Nov. 21, 2010

 
  Lyndsey Cloman
 No. 11 Oklahoma (2-0) vs. Fresno State (3-1)
 Date & Tip Time  Friday, Nov. 19, at 7:07 p.m. CT
 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

 None

 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
 Webcast  SoonerSports.com All-Access
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)


MONDAY'S GAME PLAN
The OU's women's basketball team hosts WAC favorite Fresno State at the Lloyd Noble Center Monday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast locally on KOKC 1520 AM and a webcast can be viewed at SoonerSports.com All-Access. The first 100 OU students through the doors will receive a voucher good for a free hot dog and Coke compliments of OU Concessions.

• The game is the first meeting in women's basketball between the two schools.
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 9 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and No. 11 in the Associated Press Poll.
• The game will be webcast on SoonerSports.com All-Access and broadcast locally on KOKC 1520 AM.

Tickets
• 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 will go on sale to the general public beginning Nov. 19. Prices 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.

Promotions
• The MidFirst Bank "Show Me the Money" Contest starts with the best sign-maker receiving a $100 prize.
Student Attendance Challenge: The first 100 students throught the doors receive a free hot dog and Coke, compliments of OU Concessions.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 315-143 (.688) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Fresno State head coach Adrian Wiggins is 125-53 (.702) in his sixth season at Fresno State. Wiggins is a 1995 graduate of Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., and coached the women's basketball program there from 2000-2002.

 Fresno State Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
2
 Hayley Munro
F
6-1
Sr.
 15.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg
4
 Jaleesa Ross
G
5-8
Sr.
 14.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 6.3 apg
10
 Marnique Arnold
G
5-9
Sr.
 13.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg
25
 Rosie Moult
F
6-1
So.
 10.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg
33
 Taylor Thompson
G
5-5
R-Fr.
 5.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg

 

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
13
 Danielle Robinson
G
5-9
Sr.
 20.0 ppg, 8.5 apg
3
 Aaryn Ellenberg
G
5-7
Fr.
 13.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg
45
 Jasmine Hartman
G
5-10
Jr.
 4.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
10
 Carlee Roethlisberger
F
6-1
Sr.
 3.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg
53
 Joanna McFarland
C
6-3
So.
 11.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg

PREVIEWING OKLAHOMA
The Sooners were picked by the league's coaches to finish third in the Big 12 Conference this season. The media has Oklahoma 11th in the Associated Press Poll and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll has Oklahoma at No. 9.

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 six newcomers.

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, who suffered an ACL injury five games into the 2009-10 season is expected back on court in January 2011.

Team Votes Captains for 2010-11
Redshirt-sophomore Whitney Hand and seniors Danielle Robinson and Carlee Roethlisberger are co-captains of the Sooners this season. The captains were voted by their teammates.

D-Rob Racking Preseason Honors
Senior guard Danielle Robinson has been touted as the game's top point guard this season, and the watch lists have given notice as she appears as a candidate for virtually every award.

• Preseason Associated Press All-America First Team
• Preseason Wooden Award Watch List
• Preseason Wade Trophy Watch List
• Preseason Naismith Trophy Watch List
• Preseason All-Big 12 First Team
• Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Candidate

 
 Sooner to Watch 

 Danielle Robinson | Sr. | Guard
 The season's first Big 12 Player of the Week made a case for week two with a second straight 20-point performance that included a highlight reel ending to the first half when she scored 12 consecutive for the Sooners, mostly off steals.

   

ROBINSON TAKE OVER
Oklahoma's Danielle Robinson was the season's first Big 12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week and made a case for week two with a second straight 20-point performance against Western Illinois.

Robinson had the best first half of her college career with 18 points in the opening period. The senior guard took over with five minutes before halftime, scoring 12 consecutive for OU off three steal-to-fast break layup conversions, four free throws and a good jumper.

Against Milwaukee in OU's first game, the preseason All-America candidate scored 16 of her 20 after halftime as Oklahoma wrestled a three-point advantage to a 17-point victory. During one stretch early in the second period, Robinson scored 14 of 16 Sooner points and counted the assist on the field goal that wasn't hers.

STIFLING DEFENSE CONTINUES
Oklahoma's defense stifled the Milwaukee Panthers in its season-opening road win with the Sooners scoring 29 of their 76 points off 33 Milwaukee turnovers, while allowing just 32 field goal attempts.

Against Western Illinois, OU pulled the trick again by forcing 23 turnovers and allowing just 14 field goals.

This season, Oklahoma has scored 54 points off 56 opponent turnovers and allowed just 29 field goals.

PREVIEWING FRESNO STATE
Coached by Oklahoma native Adrian Wiggins, Fresno State was predicted to win its fourth consecutive Western Athletic Conference title this season after appearing in the NCAA tournament with a 27-7 record last year.

The Bulldogs opened the season with big wins on the road, but have struggled in their past two games at home, losing 72-67 to upstart Cal Poly and fending off UC-Irvine, 67-63, after holding a 17-point second half lead.

Hayley Munro and Jaleesa Ross lead Fresno with 15 and 14 points per game, respectively.

Munro is also the top rebounder, averaging a double-double with 44 boards in four games.

Ross is 96 3-pointers shy of becoming the NCAA's all-time leader in the category.

Redshirt freshman Taylor Thompson starred at Cache (Okla.) High School before sitting out last season with an injury.

SOONERS THIRD IN BIG 12 VOTE
The University of Oklahoma was selected third in the Big 12 Women's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Poll released Oct. 7.

Baylor was chosen as the preseason favorite to win the 2010-11 Big 12 women's basketball regular season title for the second consecutive year. The Lady Bears received all of the possible 11 first-place votes (coaches cannot vote for their own team).

Texas A&M, winner of the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship, was picked second and nabbed the other first-place vote.

Texas was chosen fourth followed by Iowa State and Kansas. Nebraska, last year's regular season champion, was seventh, followed by Oklahoma State in eighth; Kansas State ninth, Texas Tech in 10th, Missouri 11th and Colorado 12th.

How They've Fared
In the pre-season, Big 12 coaches have correctly picked their champion or co-champion in just fewer than half of the years that they have voted. Here's a look back at the previous preseason votes and the eventual winner.

Season Pick Champion
2011 Baylor ?
2010 Baylor Nebraska
2009 Oklahoma Oklahoma
2008 Texas A&M Kansas State
2007 Oklahoma Texas A&M, Oklahoma
2006 Baylor Oklahoma
2005 Texas Baylor
2004 Texas Texas, Kansas State
2003 Texas Tech Texas
2002 Oklahoma Oklahoma
2001 Iowa State Oklahoma
2000 Iowa State Iowa St., Texas Tech, Okla.
1999 Kansas Texas Tech
1998 Texas Tech Texas Tech
1997 No Poll Kansas

ROBINSON, HAND NAMED PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12
Oklahoma's Danielle Robinson was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Women's Basketball First Team while injured Sooner Whitney Hand was an honorable mention, announced Oct. 12. It was Robinson's second consecutive year on the preseason team voted by the league's coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.

Baylor's Brittney Griner and Melissa Jones, Iowa State's Kelsey Bolte and Texas A&M's Danielle Adams joined Robinson on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team.

Preseason All-Big 12 Team
Brittney Griner | 6-8 | So. | C | Baylor
Melissa Jones | 5-10 | Sr. | G | Baylor
Kelsey Bolte | 6-1 | Sr. | G | Iowa State
Danielle Robinson | 5-9 | Sr. | G | Oklahoma
Danielle Adams | 6-1 | Sr. | F/C | Texas A&M

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school)
Brittany Spears (Colorado), Carolyn Davis (Kansas), Dominique Kelley (Nebraska), Whitney Hand (Oklahoma), Ashleigh Fontenette and Kathleen Nash (Texas), Sydney Colson and Tyra White (Texas A&M).

...AND PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN
Danielle Robinson was also named to the elite company of the Preseason Associated Press' Women's Basketball All-America Team, announced Nov. 2. The team was determined from votes from a 65-member national media panel (key 2009-10 statistics in parentheses):

• Maya Moore, Connecticut, 6-0, Sr., 40 votes (18.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg)
• Brittney Griner, Baylor, 6-8, So., 36 (18.4 ppg, 8.5 rpg)
• Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford, 6-2, Jr., 34 (18.5 ppg, 9.9 rpg)
• Jantel Lavender, Ohio State, 6-4, Sr., 21 (21.4 ppg, 10.3 rpg)
• Danielle Robinson, Oklahoma, 5-9, Sr., 18 (16.8 ppg, 5.3 apg)

WHO'S NEW?
Oklahoma introduces six talented newcomers -- five freshmen and one junior college transfer -- to the lineup in 2009-10.

#12 Jelena Cerina | 6-5 | Jr. | C | Vrsac, Serbia
• 2010 NJCAA Region II All-Tournament First Team
• 2010 Dixie Woodall Inspiration Award
• 2008 U20 European Championship Bronze Medalist
• 2007 U19 World Championship Silver Medalist
• 2006 U18 European Championship Silver Medalist
• 2005 U19 World Championship Silver Medalist
• 2005 U18 European Championship Silver Medalist

#3 Aaryn Ellenberg | 5-7 | Fr. | G | Las Vegas, Nev.
• McDonald's All-American (2010)
• PARADE All-America Fourth Team (2010)
• All-State First Team (2010, 2009)
• All-State Second Team (2008)
• All-State Third Team (2007)
• MVP Class 4A Nevada State Championship (2007, 2010)
• No. 21 Overall (Blue Star Report)
• No. 34 Overall (All Star Girls' Report)
• No. 49 Overall (ESPN HoopGurlz)
• No. 13 Point Guard (All Star Girls' Report)
• No. 15 Point Guard (ESPN HoopGurlz)
• No. 6 Point Guard (Blue Star Report)

#4 Nicole Griffin | 6-6 | Fr. | C | Milwaukee, Wis.
• Gatorade Wisconsin State Player of the Year (2010)
• PARADE All-America Third Team (2010)
• WBCA Miss Basketball (2010)
• WBCA All-State Division I Player of the Year (2010)
• Associated Press Wisconsin State Player of the Year (2010)
• WIAA All-Tournament Team (2010)
• No. 61 Overall (Blue Star Report)
• No. 80 Overall (ESPN HoopGurlz)
• No. 90 Overall (All Star Girls' Report)
• No. 10 Center (ESPN HoopGurlz)
• No. 13 Center (All Star Girls' Report)

#22 Morgan Hook | 5-10 | Fr. | G | Lowell, Ark.
• Gatorade Arkansas Player of the Year (2009, 2010)
• "Miss Basketball" by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (2010)
• All-State (2008, 2009, 2010)
• No. 10 jersey retired by Rogers High School
• ArkansasSports360.com Girls Player of the Year (2010)
• No. 46 Overall (Collegiate Girls Basketball Report)
• No. 175 Overall (Blue Star Report)

#34 Jacqueline Jeffcoat | 6-2 | Fr. | F/C | Plano, Texas
• WBCA High School All-America Honorable Mention (2010)
• TABC All-Region (2010)
• All-District 5A-8 First Team (2010)
• District 5A-8 Defensive Player of the Year (2009)
• No. 41 Overall (ESPN HoopGurlz)
• No. 93 Overall (Blue Star Report)
• No. 4 Center (ESPN HoopGurlz)

#15 Alexann Yancey | 5-8 | Fr. | G | Plano, Texas
• District 8-5A Most Valuable Player (2010)
• District 8-5A Offensive Player of the Year (2009)
• No. 159 Overall (Blue Star Report)
• TABC All-Region (2009, 2010)
• Texas Basketball Magazine's All-State Team (2009)

NEXT UP
The University of Oklahoma will be hosting the Basketball Travelers Invitational over the Thanksgiving weekend at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. Due to Bedlam football kicking off at 7 p.m., the order of the Nov. 27 games has been flipped. OU will play at 2 p.m. The schedule has four teams playing in round-robin format. All OU games will broadcast on KOKC 1520 AM.

Friday, Nov. 26
4 p.m. -- Gardner-Webb vs. Prairie View
7 p.m. -- UTPA at Oklahoma

Saturday, Nov. 27
2 p.m. -- Gardner-Webb at Oklahoma
5 p.m. -- Prairie View vs. UTPA

Sunday, Nov. 28
2 p.m. -- UTPA vs. Gardner-Webb
5 p.m. -- Prairie View at Oklahoma