Nov. 3, 2010

 
  Danielle Robinson
 Oklahoma (0-0) vs. Oklahoma Christian (1-0)
 Date & Tip Time  Thursday, Nov. 4, 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
 TV

 None

 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KREF 1400 AM in Oklahoma City
 Webcast  SoonerSports.com All-Access (FREE)
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)


THURSDAY'S GAME BASICS
The OU's women's basketball team tips off its season Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla. The Sooners host Oklahoma Christian in the first of two exhibitions to be played before the regular season begins. The game will be aired locally on KREF Sportstalk 1400 AM and can be viewed online at SoonerSports.com via the All-Access Webcast.

Tickets
• 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 when presenting a valid ID.

Promotions
• The OU Drum Line Team will makes its 2010-11 debut at halftime.
• The official women's basketball team posters and schedule cards will be available to fans on the concourse near entry points of the arena.

The Teams
• Oklahoma Christian and Oklahoma are meeting for the fourth consecutive time in the preseason and are playing an exhibition for the ninth time in 10 years. OU has won each matchup by an average margin of 45 points.
• Oklahoma begins the preseason ranked No. 9 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and No. 10 in the Associated Press Poll.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 313-143 (.686) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Oklahoma Christian head coach Stephanie Findley (497-298, .625) is in her 25th season at the helm of the Lady Eagles. Findley has taken OC to the NAIA National Tournament 12 times, including nine of the past 11 seasons.

 
 Sooner to Watch 

 Danielle Robinson | Sr. | Guard
 Sherri Coale doesn't worry about her team because Danielle Robinson is her point guard. The preseason all-everything senior leads a class mixed with experience veterans and talented newcomers on a mission to return to a third consecutive Final Four and play in the national championship.

 

   

PREVIEWING OKLAHOMA
The Sooners were picked by the league's coaches to finish third in the Big 12 Conference this season. The media has Oklahoma 10th in the Preseason 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 All-Big 12 First Team
• Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Watch List

PREVIEWING OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN
Oklahoma Christian has already begun it season, taking a 102-56 victory against Hillsdale Baptist College (Okla.) Monday, Nov. 1,at the Eagles' Nest in Oklahoma City.

On the heels of five three-point baskets and a total of 21 points between returning starters Krista Stevens and Roz Hamilton, the Lady Eagles cruised to a 17-point lead at the end of the first period.

The Lady Eagles opened the second half with a 10-3 run to increase their margin to a 24-point lead with 17:41 still left to play. Four minutes later, the Lady Eagles expanded to a 30-point lead as the Lady Saints struggled to retaliate.

Stevens led the OC women from the perimeter with 17 points and seven rebounds on the evening. Fellow guards Katy Clift, Tarynn Branscum, and Ayanna Jackson left the court boasting 15, 11, and eight points, respectively. Clift grabbed seven rebounds and four steals in the process while Jackson registered six rebounds and five assists. Branscum helped keep tempo on offense for the Lady Eagles as she handed out nine assists.

SOONERS THIRD IN BIG 12 VOTE
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 Texas A&M
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

ROBINSON, HAND NAMED PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12
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).

...AND PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN
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)

HOME FOR THANKSGIVING
The University of Oklahoma will be hosting the Basketball Travelers Invitational over the Thanksgiving weekend at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. The tentative schedule calls for four teams playing two games per day in round-robin format:

Friday, Nov. 26
• 4 p.m. -- Gardner-Webb vs. Prairie View
• 7 p.m. -- Oklahoma vs. UTPA

Saturday, Nov. 27
• 2 p.m. -- Prairie View vs. UTPA
• 5 p.m. -- Oklahoma vs. Gardner-Webb

Sunday, Nov. 28
• 2 p.m. -- Gardner-Webb vs. UTPA
• 5 p.m. -- Oklahoma vs. Prairie View

WHO'S NEW?
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)

NEXT UP
The Sooners play a final exhibition game against Cameron University Wednesday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center. The game will be aired on KOKC 1520 AM.