Women's Hoops Hosts Weekend in Norman

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 24, 2010
  Lauren Willis
 Basketball Travelers Invitational
 Dates  Friday, Nov. 26 - Sunday, Nov. 28
 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 (PDF)

• Oklahoma hosts Gardner-Webb, UTPA and Prairie View A&M in the Basketball Travelers Invitational this weekend at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and No. 11 in the Associated Press Poll.
• All OU games will be webcast on SoonerSports.com All-Access and broadcast locally on KOKC 1520 AM.

The Basketball Travelers Invitational begins Friday, Nov. 26. The schedule has four teams playing in round-robin format:

Friday, Nov. 26 Saturday, Nov. 27 Sunday, Nov. 28
Gardner-Webb vs. Prairie View 4 p.m. Gardner-Webb at Oklahoma 2 p.m. UTPA vs. Gardner-Webb 2 p.m.
UTPA at Oklahoma 7 p.m. Prairie View vs. UTPA 5 p.m. Prairie View at Oklahoma 5 p.m.

• 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.

• The official OU women's basketball poster and schedule cards will be available on the concourse.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 316-143 (.688) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Prairie View A&M first-year head coach Toyelle Wilson is 0-2 after spending the past four years as an assistant.
• Gardner-Webb head coach Rick Reeves is 97-90 (.519) in his seventh year. He is a four-time Big South Coach of the Year.
• UT-Pan American head coach Denny Downing is 17-17 in his second season at a Division I institution.

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
 2010-11 Statistics
 Danielle Robinson
 19.0 ppg, 8.3 apg
 Aaryn Ellenberg
 14.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg
 Jasmine Hartman
 4.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg
 Carlee Roethlisberger
 4.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg
 Joanna McFarland
 9.0 ppg, 7.3 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. 10.

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.

Possession Obsession
Oklahoma's defense has stifled its opponents through three games this season, forcing more turnovers from each than allowing field goals. This season, OU has scored 81 points off 74 opponent turnovers and allowed just 46 field goals.

The Sooners stopped the Milwaukee Panthers in their 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.

Fresno State surrendered 27 points off 18 turnovers and made just 17 of its 56 attempts.

 Sooner to Watch 

Aaryn Ellenberg | Fr. | Guard
The 5-7 guard from Las Vegas, Nev., has the chance to become just the second Sooner freshman under Sherri Coale to score in double figures in her first four collegiate games. With 15 points against Fresno State last Monday, she joined Courtney Paris, Danielle Robinson and Amanda Thompson as Sooner freshmen who pulled the double in their first three games.


Ellenberg Rolls Doubles
Aaryn Ellenberg is just the fourth Sooner freshman under Sherri Coale to score in double figures in each of her first three games, joining Courtney Paris, Danielle Robinson and Amanda Thompson.

Paris, however, has been the only so far to make it four straight and Ellenberg will have her chance Friday against UT-Pan American to accomplish that feat. Breaking Courtney Paris' double-figure scoring streak, however, will be tough, as it stands at an NCAA record 120 consecutive games.

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



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