,091 season tickets were sold and 779 in 2001 and 636 in 2000.
Sooner fans also support the women's basketball team in postseason action. Norman, Okla., has been the only NCAA sub-regional site sold out for the past two years.
Of Oklahoma's top 27 attendance marks inside the Lloyd Noble Center, 23 have been established since OU Head Coach Sherri Coale's arrival in 1996-97. Six of OU's top-10 figures were set last season, including the top two.
OU PICKS UP WIN IN EXHIBITION Oklahoma converted on its inside shots and made 13-of-14 free throws to jump out to a 62-28 halftime lead over Oklahoma Christian in the first exhibition game of the season Tuesday night inside the Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners ended the game with a 93-61 victory and saw all eight newcomers contribute to the offense as they accounted for 72 percent of the team's total points.
Newcomer Theresa Schuknecht, a 6-3 center, led the way for the Sooners in the first half, converting 10-of-13 field goals and all six of her free throw attempts for 26 points. The senior also added seven first-half rebounds. She finished with a game-high 28 points and nine rebounds in 27 minutes of action.
Oklahoma scored the game's first four points at the free throw line and got off to a 9-0 lead, capped by a three-point shot by senior Caton Hill. Hill, who injured her left elbow late in the first half fighting for a loose ball, only played 18 minutes but accounted for 11 points, hitting 5-of-6 shots from the field, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Hill did not play in the second half.
Junior transfer Maria Villarroel also scored in double figures with 14 points. She added four rebounds in her first outing as a Sooner. Sophomore guard Dionnah Jackson produced game highs of 10 rebounds and nine assists while directing the Sooners' offense. Eleven of 13 players scored for Oklahoma. OU's four freshmen played significant minutes in the game and contributed a combined 24 points to the team's total.
Oklahoma shot 63.9 percent from the field in the first half and 51.6 percent for the game. The Sooners also converted 13-of-14 first-half free throws and 23-of-36 overall. OU out-rebounded Oklahoma Christian 59-33 and dished out 23 assists compared to OC's six.
Oklahoma Christian was led in scoring by Elizabeth Mullins with 24 points. Kimya Murray and Lauren Decker each scored 11 for the Lady Eagles.