Women's Hoops Home Opener Friday at 7

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 18, 2010
  Morgan Hook
 No. 11 Oklahoma (1-0) vs. Western Illinois (0-2)
 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


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

The OU's women's basketball team opens at the Lloyd Noble Center Friday, Nov. 19, hosting Western Illinois 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 500 OU students through the doors will receive a voucher good for a free hot dog and Coke compliments of OU Concessions.

• The game is OU's home opener and 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.

• 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.

• T-shirts will be distributed to the first 5,000 fans through doors when they open at 5:30 p.m.
• The MidFirst Bank "Show Me the Money" Contest starts with the best sign-maker receiving a $100 debit card.
Student Attendance Challenge: The first 500 students through the doors receive a free hot dog and Coke, compliments of OU Housing and Food Services.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 314-143 (.687) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Leslie Crane is 184-165 (.527) in her 13th season at Western Illinois. She has been named Summit League Coach of the Year three times. She has also led Western Illinois to four consecutive Summit League regular season titles, the only women's basketball program to record four-consecutive outright titles in Summit League history.

 Western Illinois Projected Starters
 2010-11 Statistics
 Valencia Kelly
 12.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg
 Sadie Webb
 11.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg
 Michele Salvatori
 6.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg
 Brittany Demery
 5.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg
 Anne Borgertpoepping
 6.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg


 Oklahoma Projected Starters
 2010-11 Statistics
 Danielle Robinson
 20.0 ppg, 11.0 apg, 8 steals
 Aaryn Ellenberg
 14.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg
 Jasmine Hartman
 1.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
 Carlee Roethlisberger
 1.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
 Joanna McFarland
 13.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg

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 

 Aaryn Ellenberg | Fr. | Guard
 Ellenberg's collegiate debut at Milwaukee was impressive. In the starting lineup, the 5-7 guard scored the first six points of the game on back-to-back 3-pointers and finished with 14. Ellenberg's debut was the best by an OU freshman since Danielle Robinson scored 15 against Maryland to start the 2007-08 season.


Western Illinois comes to Norman looking for its first victory of the season following a home-opening 73-65 loss to Northern Illinois Tuesday night.

The Sooners are the second of three Big 12 teams the Leathernecks will play this season. WIU lost to Iowa State, 58-32, in its season opener and will play Kansas State following OU on Sunday, Nov. 21.

Western Illinois was tied for seventh in the 2010-11 Summit League preseason poll with Southern Utah. The Leathernecks return six players from last year's squad that finished with an 11-20 overall record.

The Leathernecks are led by junior guards Valenica Kelly, who is averaging 12.0 points, and Sadie Webb, 11.5 points.

Oklahoma City native and Millwood High School graduate Brittany Demery is the team's leading rebounds, grabbing 6.0 per game.

D-Rob Big 12 Player of the Week
Oklahoma's Danielle Robinson was the season's first Big 12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week.

Robinson, who shared the honor with Kansas State's Mariah White, nearly amassed a triple-double in OU's season opening win at Milwaukee on Nov. 13. Robinson totaled 20 points, 11 assists and eight steals, leading the game in all categories.

The preseason All-America candidate scored 16 of her 20 after halftime as Oklahoma wrestled a three-point advantage to a 17-point victory.

It was Robinson's eight career double-digit assist game, an Oklahoma program record. With 560 assists in her career, Robinson needs 205 to top Stacey Dales (1998-2002) for OU's all-time record.

`D' Forces Milwaukee Mistakes
Oklahoma's defense stifled the Milwaukee Panthers in its season-opening road win last week. The Sooners scored 29 of their 76 points off 33 Milwaukee turnovers, while allowing just 32 field goal attempts.

OU also allowed only three offensive rebounds by Milwaukee, limiting the team's second-chance opportunities.

The Sooners kept Milwaukee's bench in check as well, allowing just five points from the UWM reserves compared to 27 scored by Sooner non-starters.

Freshmen Combo Makes Noise
Freshmen guards Aaryn Ellenberg and Morgan Hook had impressive collegiate debuts for the Sooners in their win at Milwaukee.

The duo combined for 27 points, the most for a pair of OU freshmen in a single game since Danielle Robinson (20) and Carlee Roethlisberger (eight) scored 28 against South Carolina on Dec. 30, 2007. Ellenberg, starting in her first game, scored the games first six points on back-to-back 3-pointers and finished with 14. Hook made four of eight field goals, including three 3s, and was 2-for-2 at the free throw line of 13 points.

Freshman center, and Milwaukee native, Nicole Griffin added four and junior college transfer Jelena Cerina scored two points as OU's newcomers accounted for 43 percent of the team's scoring.

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

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).

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)

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)

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:

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

Oklahoma returns to the court following the weekend, Monday, Nov. 22, versus Fresno State. The game will be aired on KOKC 1520 AM.



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