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Women's Basketball Game Notes
No. 15/17 Oklahoma (7-2) vs. TCU (3-4)
Opponent: TCU (3-4)
Date: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002
Site: Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201)
Radio: KOMA (1520 AM) and www.soonersports.com
Quickly:Oklahoma (7-2) enters Saturday's contest against TCU (3-4) ranked 15th in the Associated Press and 17th in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches polls. The Sooners will face the Horn Frogs at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, at 7 p.m. TCU recently loss to No. 21/23 Texas, in Austin while the Sooners dealt Wichita State a 70-64 loss in Wichita, Kan.
Oklahoma enters Saturday's game against TCU with a 7-2 record, both losses were to top five programs, while TCU stands at 3-4.
Radio: All of OU's games will be broadcast live on KOMA (1520-AM) and on the Internet at www.soonersports.com. Brian Brinkley will provide the play-by-play and Tara DeGiusti will be the color analyst for Saturday's game.
Rankings: Oklahoma - No. 15 AP and No. 17 USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches polls. TCU was ranked 25th in last week's USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches poll but only received 42 votes this week, which would rank 28th.
Series Records: Oklahoma leads the all-time series 8-1 over TCU. The Sooners have won seven-straight games over the Horn Frogs. The only loss on OU's record to TCU occurred in Fort Worth, Texas, when Oklahoma suffered a 79-73 loss in 1993.
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 118-75. (For more information on Coale see page 3).
Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western, 1989) is in his fourth season at TCU and 11th year as a head coach. Mittie has coached TCU to three post-season appearance with the last two being the NCAA Tournament. The Horn Frogs have advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament each year. Prior to TCU, Mittie directed the Arkansas State women's program for four years.
A Look at TCU
TCU enters Saturday's game with an overall record of 3-4 and a recent 86-54 loss to Big 12 foe Texas in Austin. The Horn Frogs have been an up and down team as they have not been able to put together two consecutive wins. TCU has played a pretty tough schedule facing teams like Purdue, Arkansas and Texas on their home courts.
TCU is an extremely balanced team as only one player averaged more than 10-points per game. Sophomore Sandora Irvin, niece of former Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin, is the team leader in scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (8.5 rpg). She is also shooting 38.8 percent from the field. Candace Baldwin ranks second of the team in points per game, averaging 7.9, followed by Amy Pack's 7.4 ppg and Tiffany Evans' 7.3 ppg. Evans is the team's second best rebounder at 4.6 boards per outing.
As a team, TCU averages 64.4 points and 36.6 rebounds per game. They are also shooting 38.6 percent from the field, 76.4 percent from the foul line and 34.2 percent from the arc.
TCU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship last year with an overall record of 24-7. The Horn Frogs also won Conference USA with a 12-2 record.
Coach Mittie returns 10 letterwinners and three starters from that squad.
A Look At Oklahoma
Oklahoma sports a two-game winning streak and has won seven of its last eight matchups. The two blemishes on the Sooners record have come at the hands of top five programs at the time of the game.
OU is coming off of a 70-64 victory over Wichita State Monday in Wichita, Kan. In that game, OU out rebounded the Shockers, 51-35, its second largest rebounding margin of the season (+16). Oklahoma out rebounded Stephen F. Austin by +24 boards earlier that week. The Sooners also shot 38.7 percent from the field and 67.9 percent from the foul line. OU had four players to score 10-plus points. Sophomore Dionnah Jackson produced her first double-double of her collegiate career with 15 points and 10 rebounds. However, junior Maria Villarroel scored a team-high 18 points. Senior Theresa Schuknecht and freshman Chelsi Welch added 13 and 12 points, respectively.
For the season, Villarroel, Schuknecht and Jackson are OU's overall leaders as each average 10-plus points per game. Villarroel contributes a team-best 19.0 ppg, followed by Schuknecht's 12.4 and Jackson's 11.4 ppg. Schuknecht leads the team in rebounding with 7.2 boards per game, while Jackson follows closely with 6.1 rpg.
As a team, Oklahoma is shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 69.0 percent from the foul line. OU also averages 71.7 points to its opponents' 62.9 points per game.