OU Opens Season at Milwaukee

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 12, 2010

Nov. 12, 2010

  Nicole Griffin
 Oklahoma (0-0) vs. Milwaukee (0-0)
 Date & Tip Time  Saturday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m. CT
 Location  Milwaukee, Wis. | Klotsche Center (3,500)
 Tickets  Milwaukee Athletics Ticket Office
 (414) 229-5886


 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
 Webcast  HorizonLeague.net TV
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

The OU's women's basketball team opens the season on the road Saturday, Nov. 13, at Milwaukee at the Klotsche Center. The game can be viewed online via webcast at HorizonLeague.net TV. The game will be aired locally on KOKC 1520 AM.

On the Road
• The Sooners open their season in a true road game for the first time since opening at Tennessee to start the 2002-03 season.
• Oklahoma and UW-Milwaukee have met once before in the season opener of the 2006-07 season in Norman (Nov. 11, 2006). The Sooners won 89-57. Milwaukee is the hometown of Sooner freshman Nicole Griffin.

Remembering Rosalind Ross
• The game will be dedicated to former OU basketball standout Rosalind Ross, a Milwaukee native, who will be honored by both teams before tip-off.
• Ross started all 36 games of the 2002 season when the OU women advanced to the program's first Final Four appearance and finished the season ranked No. 2, the program's all-time highest standing. Ross was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team and was later selected 16th overall by the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA Draft.

The Game
• 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.
• Milwaukee head coach Sandy Botham is 224-186 in her 15th season and 246-190 in her 16th overall.

 Milwaukee Projected Starters
 2009-10 Statistics
 Sammy Theut
 1.7 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.5 apg
 Angela Rodriguez
 Sami Tucker
 7.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg
 Lindsay Laur
 13.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg
 Courtney Lindfors

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
 2009-10 Statistics
 Danielle Robinson
 16.8 ppg, 5.3 apg
 Aaryn Ellenberg
 22.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg in HS
 Jasmine Hartman
 2.2 ppg, 1.6 rpg
 Carlee Roethlisberger
 6.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg
 Joanna McFarland
 3.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg

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 Naismith Trophy Watch List
• Preseason All-Big 12 First Team
• Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Candidate

 Sooner to Watch 

 Danielle Robinson | Sr. | Guard
 There was no stopping Danielle Robinson in the preseason as she scored 39 points in 47 total minutes of play. The Preseason All-American made 17 of 26 field goal attempts and had 10 steals. Robinson needs 216 assists to become OU's all-time leader and she'll begin the countdown Saturday.


The Panthers are coming off a 78-60 win over Division III UW-La Crosse in their lone exhibition contest of the preseason. Milwaukee is looking to open the season with a win for the second-straight year and for the third time in the last four.

Lindsay Laur scored 18 points and had 17 rebounds to lead the Panthers to a 76-60 win over UW-La Crosse Saturday in an exhibition game at the Klotsche Center. Milwaukee led by eight points at halftime and then steadily pulled away in the second 20 minutes. UWM wound up shooting 54.8 percent from the floor for the game. Freshman Courtney Lindfors actually led the team in scoring with 19 points, while freshman Angela Rodriguez added 12 points. Laur also had six assists and six steals as part of her overall effort, while Anne Breland pitched-in with 11 points off the bench, hitting three 3-pointers.

Angela Rodriguez and Courtney Lindfors were in the starting lineup Saturday against La Crosse, cracking the starting five as freshmen. Should the duo start the season-opener against Oklahoma Nov. 13, as they are projected to do, it would mark the first time in the program's Division I era that two freshmen have started a season opener for the Panthers.

Oklahoma was perfect in the preseason with two wins against exhibition opponents Oklahoma Christian, 91-42, and Cameron University (Lawton, Okla.), 85-23.

The Sooners forced a combined 80 turnovers and allowed just 23-of-101 (.227) field goal shooting.

Preseason All-American Danielle Robinson led scoring in both games, averaging 19.5 points. The Sooners generated at least one double-digit scoring run in each of the four periods of preseason play.

OU freshman Nicole Griffin will play her first collegiate game in her hometown as the Sooners visit Milwaukee for their season opener.

Griffin, who helped Vincent High School win three state titles and compile a 95-8 record over four years, was Wisconsin's Gatorade Player of the Year, a PARADE High School All-American, the Associated Press' Player of the Year and the lone unanimous pick for the all-state team as a high school senior.

The 6-foot-6 Griffin was rated the No. 10 center in the ESPN HoopGurlz 100 when she signed with OU and became the team's tallest player in program history.

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 Nebraska
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's home opener is Friday, Nov. 19, versus Western Illinois. The game will be aired on KOKC 1520 AM.



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