No. 11 Sooners Meet No. 6 Buckeyes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 03, 2010
  Morgan Hook
 No. 11 Oklahoma (7-0) vs. No. 6 Ohio State (6-0)
 Date  Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 | 5 p.m Central
 Location  Columbus, Ohio | Value City Arena at the Schottenstein Center
 Tickets  (614) 292-2624
 TV  Big Ten Network (Not available on COX Cable)
 DirecTV 610 | AT&T U-verse 650/1650 HD
 DISH Network 439/9500 HD
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
 Webcast  None
 Live Stats
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

• Oklahoma and Ohio State surrender unblemished records for Sunday's night's Big Ten/Big 12 matchup in Columbus, Ohio.
• The game will be broadcast nationally on the Big Ten Network (DirecTV 610; AT&T U-verse 650 (HD 1650); DISH Network 439 (HD 9500) locally on the radio at KOKC 1520 AM. The live audio stream can also be heard via All-Access.

The Teams
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 11 in both the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and Associated Press Poll.
• Ohio State is ranked sixth in both polls.
• Oklahoma and Ohio State have met twice previously with the Buckeyes winning both meetings. OSU won 75-71 in Columbus on Jan. 9, 2006, and 74-67 in Norman on Dec. 20, 2006.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 320-143 (.691) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Ohio State head coach Jim Foster is 218-52 (.807) in his seventh year at Ohio State and 722-277 (.722) in his 31st year overall.

Tickets for Sooner Women's Basketball
• OU Season Tickets are available for as low as $140. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-456-GoOU.
• Single-game tickets went on sale to the general public 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.

 Ohio State Projected Starters
 2010-11 Statistics
 Tayler Hill
 13.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg
 Samantha Prahalis
 17.7 ppg, 9.0 apg
 Brittany Johnson
 12.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg
 Jantel Lavender
 24.7 ppg, 11.5 rpg
 Sarah Schulze
 4.7 ppg, 9.2 rpg

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
 2010-11 Statistics
 Danielle Robinson
 19.1 ppg, 5.9 apg
 Aaryn Ellenberg
 16.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg
 Jasmine Hartman
 4.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg
 Carlee Roethlisberger
 5.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg
 Joanna McFarland
 8.7 ppg, 9.3 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 six 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, who suffered an ACL injury five games into the 2009-10 season is expected back on court in January 2011.

The Sooners introduce six newcomers, including high school All-Americans Aaryn Ellenberg and Nicole Griffin.

In the Polls
The Sooners are No. 11 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Polls this week.

Oklahoma has remained in the Top 25 of both polls since the beginning of 2005-06 season, a total of 97 weeks in the AP poll and 94 in the coaches' (including preseason 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.

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's 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

 Sooner to Watch 

Carlee Roethlisberg | Sr. | Forward
Roethlisberger will play her first collegiate game in her home state Sunday. The Findlay, Ohio, native grew up a two-hour drive north of Columbus and will have several dozen friends and family in the stands to cheer for her and the Sooners in their toughest test to date.


Ohio State represents Oklahoma's toughest matchup this season and just the second game away from home for the Sooners. The Buckeyes are ranked No. 6 in both the USA Today/Coaches and Associated Press polls and are No. 1 in RPI according to

Ohio State is scoring 77.0 points per game this season, hitting at least 80 three times. Senior All-American Jantel Lavender is averaging a Big Ten-best 24.7 points per game and 11.0 rebounds. She has four double-doubles on the year scored a career-high 37 points in the victory at Temple.

Lavender became Ohio State's all-time leading rebounder, breaking Tracey Hall's 22-year-old school record of 1,115 set from 1985-88, in her last game versus Virginia.

Ohio State is 130-10 at home overall under Jim Foster, in his seventh season at Columbus.

All-America honorable mention Samantha Prahalis missed the first three games of the 2010-11 season for an NCAA secondary rules violation. She returned against ETSU and recorded 18 points and eight assists in 31 minutes.

Roethlisberger Returns Home
Senior forward Carlee Roethlisberger will play collegiately for the first time in her home state when OU visits Ohio State. Roethlisberger grew up in Findlay, Ohio, a two-hour drive north of Columbus. Roethlisberger expects at least 50 friends and family in the stands for Sunday's game.

Oklahoma vs. the Top 10
The Sooners are 19-37 against the AP Top 10 since the 1999-2000 season when they reappeared in the rankings under Sherri Coale. The figure includes the program's two losses to Ohio State.

OU's senior class is 7-14 against Top 10 teams, having gone 0-4 in 2007-08, 4-4 in 2008-09 and 3-6 in 2009-10.

Non-Conference Success
Oklahoma is 7-0 against non-conference teams this season, 21-5 in the past two years combined, 37-8 in the past three, 48-11 in the past four and 61-12 in the past five.

The Sooners also have a 31-game home winning streak against unranked non-conference opponents.

Fishing for Assists
Of Danielle Robinson's 41 assists, 13 (32 percent) have become Morgan Hook field goals. That's more than double the number to any other teammate. Of Hook's 25 made field goals, 52 percent are Robinson-assisted.

Ellenberg Rolls Doubles
Aaryn Ellenberg became the second Sooner freshman under Sherri Coale to reach double figure scoring in her first four college games. The other was Courtney Paris, whose consecutive double-figure scoring streak reached an NCAA record 120 games.

Ellenberg's seven-game double-figure scoring streak is the fourth longest on record for a Sooner's start of a career.

Buckeye Bound
The last time Oklahoma played a game in Ohio was in the 2007 Sweet 16 at the Dayton Regional. The Sooners lost to Mississippi, 90-82, on a sweltering day at the Flyers' Arena.

A 3-point barrage by the Sooners scored a 94-45 defeat over Sam Houston State Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.

• Freshman Morgan Hook set an OU freshman record with seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 25 points. Hook made four consecutive OU field goals after being subbed in the game near the first media timeout and made her first five, including three 3-pointers, before missing an attempt.

• Six different Sooners made 3-pointers. OU scored 45 of 94 points from beyond the arc.

• OU's 15 total 3's made was one shy of the team record set against Oklahoma State set March 7, 2010, in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals.

• With the game tied 6-6, OU head coach Sherri Coale subbed in Morgan Hook, who hit a Danielle Robinson-assisted 3-pointer, layup and steal to fast-break layup to put the Sooners up 11-6.

• Danielle Robinson (five) and Aaryn Ellenberg (three) combined for eight of OU's 10 steals.

Possession Obsession
Oklahoma's defense stifled its first four opponents, forcing more turnovers from each than allowing field goals. In the opening four-game span, OU forced 99 opponent turnovers and allowed just 68 field goals.

Though OU hasn't pulled the feat in its last three games, this season, the Sooners have scored 177 points off turnovers, 29 percent of their total scoring (616 points). The Sooner defense has allowed just 133 field goals and forced 148 turnovers.

Robinson Takes Over
Oklahoma's Danielle Robinson was the season's first Big 12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week and made a case for week two with a second straight 20-point performance against Western Illinois.

Against WIU, Robinson had the best first half of her college career with 18 points in the opening period. The senior guard took over with five minutes before halftime, scoring 12 consecutive for OU off three steal-to-fast break layup conversions, four free throws and a good jumper.

Against Milwaukee in OU's first game, the preseason All-America candidate scored 16 of her 20 after halftime as Oklahoma wrestled a three-point advantage to a 17-point victory. During one stretch early in the second period, Robinson scored 14 of 16 Sooner points and counted the assist on the field goal that wasn't hers.

In the Basketball Travelers Invitational, Robinson earned MVP honors after averaging 20.0 points per game.

Last time out versus Sam Houston State, Robinson exploded form a sluggish start with a 17-point first half and dished three assists to Morgan Hook, who converted her first three 3-point attempts.

`Just Let `Em Go'
It's Danielle Robinson's answer to how she leads the OU freshmen and it has worked well so far. Freshmen guards Aaryn Ellenberg and Morgan Hook had impressive collegiate debuts for the Sooners and have continued to strut their stuff.

In the season opener at Milwaukee, the duo combined for 27 points, the most for a pair of OU freshmen in a single game since Robinson (20) and Carlee Roethlisberger (eight) scored 28 against South Carolina on Dec. 30, 2007.

Each had made at least one 3-pointer a game and they have accounted for 22 percent of OU's total points as Ellenberg (second) and Hook (third) are among the Sooners' top three scorers.

Oklahoma hosts Stephen F. Austin at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m.



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