Sooners Set For Matchup With Stanford

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 01, 2003

Jan. 1, 2003

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No. 19 Oklahoma (9-3) vs. No. 6/7 Stanford (8-1)

Sate: Friday, Jan. 3, 2003
Time: 7 p.m. PST
Site: Maples Pavilion
Television: Fox Sports Net (nationally)
Radio: KOMA (1520 AM)
Records: Oklahoma is 8-3 overall. Stanford is 8-1 overall.
Series: OU leads the all-time series, 2-1.

National Women's Basketball Showdown
Quickly:The 19th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners (9-3) concludes its 13-game non-conference schedule against No. 6/7 Stanford (8-1) in Stanford, Calif. This game, which is one of the top women's basketball matchups of the week, will be broadcast nationally by Fox Sports Net inside Maples Coliseum (7,317) on Friday, Jan. 3, at 9 p.m. CST.

OU opened the season by playing then-No. 2 Tennessee in a nationally televised game on ESPN in Knoxville.

The Sooners are 1-2 when playing ranked teams this year (lost to UT and UConn and defeated North Carolina).

This game is the first for both programs after the New Year.

Oklahoma enters the game after beating Southeast Missouri State, 87-59, on Dec. 28, at the Lloyd Noble Center, while Stanford swept a pair of Arizona schools; Arizona State (80-63) and No. 20/20 Arizona (82-74). SU stands at 2-0 in Pacific-10 player after these two wins.

TV: Friday's game will be broadcast nationally by Fox Sports Net at 7 p.m.
PST. Jim Watson will be handling play-by-play duties while Mary Murphy will serve as the color analyst.

Radio: This game will be the first game that will be broadcast on the Sooner Sports Network. An additional 15 stations will be carrying the OU-Stanford game. A list of stations can be found on page four of this release. As usual, all of the women's basketball games are broadcast live on KOMA (1520-AM) and on the Internet at Brian Brinkley and Tara DeGiusti will call the game for OU.

Rankings: Oklahoma is ranked 19th in both the AP and USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches polls, while Stanford is ranked sixth and seventh, respectively.

Series Records: This is the fourth game in the OU-Stanford series, which is led by the Sooners, 2-1. Games played in Norman, the Sooners stand at 2-0 all-time against the Cardinal; in games play inside Maples Pavilion OU stands at 0-1 (L, 91-66). The two teams have not never faced each other on a neutral court.

The rivalry started in 2001 when the two teams faced each other twice in Norman. OU won a 102-98 overtime battle in a game that was played even though a winter storm had just passed through Oklahoma and certain key players weren't even in town until a few hours before tip. The rematch took place in March when the Sooners hosted and eliminated the Cardinal, 67-50, in the second round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament in Norman.

Stanford and Washington State are the only two teams Oklahoma has defeated from the PAC-10 Conference. OU owns a 3-10 record against teams from this league.

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 122-76.

Tara VanDerveer (Indiana, 1975) is in her 24th season as a collegiate coach and owns a career record of 556-157. VanDerveer entered the year ranked 16th all-time and 14th among active coaches in career victories. She sports a 404-106 record in her 17th seasons at Stanford. VanDerveer picked up her 400th victory at SU against Big 12 foe Kansas State earlier this season. She has led Stanford to two NCAA Championships (1989-90 and 1991-92), five NCAA Final Four appearances and 10 Pac-10 titles.

A look At Stanford Stanford (8-1) is the fourth ranked opponent for the Sooners. The Cardinal enters Friday's contest ranked among the top 10 in women's basketball this season. They have accomplished this feat with five sophomores in the starting lineup and without junior All-America candidate Nicole Powell.

The Cardinal has already played three ranked opponents in its first nine games, including a 71-56 loss at Tennessee. SU's stands at 2-0 in Pacific 10 action defeating Arizona and Arizona State following the Christmas break.

Stanford's scoring attack has been a balanced one, as five different players have led the squad in scoring. Sophomore Kelley Suminski has led the team in scoring three times, redshirt sophomore Chelsea Trotter and sophomore Sebnem Kimyacioglu have each done it twice.

As a team, the Cardinal averages 70. points and 40.7 rebounds per game. They are also shooting 43.9 percent from the field, 74.7 percent from the foul line and 35.3 percent from the arc.

Stanford ended its 2002 season with an overall record of 32-3 and 18-0 mark in the PAC 10. Big 12 foe Colorado eliminated SU, 62-59, in the NCAA West Regional semifinal game in Boise, Idaho.

Stanford owns an all-time record of 317-76 at Maples Pavilion, including a 15-1 mark last season and a 5-0 record this year. SU has won 16 straight at Maples Pavilion dating back to Dec. 28, 2001, which is the fifth longest Division I home winning streak in the nation.

A look At Oklahoma
Oklahoma concludes its 13-game non-conference schedule Friday. The Sooners currently support an overall record of 9-3 and 3-1 marks at home, on the road and on neutral courts.

Head Coach Sherri Coale had to shuffle up her lineup again against SMU (Dec. 21) as senior Stephanie Simon was sidelined with minor knee swelling. Coale's third different lineup of the season had sophomore Dionnah Jackson at point, freshman Chelsi Welch and junior Maria Villarroel on the wings, senior Theresa Schuknecht power forward and freshman Laura Andrews at small forward. Three average double-digits in scoring, four grab four or more rebounds a game and four average over 25 minutes an outing.

Villarroel has filled the scoring void for the Sooners, as she's netted 10-plus points in nine of 12 games and scored better than 25 points in four (31 vs. Sam Houston, 30 vs. Fordham, 27 vs. UConn, 27 vs. Stephen F. Austin) games since OU's ACL injuries. The Margarita, Venezuela, native is also shooting an eye-popping 64.8 percent from the field, but has only been able to connect on 62.5 percent of her free throw attempts.

Schuknecht is becoming a consistent threat for the Sooners in the paint despite seeing double teams on defense since her 27-point and 12-rebound performance against then No. 2 Tennessee in Knoxville to open the season. She has been responsible for 10-plus points seven times and 10-or-more rebounds four times this season. Schuknecht, 6-3, is the team's top rebounder (7.7 rpg) and free throw shooter (.893), of players attempting more than 10 times at the charity stripe.

Jackson, who will be one of the premier players in college basketball before she leaves OU, is the Sooners' top playmaker dishing out 4.7 assists per game, and has had eight five-assists games already this season. The St. Louis, Mo., native currently ranks among the top three on the team in 14 categories, including team best in assists (4.7 apg), steals (2.4 spg), blocked shots (4), minutes (31.0 mpg) and three-point percentage (.556). Jackson ranks among the best in the Big 12 Conference in four categories (assists (9th), steals (9th), assists/turnover ratio (14th) and points (21st)). She produced her first double-double of her collegiate career at Wichita State on Dec. 9 (15 points/10 rebounds). The point guard is scoring 12.9 points and grabbing 5.9 caroms an outing.

Welch continues to improve with each game. The past four games, she's been more aggressive on the offensive and defensive ends as she's averaged 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds an outing. She has also hit 92.3 percent of her free throws (13-of-14) and 41.5 percent from the field (17-of-41). Welch ranks second on the team in assists (1.9) and free throw percentage (72.1). The Texan has scored 10-or-more points in three of the last four games and five for the season. She's averaging 9.9 points and 4.1 rebounds an outing for the year.

In Andrews' first collegiate start (against SMU), she produced a career-high 10 points and matched a personal-best eight boards. In the following game, she repeated her eight rebound performance and netted five points and had a career-high three steals against Southeast Missouri State.

Oklahoma is shooting 43.4 percent from the field, 30.5 percent from the arc and 69.8 percent from the foul line. The Sooners are averages 72.3 points per game and allowing 63.3 points an outing.



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