Jan. 28, 2011

 
  Lyndsey Cloman
 Oklahoma State (13-5, 1-4 Big 12) vs. Oklahoma (15-4, 5-1 Big 12)
 Date  Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 | 12 p.m
 Location  Stillwater, Okla. | Gallagher-Iba Arena
 Tickets  OSU Athletics Ticket Office | 1-877-ALL-4OSU
 TV  Fox Sports Net
 COX 37/722 HD in Oklahoma City | COX Ch. 27/722 HD in Tulsa
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City | KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
 Webcast  None
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

SATURDAY'S GAME PLAN
• The first of two Oklahoma Farm Bureau Bedlam Series games in women's basketball commences Saturday, Jan. 29, at high noon when Oklahoma and Oklahoma State meet at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.
• The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net (COX Ch. 37/722 HD in Oklahoma City and COX Ch. 27/722 HD in Tulsa) with Brenda VanLengen and Debbie Antonelli calling the action.
• The radio broadcast with Brian Brinkley will be on KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City and KTBZ AM 1430 in Tulsa.

The Teams
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 12 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll. Oklahoma State is not ranked.
• Oklahoma leads the overall series, 51-35, and has a 20-17 advantage in Stillwater. OU has won six straight meetings and 23 of the last 24.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 328-147 (.691) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Kurt Budke is 107-73 (.594) in his sixth season at Oklahoma State and 187-87 (.682) in his ninth overall.

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 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.

 Oklahoma State Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
00
 Lakyn Garrison
G
5-5
Sr.
 8.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg
3
 Tiffany Bias
G
5-6
Fr.
 8.6 ppg, 2.4 apg
11
 Jenni Bryan
G
5-9
Fr.
 4.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg
15
 Toni Young
F
6-2
Fr.
 14.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg
24
 Vicky McIntyre
C
6-6
So.
 8.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
13
 Danielle Robinson
G
5-9
Sr.
 19.0 ppg, 5.3 apg
3
 Aaryn Ellenberg
G
5-7
Fr.
 16.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg
25
 Whitney Hand
G
6-1
So. (RS)
 15.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg
10
 Carlee Roethlisberger
F
6-1
Sr.
 6.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg
53
 Joanna McFarland
C
6-3
So.
 6.6 ppg, 7.9 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 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.

In the Polls
The Sooners are No. 12 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and No. 13 in the Associated Press Poll this week.

In the 606 week history of the AP Women's Basketball Top 25 Poll, the Sooners have been listed 207 times, including 186 weeks under Sherri Coale.

Oklahoma has remained in the Top 25 of both polls since the beginning of 2005-06 season, a total of 105 weeks in the AP poll and 102 in the coaches' (including preseason and final 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.

Ellenberg Big 12 Freshman of the Week
Aaryn Ellenberg averaged 26 points and four rebounds while shooting 53 percent from 3-point range in OU's two win last week. She scored a game-leading 24 points against Texas Tech on Jan. 19, handing the Lady Raiders their first Big 12 loss. Ellenberg scored 15 points in the first 13 minutes of the second period, helping turn OU's two-point halftime deficit into a 13-point lead.

 
 Sooner to Watch 

Danielle Robinson | Sr. | Guard
The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award finalist willed the Sooners back from a 17-point deficit against Texas A&M with 17 second half points for a total of 33 against the Aggies. It was Robinson 104th double-figure scoring game, matching Stacey Dales for the third most ever by a Sooner.

   

PREVIEWING OKLAHOMA STATE
A young Oklahoma State team started the season 13-1 but have lost four of five in Big 12 play and host the Sooners following a 63-56 loss to Texas in Austin.

Sophomore forward Toni Young leads the Cowgirls, averaging 14.3 points and 8.3 rebounds. Young, a multi-talented athlete who matched the national high school high jump record of 6 feet, 4 inches has been OSU's leading scorer in 10 of its 18 games.

The freshmen duo of 6-6 center Vicky McIntyre and 5-6 guard Tiffany Bias score 8.9 and 8.6 points per game, respectively.

Senior Lakyn Garrison adds 8.5 points per game and freshman Jenni Bryan, who has started in OSU's previous two contests, contributes 4.3 points per game.

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.

Ellenberg Big 12 Freshman of the Week
Ellenberg averaged 26 points and four rebounds while shooting 53 percent from 3-point range in OU's two win last week. She scored a game-leading 24 points against Texas Tech on Jan. 19, handing the Lady Raiders their first Big 12 loss. Ellenberg scored 15 points in the first 13 minutes of the second period, helping turn OU's two-point halftime deficit into a 13-point lead.

Oklahoma's Big 12 Dominance
No Big 12 team has won more games, titles or honors since the formation of 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 (152-78, .661), all of which have come under Sherri Coale who has been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year a record four times.

The Sooners have won a league-high six regular-season conference crowns and four Big 12 Championship titles. In addition, Oklahoma players have won Big 12 Player of the Year six times, including Courtney Paris, who had a streak of three years taking the award. OU has also tallied five Big 12 Freshmen of the Year, including current Sooners 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.

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 now has 51 wins in 58 games (50 of 57 at the Lloyd Noble Center), passing the 2010 class, who completed their time with 50 total home wins in 58 games.

Sooners Past 4-0 Starts Bred Championships
The five previous times Oklahoma started 4-0 in Big 12 play (2000, 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2009), it won at least a share of the regular season conference title. OU managed a 5-0 start in 2000, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.

In 2006, OU became the first team to finish 16-0 in regular season Big 12 play. Those Sooners also swept through the conference tournament as part of 26 consecutive wins versus Big 12 teams between Jan. 2006 and Jan. 2007.

Possession Obsession
Oklahoma's defense has stifled its Big 12 opponents, allowing only 95 field goals and forcing 102 turnovers in conference play. Kansas was the only conference opponent that made more field goals than had turnovers (18 to 16).

This season, the Sooners have scored 375 points off turnovers, 26 percent of their total scoring (1,355 points). OU has allowed just 363 field goals and forced 365 turnovers.

Last Time Out: No. 6 Texas A&M 80, No. 13 Oklahoma 78
Danielle Robinson led Oklahoma with 33 points and almost single-handedly fueled a comeback from a 17-point first-half deficit. With the score tied 78-all in the final minute, Oklahoma missed three chances to take the lead, as Robinson missed two driving layups, hitting nothing on the second try. But the Sooners got the basketball back both times before Adams fouled Robinson 25 feet from the basket.

After Robinson missed, Adaora Elonu missed on a driving layup attempt, but Adams rebounded and was fouled by Lyndsey Cloman, setting up the winning free throws.

• Oklahoma halftime deficit of 14 points (47-33) was its greatest of the season. Texas A&M gained a 17-point lead in the first half, the largest by a Sooner opponent this season.

• OU scored the first 10 points of the second half to close the Texas A&M lead to 4. The Aggies returned the lead to 11 points before Danielle Robinson scored on five consecutive times for OU and then assisted a Carlee Roethlisberger 3 that tied the game 65-65 with eight minutes to play.

NEXT UP
Oklahoma visits No. 1 Baylor in Waco, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 2. The game will be televised on the Sooner Sports Network.