Women's Hoops Ends Preseason Wednesday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 09, 2010

Nov. 9, 2010

  Kodi Morrison
 Oklahoma (0-0) vs. Cameron (0-0)
 Date & Tip Time  Wednesday, Nov. 10, 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.
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The OU's women's basketball team completes its preseason Wednesday with its final exhibition game, hosting Cameron University (Lawton, Okla.) at 7 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. The game will be aired locally on KOKC 1520 AM and can be viewed online at SoonerSports.com via the All-Access Webcast.

• 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.

• The OU Dunk Team will perform 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
• Though this preseason meeting is the first in some time, the series between Cameron and Oklahoma goes back to the infancy of both programs. OU and Cameron met in the 1977-78 season opener in Norman and once again later in the season. OU also hosted Cameron in its home opener of the 1982-93 season. OU won each matchup by an average margin of 25 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.
• Cameron head coach Tom Webb is in his second season coaching the Lady Aggies, who had a 9-18 record last year.

 Sooner to Watch 

 Carlee Roethlisberger | Sr. | Forward
 After sitting OU's first exhibition game for precautionary reasons with a minor ankle sprain, Roethlisberger will see game action for the first time Wednesday night. The senior co-captain's abilities will allow the Sooners more opportunities in both perimeter shooting and inside penetration.


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

NCAA Division II Cameron University begins its second season under the guidance of head coach Tom Webb. The Lady Aggies were picked to finish fifth in the Lone Star Conference.

Cameron senior Josie Stewart was the LSC Newcomer of the Year and an all-conference second team player last season. The guard averaged 18.1 points and 6.3 rebounds.

NJCAA All-American Sabelle Diata will push for the conference newcomer of the year award in 2010-11 after finishing a career a Northeastern (Colo.) Junior College as the program's all-time leading scorer and rebounder.

CU lost an exhibition game to Tulsa, 76-52, on Nov. 6. Diata led the Lady Aggies with 15 points and six rebounds while Stewart provided an additional nine points.

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

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).

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)

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

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)

Oklahoma opens its regular season at Milwaukee on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. Milwaukee is the hometown of freshman center Nicole Griffin. The game will be aired on KOKC 1520 AM.



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