Dec. 10, 2010

 
  Danielle Robinson
 New Mexico (5-4) vs. No. 11/13 Oklahoma (8-1)
 Date  Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010 | 2:07 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 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)

SUNDAY'S GAME PLAN
• Oklahoma hosts New Mexico at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m.
• The game will be televised on the Sooner Sports Network (KAUT Ch. 43 in Oklahoma City, COX Ch. 74 in Tulsa). Bob Carpenter and Billy Tubbs have the call.
• The game will be broadcast locally on KOKC 1520 AM with Brian Brinkley calling play-by-play. A live webcast will be available on SoonerSports.com All-Access.



SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer will be at the Lloyd Noble Center for the OU women's basketball game Sunday at 2 p.m. The duo will be available on the concourse during pre-game activities for photos.



The Teams
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 11 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and No. 13 in the Associated Press Poll. New Mexico is unranked.
• Oklahoma leads the overall series with the Lobos, 7-2, and have won the last three meetings. OU holds a 2-1 advantage at home.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 321-144 (.690) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• New Mexico head coach Don Flanagan is 332-154 (.683) in his 16th season with the school.

Big 12 Championship Football Day
• Members of the OU football team will be honored at halftime for their seventh Big 12 Championship and accept the official invitation to play Connecticut in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl from members of the Fiesta Bowl committee.
• Fans may take pictures with the Big 12 Championship Trophy in the Legacy Court area between 12:30 and 2 p.m.

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 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.

 New Mexico Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
4
 Tina Doughty
G
5-10
Fr.
 6.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg
11
 Lauren Taylor
G
6-0
Jr.
 18.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg
23
 Porche Torrance
F
6-0
Jr.
 9.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg
32
 Amanda Best
F
6-1
Sr.
 9.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg
52
 Jessica Kielpinski
F
6-1
Sr.
 9.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg

 

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
13
 Danielle Robinson
G
5-9
Sr.
 18.1 ppg, 6.3 apg
3
 Aaryn Ellenberg
G
5-7
Fr.
 18.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg
45
 Jasmine Hartman
G
5-10
Jr.
 3.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg
10
 Carlee Roethlisberger
F
6-1
Sr.
 7.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg
53
 Joanna McFarland
C
6-3
So.
 8.9 ppg, 9.2 rpg

PREVIEWING OKLAHOMA
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 USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and No. 13 in the Associated Press Poll this week.

Oklahoma has remained in the Top 25 of both polls since the beginning of 2005-06 season, a total of 98 weeks in the AP poll and 95 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 

Morgan Hook | Fr. | Guard
Hook lit up the Lloyd Noble Center in her last two games, totaling 51 points while making 14 of 17, or 82 percent, of her 3-point attempts. From off the bench, Hook's 21-point first half sparked the Sooners against Stephen F. Austin after OU missed 14 of its first 16 field goal attempts.

   

PREVIEWING NEW MEXICO
New Mexico (5-4) has had an up-and-down season as they prepare for Oklahoma. The Lobos lost to Texas Tech, 80-53, to open the season but defeated California, 63-54, in two overtimes and lost to Oklahoma State, 74-65, in two overtimes before dropping its last two games to Arizona State and Arizona.

Junior guards Lauren Taylor (10.1 points per game) and Porche Torrance (10.0) lead the Lobos in scoring. Torrance is the team's rebounding leader, averaging 8.1.

New Mexico is among the nation leaders in blocks per game with 41 total, but has struggled to score points and is 217th nationally in scoring offense.

Owasso, Okla., native Morgan Toben has played in six games, averaging 11 minutes.

Ellenberg Big 12 Freshman of the Week
Aaryn Ellenberg averaged 23 points in two games last week and took over as the Big 12's freshman scoring leader.

The 5-7 guard scored a career-high and game-leading 34 points in OU's loss to Ohio State Sunday, Dec. 5, setting a Schottenstein Center facility record. Her total was two points shy of Courtney Paris' freshman scoring record. Ellenberg's 22 first-half points were an OU freshman record for an opening period.

Ellenberg scored 12 points and had three steals in a 94-45 rout of Sam Houston State Wednesday, Dec. 1.

`Vegas' Hits the Jackpot
Aaryn Ellenberg, a Las Vegas, Nev., native has made at least two 3-pointers each of OU's nine games, the longest streak of its kind by a Sooner. Carin Stites had eight straight games with two or more 3's during the 1990-91 season and the injured Whitney Hand has an active streak of eight games.

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 nine-game double-figure scoring streak matches the third longest on record for a Sooner's start of a career. Molly McGuire (1979-80) started with nine games and Barbara Johnson (1978-78) started with 17 games of double-digit scoring.

Non-Conference Success
Oklahoma is 8-1 against non-conference teams this season, 22-6 in the past two years combined, 38-9 in the past three, 49-12 in the past four and 62-13 in the past five.

The Sooners also have a 38-game home winning streak against unranked non-conference opponents with the last loss in Norman being to SMU, 71-68, on Dec. 21, 2002.

Fishing for Assists
Of Danielle Robinson's 57 assists, 30 (53 percent) have become Aaryn Ellenberg or Morgan Hook field goals. Against Ohio State, all eight of Robinson's assists were to OU 3-pointers, including all five scored by Ellenberg. Of Hook's 34 made field goals, 53 percent are Robinson-assisted.

NEXT UP
Oklahoma visits Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena Sunday, Dec. 19, at 5 p.m.