OU Begins Big 12 Championship Quest

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 08, 2011

March 8, 2011

Programming Update: The Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship quarterfinal game between Texas Tech and Oklahoma on Wednesday will have alternate viewing formats on FSN networks in the state of Oklahoma and in some Texas markets due to a conflict with Mavericks and Stars programming commitments.

The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT and will be telecast in Oklahoma on FOX Sports Oklahoma Plus: Cox Cable channel 267 (915 high-definition) in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. It will be shown in most Texas markets, including Lubbock, on FOX Sports Southwest, and on FOX Sports Southwest Plus in Austin (Time Warner Cable channel 77, Grande Communications channel 134), San Antonio (Time Warner Cable channel 50, Grande Communications channel 134), Corpus Christi (Time Warner Cable channel 78), El Paso (Time Warner Cable channel 247), and the Rio Grande Valley (Time Warner Cable channel 78), Those in the Dallas market can view a free live stream of the game on foxsportssouthwest.com. The game also will be available to satellite TV customers in all Oklahoma and Texas markets on DirecTV channel 678 (678-1 HD) and Dish Network channel 447.

  Whitney Hand
 Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech
 Date  Wednesday, March 9, 2011 | 7:30 p.m
 Location  Kansas City, Mo. | Municipal Auditorium
 Tickets  Ticketmaster.com
 TV  Fox Sports Network
 COX Ch. 267/915 HD in Oklahoma City and Tulsa
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
 Webcast  Big12Sports.com
 Live Stats  Big12Sports.com
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

• Third-seeded Oklahoma earned a first-round bye and will play (6) Texas Tech in the second round Wednesday, March 9, at approximately 7:30 p.m. at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.
• The game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net (COX Ch. 37/722 HD in Oklahoma City and Ch. 27/722 HD in Tulsa) with Brenda VanLengen and Debbie Antonelli calling the game.
• The Sooner Sports Network radio broadcast with Brian Brinkley will be on KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City.

 Big 12 Championship Central | Bracket (PDF)

The Teams
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 20 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
• Texas Tech is not ranked.
• Oklahoma is 20-10 all-time in the Big 12 Championship. OU is 7-3 in the second round, 6-1 in the semifinals and 4-2 in the championship game. The Sooners are 8-8 all-time at Municipal Auditorium.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 333-153 (.685) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Texas Tech head coach Kristy Curry is 87-71 (.551) in her fifth season with the Lady Raiders and 266-122 (.686) in her 12th overall.

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
 2010-11 Statistics
 Danielle Robinson
 18.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.8 apg
 Aaryn Ellenberg
 16.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg
 Whitney Hand
So. (RS)
 11.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg
 Carlee Roethlisberger
 6.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg
 Nicole Griffin
 4.8 ppg, 3.2 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.

20 for 2011
Oklahoma reached 20 wins for the sixth consecutive season. OU has recorded all 10 of Sherri Coale's 20-win seasons in the past 12 years and has 16 total in the program's history.

 Sooner to Watch 

Danielle Robinson | Sr. | Guard
The senior point guard was a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 First Team, her third appearance, and Big 12 All-Defensive Team, a fourth time. Robinson will tie Courtney Paris for second in career starts in OU history with her 136th on Wednesday.


Third-seeded Oklahoma will face the winner of a first-round matchup between (6) Texas Tech and (11) Oklahoma State, which, coincidentally, were the Sooners' last two regular season opponents.

Oklahoma's second round game is Wednesday, March 9, at approximately 7:30 p.m.

The Sooners have a 20-10 record in the Big 12 Championship and have won a league record four tournament titles with the last coming in 2007. The Sooners were defeated by Texas A&M, 74-67, in the 2010 championship game.

Texas Tech ended OU's 11-game winning streak against the Lady Raiders with a 61-56 victory in Lubbock on Saturday, March 2, and lead the all-time series 22-21. OU and Texas Tech have never met in the Big 12 Championship.

Robinson, Ellenberg Earn All-Big 12 Honors
Oklahoma's Danielle Robinson and Aaryn Ellenberg were among the honorees as the All-Big 12 awards were announced.

Robinson was named to the All-Big 12 First Team for the third straight season and completed her career as a four-time member of the All-Defensive Team, voted this year as a unanimous selection to both squads by the coaches. The senior point guard was the league's fourth-leading scorer, averaging 18.4 points this season. Robinson was also among the Big 12's top five players in field goal percentage, assists and steals.

With 2,047 career points, Robinson enters postseason as the ninth-leading scorer in the history of the Big 12 Conference with her next target former Sooner LaNeisha Caufield, who totaled 2,125 points. The San Jose, Calif., native is also seventh all-time in assists and sixth in steals.

Ellenberg was a unanimous selection to the Big 12's All-Freshman Team and an honorable mention to the All-Big 12 Team. The Las Vegas, Nev., native was the Big 12's leading freshmen scorer, averaging 16.9 points, and the top free throw shooter and fifth leading-rebounder among first-year players.

Hand a V Foundation Comeback Award Finalist
Oklahoma's Whitney Hand was named a finalist for the 11th Annual V Foundation Comeback Award Thursday.

The award is presented in memory of Jim Valvano, the late basketball coach and ESPN commentator, whose personal battle with cancer inspired the creation of The V Foundation.

The other finalists are Jessica Breland, North Carolina; Dawn Evans, James Madison; Jacki Gemelos, USC; Angel Goodrich, Kansas; Levi Knutson, Colorado; Andrea "Drey" Mingo, Purdue; Cory Pflieger, Rice; Thomas Robinson, Kansas; Kim Rodgers, Maryland; and Krystal Thomas, Duke.

Robinson an Academic All-American
Danielle Robinson was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Women's Basketball Team on Thursday, Feb. 24. She was the lone representative from the Big 12 Conference. The senior maintains a 3.50 GPA in sociology and is the seventh OU women's basketball player to have earned the distinction.

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 crossed the 2,000-point plateau against Colorado (Feb. 23) and 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 seven assists and three 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 (157-83, .656), all of which have come under Sherri Coale, a record four-time Big 12 Coach of the Year.

OU has won a league-high six regular-season conference crowns and four Big 12 Championship titles. Additionally, Sooners have won Big 12 Player of the Year six times, including Courtney Paris, who had a three-year streak taking the award. OU has also tallied five Big 12 Freshmen of the Year, including 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.

Ellenberg Sparking Beyond the Arc
The freshman is close to setting more Sooner records with her brilliant shooting this season. Ellenberg already has OU freshman records for 3-point makes and attempts, and the best single-season 3-point percentage overall for anyone with more than two made per game. Her 85 3-pointers made ranks fourth at OU and her 204 attempts is fifth. Her 41.7 3-point percentage would be sixth best if the season ended today.

Seniors Capture Career Home Wins Mark
In their 57th home game on Jan. 19 vs. Texas Tech, the 2011 seniors (Danielle Robinson, Carlee Roethlisberger, Lauren Willis) set the program for home wins over a four-year span. The 2011 class finished their time with 55 wins in 63 games (54 of 62 at the Lloyd Noble Center), besting the 2010 class, who completed their time with 50 total home wins in 58 games.

Sooners Lead Academic All-Big 12 Team
All six eligble 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. Carlee Roethlisberger was named to the second team (3.00-3.19 GPA).

Last Time Out
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Monique Smalls scored 13 points and the Lady Raiders earned their third victory over a Top 25 team in a month with a 61-56 win over Oklahoma.

Two weeks ago at home, the Lady Raiders toppled then-No. 1 Baylor 56-45 and then-No. 20 Iowa State 61-50 three days earlier. Texas Tech snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Sooners.

Texas Tech used a 10-2 run to start the second half, including 3-pointers from Kierra Mallard and Christine Hyde, to go up 41-37 with 14:24 remaining in the game. The Lady Raiders led the rest of the way, though Oklahoma pulled within 56-55 on a layup by Nicole Griffin with 1:37 remaining.

If OU advances to the semifinal round of the Big 12 Championship, that game will be played Friday, March 11, at 2:30 p.m. and be televised on Fox Sports Net.





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