Women's Hoops Rolls into Boulder

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 22, 2011

Feb. 22, 2011

  Morgan Hook
 Oklahoma (19-7, 9-3 Big 12) vs. Colorado (12-13, 3-9 Big 12)
 Date  Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 | 8 p.m Central
 Location  Boulder, Colo. | Coors Events Center
 Tickets  Colorado Athletics Ticket Office
 TV  FSN Rocky Mountain
DirecTV: 683 | DISH: 414
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
 Webcast  Livestream.com
 Live Stats  CUBuffs.com
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

• No. 16 Oklahoma visits Colorado at the Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colo., Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. Mountain.
• The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain with Marc Stout on play-by-play and Ceal Barry as the color analyst.
• The Sooner Sports Network radio broadcast with Brian Brinkley will be on KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City.

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The Teams
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 15 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
• Colorado is not ranked in either poll.
• Colorado leads the overall series 33-22 and has a 16-6 advantage in Boulder. Oklahoma has won the last eight meetings and 13 of the last 15.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 332-150 (.689) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Linda Lappe is 12-13 (.480) in her first year at Colorado and 62-49 (.559) in her fourth season as a head coach.

Tickets for Sooner Women's Basketball
• OU 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 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.

 Colorado Projected Starters
 2010-11 Statistics
 Brtiney Blythe
 3.6 ppg, 1.5 rpg
 Brittany Wilson
 8.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg
 Julie Seabrook
 5.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg
 Chelsea Dale
 4.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg
 Brittany Spears
 17.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
 2010-11 Statistics
 Danielle Robinson
 18.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.8 apg
 Aaryn Ellenberg
 16.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg
 Whitney Hand
So. (RS)
 12.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg
 Carlee Roethlisberger
 5.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg
 Nicole Griffin
 4.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg

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 five newcomers. Oklahoma was picked by the league's coaches to finish third in the Big 12 Conference this season.

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, the 2009 Big 12 Freshman of the Year who suffered an ACL injury five games into the 2009-10 season returned to action on Jan. 2.

The Sooners introduce five newcomers, including high school All-Americans Aaryn Ellenberg and Nicole Griffin.

In the Polls
The Sooners are No. 15 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and No. 16 in the Associated Press Poll this week.

In the 610 week history of the AP Women's Basketball Top 25 Poll, the Sooners have been listed 211 times, including 190 weeks under Sherri Coale.

Oklahoma has remained in the Top 25 of both polls since the beginning of 2005-06 season, a total of 109 weeks in the AP poll and 106 in the coaches' (including preseason and final polls).

Oklahoma highest ranking in either poll is No. 2, which it was ranked following the 2002 season and for a few weeks in 2008-09. The Sooners ended the past two seasons at No. 4 and No. 3.

 Sooner to Watch 

Nicole Griffin | Fr. | Center
Following three games at center for the Sooners, Griffin's presence is helping to opening scoring under the basket. OU has averaged 31 points in the paint since the freshman entered the starting lineup, an increase of nine points compared to scoring in OU's first nine Big 12 games.


Colorado hosts Oklahoma in the midst of a three-game losing streak and a winless record against Big 12 South Divsion opponents this season.

However, CU has stood tough at home, collecting all of its wins inside the Coors Events Center.

The Buffs are 12-13 under first-year head coach Linda Lappe, who is the third-youngest head coach in Division I and a former CU star who helped her team to the 2002 Elite Eight and 2003 Sweet 16.

Brittany Spears leads Colorado, scoring 17.1 points per game and adding 8.0 rebounds.

Chucky Jeffrey, who averages 13.6 points and 8.2 boards, is the Big 12's leading rebounder.

Robinson a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalist
Oklahoma's Danielle Robinson is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in women's basketball. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Fan voting counts for one-third of the total balloting and will be conducted online at www.seniorclasssaward.com and via Facebook through March 20.

Fans are able to vote for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award nominees once each day through March 20. Click here to vote for Danielle Robinson.

Robinson Approaching Rare Benchmark
Danielle Robinson is on pace to become the third top-level women's college basketball player, and the second in NCAA Division I competition, to total 2,000 points, 700 assists and 300 steals in a career. Previously, only Dawn Staley and Nancy Lieberman had reached those benchmarks. Robinson trails the milestones by 19 points, 25 assists and 10 steals.

Players with 2,000 Points/700 Assists/300 Steals
Dawn Staley, Virginia (1989-92): 2,135 points, 729 assists, 454 steals
*Nancy Lieberman, Old Dominion (1977-80): 2,430 points, 961 assists, 512 steals

Players with 2,000 Points/600 Assists/300 Steals
Kim Perrott, Louisiana-Lafayette (1987-90): 2,157 points, 654 assists, 421 steals

*Pre-NCAA statistics

Oklahoma's Big 12 Dominance
No Big 12 team has won more games, titles or honors since the formation of the conference than Oklahoma.

Since the league was formed for the 1996-97 season, the Sooners have appeared in three Final Fours (2002, 2009, 2010) and have the most Big 12 victories and highest overall winning percentage (156-80, .661), all of which have come under Sherri Coale, who has been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year a record four times.

The Sooners have won a league-high six regular-season conference crowns and four Big 12 Championship titles. In addition, Oklahoma players have won Big 12 Player of the Year six times, including Courtney Paris, who had a streak of three years taking the award. OU has also tallied five Big 12 Freshmen of the Year, including current Sooners Danielle Robinson (2008) and Whitney Hand (2009).

Oklahoma's 11-game NCAA Championship appearance streak is also the longest active streak among Big 12 teams. Baylor, in second place, has been to the tournament the last seven years.

Sooners Lead Academic All-Big 12 Team
Six Sooners were named to the 46-member 2011 Academic All-Big 12 Women's Basketball Team, the league office announced Tuesday. OU's six student-athletes on the team matched Kansas State for the leading total.

Joanna McFarland, a chemistry/biochemistry sophomore, was the lone player from the conference to carry a 4.0 GPA and was joined on the first team (3.20 GPA or above) by Whitney Hand, Jasmine Hartman, Danielle Robinson and Lauren Willis. Senior Carlee Roethlisberger was named to the second team (3.00-3.19 GPA).

Two Sooners Named Academic All-District
Danielle Robinson, a sociology senior, was named to the Captial One Academic All-District 6 women's basketball first team and will be eligible for Academic All-America consideration. Joanna McFarland, a biochemistry/chemistry sophomore, was voted to the second team.

Last Time Out: No. 14 Oklahoma 91, Texas 62
NORMAN, Okla. -- With its All-American point guard in foul trouble, Whitney Hand scored 23 points and Aaryn Ellenberg added 21 to lead No. 14 Oklahoma to its largest win ever against Texas Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center.

A season-high crowd of 10,230 in attendance for Pack the Place Pink Night, promoting breast cancer awareness, witnessed the Sooners rebound from their worst defeat since 1978 to provide one of its best all-around victories of the year.

The Sooners did that and then some, establishing a defensive effort that forced Texas into 25 turnovers while allowing just 17 field goals.

Danielle Robinson recovered from three first-half fouls to score 12 points and freshman center Nicole Griffin, making her third straight start, matched her collegiate best with 11.

Oklahoma hosts No. 2 Baylor Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman at 4 p.m.



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