Women's Hoops Hosts Missouri Saturday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 11, 2011
  Nicole Griffin
 Missouri (11-12, 3-6 Big 12) vs. Oklahoma (17-6, 7-3 Big 12)
 Date  Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 | 2 p.m
 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  Sooner Sports Network
 KAUT-43 (COX Ch. 16) in Oklahoma City | COX Ch. 74 in Tulsa
 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)

• No. 14 Oklahoma hosts Missouri Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., at 2 p.m.
• The game will be televised on the Sooner Sports Network (KAUT TV-43 in Oklahoma City, COX Ch. 74 in Tulsa) with Bob Carpenter and Billy Tubbs calling the action.
• The Sooner Sports Network radio broadcast with Brian Brinkley will be on KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City.

Valentine's Day Diamond Ear Rings Giveaway
Fans can enter their name at the game to win a free pair of diamond ear rings courtesy of Mitchell's Jewelry. 6 entries will be randomly chosen to play a game of musical chairs at halftime. The last contestant sitting will win the prize.
• One lucky fan will have a chance to shoot a half-court shot to win $10,000.
• Members of the soccer and volleyball teams will sign autographs on the concourse before the game.
• The Norman Public Library's Miss Charlotte and Miss Kim will present a special children's story postgame on the main court. Children and family members are encouraged to participate.

The Teams
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 12 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
• Missouri is not ranked.
• Missouri leads the overall series, 29-26, but Oklahoma has a 14-9 advantage in Norman and has won 11 of the last 13 meetings. Mizzou's last win versus Oklahoma was a 70-64 overtime victory in the first round of the 2008 Big 12 Championship.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 330-149 (.689) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Robin Pingeton is 11-12 (.478) in her first season at Missouri and 349-169 (.674) in her 16th season overall.

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.

 Missouri Projected Starters
 2010-11 Statistics
 Jasmyn Otote
 4.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg
 Sydney Crafton
 6.9 ppg, 5.7 apg
 BreAnna Brock
 3.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg
 RaeShara Brown
 8.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg
 Shakara Jones
 10.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
 2010-11 Statistics
 Danielle Robinson
 19.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.1 apg
 Aaryn Ellenberg
 17.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg
 Whitney Hand
So. (RS)
 13.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg
 Carlee Roethlisberger
 6.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg
 Joanna McFarland
 6.0 ppg, 7.3 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. 12 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and No. 14 in the Associated Press Poll this week.

In the 608 week history of the AP Women's Basketball Top 25 Poll, the Sooners have been listed 209 times, including 188 weeks under Sherri Coale.

Oklahoma has remained in the Top 25 of both polls since the beginning of 2005-06 season, a total of 107 weeks in the AP poll and 104 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
Searching for a post presence, Nicole Griffin made her mark in OU's last game versus Texas A&M. Playing a season-high 18 minutes, the 6-6 freshman set effective screens, collected three rebounds and scored 10 points -- one shy of a collegiate best.


Missouri comes to Norman Saturday still searching for a road win in Big 12 play under first-year head coach Robin Pingeton.

The Tigers are led by senior RaeShara Brown who averages 17.5 points and 6.3 rebounds. Brown, who has led the Big 12 Conference in steals the past two seasons, tied Missouri's career steals record of 248 in her last game.

Christine Flores contributes 13.5 points per game and Shakara Jones adds 10.3 points per game, with each averaging 6.0 rebounds.

Missouri is coming off an 60-55 overtime loss to Kansas State. The Tigers led by 12 in the second half but a Wildcat rally spurred by Brittany Chambers' four consecutive 3-pointers generated a 13-1 run that allowed K-State to push the game into an extra period.

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 50 points, 33 assists and 15 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 (154-80, .658), 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 Past 4-0 Starts Bred Championships
The five previous times Oklahoma started 4-0 in Big 12 play (2000, 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2009), it won at least a share of the regular season conference title. OU managed a 5-0 start in 2000, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.

In 2006, OU became the first team to finish 16-0 in regular season Big 12 play. Those Sooners also swept through the conference tournament as part of 26 consecutive wins versus Big 12 teams between Jan. 2006 and Jan. 2007.

Last Time Out: No. 6 Texas A&M 92, No. 14 Oklahoma 71
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Danielle Adams shook off early foul trouble to finish with 30 points and 13 rebounds as Texas A&M rolled to a 92-71 win over Oklahoma.

The Aggies (20-2, 8-1 Big 12) never trailed and had built a 19-point lead with nine minutes left in the first half. Adams sat out most of the first half after picking up two quick fouls, but played almost the entire second half, scoring 21 of her points.

Texas A&M led by 22 points with about four minutes remaining before Oklahoma scored eight straight points to cut the lead to 84-70 with about 2 1/2 minutes left.

Danielle Robinson scored 24 points to lead Oklahoma, which couldn't overcome poor shooting by the rest of the team.

Oklahoma visits No. 2 Connecticut for ESPN2's Big Monday at the XL Center in Hartford on Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. Central.



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