Jan. 6, 2011

 
  Carlee Roethlisberger
 No. 17/19 Oklahoma (10-3) vs. Nebraska (10-4)
 Date  Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 | 2:07 p.m
 Location  Lincoln, Neb. | Devaney Center (13,595)
 TV  Sooner Sports Network
 KAUT TV-43 in Oklahoma City | THIS TV-Ch. 6.3 in Tulsa
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
 Webcast  HuskersNSide (Premium)
 Live Stats  Huskers.com
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

SATURDAY'S GAME PLAN
• Oklahoma opens its Big 12 schedule in Lincoln, visiting the Nebraska Cornhuskers Saturday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m.
• The game will be televised on the Sooner Sports Network, KAUT Ch. 43 in Oklahoma City and THIS TV-Channel 6.3 in Tulsa.
• The game will be broadcast locally on KOKC 1520 AM with Brian Brinkley calling play-by-play.

The Teams
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 17 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and No. 19 in the Associated Press Poll. Nebraska is unranked.
• Oklahoma holds the series advantage over Nebraska, 26-23, but the Huskers have won 16 of 23 matchups in Lincoln.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 323-146 (.689) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Nebraska head coach Connie Yori is 163-103 (.613) in her ninth season with the Huskers and 333-218 (.604) as a Div. I head coach.
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.

 Nebraska Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
35
 Jordan Hooper
F
6-2
Fr.
 15.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg
44
 Catheryn Redmon
C
6-3
Sr.
 10.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg
00
 Lindsey Moore
G
5-9
So.
 10.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg
5
 Kaitlyn Burke
G
5-7
Jr.
 6.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg
24
 Dominique Kelley
G
5-7
Sr.
 15.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
13
 Danielle Robinson
G
5-9
Sr.
 18.6 ppg, 6.2 apg
22
 Morgan Hook
G
5-10
Fr.
 11.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg
25
 Whitney Hand
G
6-1
RS-So.
 24 ppg, 11 rpg
10
 Carlee Roethlisberger
F
6-1
Sr.
 6.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg
53
 Joanna McFarland
C
6-3
So.
 8.5 ppg, 8.9 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.

Simliar Start
Oklahoma 10-3 pre-conference record puts the Sooners in familiar territory on the eve of Big 12 play. The 2005-06 team carried a 10-3 record before going undefeated (19-0) in conference play, earning Big 12 regular season and tournament championships. The 2009-10 Final Four team also began the year 10-3.

In the Polls
The Sooners are No. 17 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and No. 19 in the Associated Press Poll this week.

In the 603 week history of the AP Women's Basketball Top 25 Poll, the Sooners have been listed 204 times, including 183 weeks under Sherri Coale.

Oklahoma has remained in the Top 25 of both polls since the beginning of 2005-06 season, a total of 102 weeks in the AP poll and 99 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.

 
 Sooner to Watch 

Whitney Hand | RS-So. | Guard
What rust? Hand returned from 401 days between and 45 missed games to not only start, but total career highs of 24 points and 11 rebounds against TCU on Jan. 2. The co-captain looks to get her first 'W' since returning on Saturday against the Cornhuskers.

   

PREVIEWING NEBRASKA
The matchup pits the past two Big 12 regular-season champions against one another as Nebraska begins its defense of its 2010 title against the 2009 champion Sooners.

The Huskers expect the return of senior Dominique Kelley, who has missed three games with a knee injury. Kelley averages 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds.

Sophomore point guard Lindsey Moore recorded the first triple-double (12 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists) in Nebraska history in the team's win over Florida A&M last time out.

Moore averages 10.9 points and 5.7 assists.

The Sooners fell to Nebraska, 80-64, last season in Norman, but capped a four-game winning streak against the Huskers their last time in Lincoln, taking a 15-0 start from tip-off into a 77-56 victory.

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 (147-77, .655), 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.

On the Road Again
The Sooners play their fifth road game of the season Saturday at Nebraska, the fewest number of games away from home at this point of the season under Sherri Coale.

The Sooners are 1-3 in road games, having lost three straight away from home in a single season for the first time since the 2004-05 season and three consecutive true road games since the Jan. 2004.

However, those three road losses include some of the Sooners toughest opponents -- then No. 6 Ohio State, then-undefeated Arkansas and TCU -- that have a combined 22-2 record at home and average RPI of 42.

Nebraska, with an 8-0 home record, is No. 62 in the latest RPI.

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

Whitney Watch
Fort Worth, Texas, native Whitney Hand returned to the court in her hometown against TCU on Jan. 2 after 401 days and 45 missed games of ACL and cartilage rehab.

Hand started the game and set career highs in points and rebounds with 24 and 11, respectively.

NEXT UP
Oklahoma hosts Kansas State at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m.