Women's Hoops Regular Season Ends in Lubbock

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 04, 2011
  Aaryn Ellenberg
 Texas Tech (20-9, 7-8 Big 12) vs. Oklahoma (20-9, 10-5 Big 12)
 Date  Saturday, March 5, 2011 | 2 p.m
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center | Seating Views
 Tickets  TexasTech.com
 TV  Texas Tech Sports Network
 KAUT Ch. 43 in OKC, COX Ch. 74 in Tulsa
 ESPN Full Court PPV
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
 Webcast  TexasTech.com All-Access
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

• No. 18 Oklahoma finishes the regular season at Texas Tech, tipping off at 2 p.m. inside United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas.
• The game will be televised on the Texas Tech Sports Network with David Thetford and Marsha Sharp calling the action and available on KAUT Ch. 43 in Oklahoma City and COX Ch. 74 in Tulsa in addition to ESPN Full Court.
• The Sooner Sports Network radio broadcast with Brian Brinkley will be on KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City.

The Teams
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 17 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll. Texas Tech is not ranked.
• OU is searching for its first consecutive wins since Jan. 23.
• After winning, 71-61, in Norman on Jan. 19, Oklahoma tied the overall series with Texas Tech 21-21. The Lady Raiders hold a 12-8 advantage in Lubbock.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 333-152 (.687) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Kristy Curry is 86-71 (.548) in her fifth season at Texas Tech and is 265-122 (.685) in her 12th season overall.

 Texas Tech Projected Starters
 2010-11 Statistics
 Teena Wickett
 10.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg
 Kierra Mallard
 12.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg
 Christine Hyde
 6.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg
 Casey Morris
 9.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg
 Monique Smalls
 5.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
 2010-11 Statistics
 Danielle Robinson
 18.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.8 apg
 Aaryn Ellenberg
 16.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg
 Whitney Hand
So. (RS)
 11.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg
 Carlee Roethlisberger
 6.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg
 Nicole Griffin
 4.4 ppg, 3.0 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 

Aaryn Ellenberg | Fr. | Guard
OU's pint-sized playmaker continues to go after big names in the record books. After demolishing the Sooners' freshman records for 3-point shooting, Ellenberg is just seven treys away from matching the program's single-season record of 88 3-pointers made by Erin Higgins in 2005-06.


Texas Tech is 20-9 overall and 7-8 in the Big 12 after suffering an 83-59 loss at Texas on Wednesday.

Junior Kierra Mallard paces the team in scoring with a 12.3 average followed by senior Teena Wickett at 10.1 and sophomore Casey Morris at 9.9.

Mallard is averaging a team-best 7.2 rebounds per outing, while Wickett is averaging 6.0. Wickett is shooting 52 percent from the field. Morris is shooting 36.5 percent from behind the arc, and sophomore Chynna Brown has a team-best 88.2 percent from the free throw line.

Sophomore Monique Smalls has team highs of 107 assists and 75 steals. Mallard is the top shot blocker with 53 blocks.

The Lady Raiders are averaging 65.7 points per game, while allowing their opponents 56.7 points per contest. Tech is shooting 42.3 percent from the field, 34.9 percent from three-point range and 67.6 percent from the charity stripe.

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 11 assists and six 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 (157-82, .657), 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 has been pacing some of the Sooner records for 3-point shooting with her brilliant performances 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 81 3-pointers made ranks fourth all-time at OU and her 193 attempts is sixth. Her 42.0 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
NORMAN, Okla. -- Danielle Robinson had 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists and forward Carlee Roethlisberger had 14 points and seven rebounds as No. 18 Oklahoma rolled past Oklahoma State 81-66.

Oklahoma's senior class of Robinson, Roethlisberger and Lauren Willis went 55-8 at home, setting a school record for career home wins. The future looks bright, too, as freshman Aaryn Ellenberg scored 23 points for Oklahoma (20-9, 10-5 Big 12), which clinched its sixth straight 20-win season.

The Sooners will be the third seed in the upcoming conference tournament, behind Baylor and Texas A&M, regardless of what happens in their finale Saturday at Texas Tech.

Oklahoma will play an opponent to be determined in the second round of the Big 12 Championship Wednesday, March 15, at approximately 7:30 p.m. at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. The game will be televised on FSN.



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