Dec. 17, 2010

 
  Danielle Robinson
 No. 12 Oklahoma (9-1) at Arkansas (10-0)
 Date  Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010 | 5:07 p.m
 Location  Fayetteville, Ark. | Bud Walton Arena (19,200)
 Tickets  Arkansas Athletics Ticket Office
 1-800-982-4647
 TV  Sooner Sports Network
 KAUT 43 in Oklahoma City | COX Ch. 3 in Tulsa
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
 Webcast  RazorVision
 Live Stats  Razorbacks.com
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

SUNDAY'S GAME PLAN
• Oklahoma visits Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark., Sunday, Dec. 19, at 5 p.m.
• The game will be televised on the Sooner Sports Network (KAUT Ch. 43 (COX Ch. 16) in Oklahoma City, COX Ch. 74 in Tulsa) with Bob Carpenter and Billy Tubbs calling the action.
• The game will be broadcast locally on KOKC 1520 AM with Brian Brinkley calling play-by-play.

The Teams
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 12 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and No. 12 in the Associated Press Poll. Arkansas is unranked.
• Oklahoma leads the overall series with Arkansas, 9-6, though the Razorbacks hold a 5-3 advantage in Fayetteville.
• Last year's matchup in Norman on Dec. 5 was decided in overtime. OU won 87-86 as Danielle Robinson blazed across court for a game-tying layup to end regulation as part of a career-high 31 points and Amanda Thompson made a layup on a baseline drive with 9 seconds remaining in overtime.
• The only other meeting between the two schools during Sherri Coale's tenure also ended in overtime. The Sooners lost in Fayetteville, 97-93, on March 14, 1999, in the second round on the WNIT.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 322-144 (.691) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Arkansas head coach Tom Collen is 56-45 (.554) in his fourth season with the Razorbacks and 273-115 (.702) in his 13th 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 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.

 Arkansas Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
22
 C'eira Ricketts
G
5-9
Jr.
 12.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg
33
 Lyndsay Harris
G
5-9
Jr.
 12.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg
3
 Jamesha Townsend
F
6-2
Jr.
 2.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg
12
 Ashley Daniels
F
6-2
Jr.
 9.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
4
 Sarah Watkins
C
6-3
So.
 13.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
13
 Danielle Robinson
G
5-9
Sr.
 18.4 ppg, 6.1 apg
3
 Aaryn Ellenberg
G
5-7
Fr.
 17.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg
45
 Jasmine Hartman
G
5-10
Jr.
 3.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg
10
 Carlee Roethlisberger
F
6-1
Sr.
 6.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg
53
 Joanna McFarland
C
6-3
So.
 8.9 ppg, 9.6 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. 12 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and No. 12 in the Associated Press Poll this week.

In the 600-week history of the AP Women's Basketball Top 25 Poll, the Sooners have been listed 201 times, including 180 weeks under Sherri Coale.

Oklahoma has remained in the Top 25 of both polls since the beginning of 2005-06 season, a total of 99 weeks in the AP poll and 96 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.

600 Weeks of the AP Top 25
Monday marked the 600th edition of the AP Women's Basketball Top 25 Poll, launched by Mel Greenberg in the Philadelphia Enquirer in November 1976.

The Sooners first appeared in weeks 10 and 11 of the 1984-85 season at No. 19, and spent most of the next year in the polls before all but disappearing until the past decade.

In all, the Sooners have been listed 201 times, including 180 weeks under Sherri Coale.

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 returns to her home state following a series of excellent performances in Norman that earned her Big 12 Freshman of the Week honors. Hook's 26-point performance against Stephen F. Austin and last-second heroics versus New Mexico kept OU's 39-game home winning streak against unranked non-conference opponents alive for at least another week.

   

PREVIEWING ARKANSAS
Arkansas powered past Oral Roberts, 80-63, on Thursday night to extend its record to 10-0 and become one of just nine undefeated teams in NCAA Division I play.

Sophomore center Sarah Watkins, who counted her first career double-double versus ORU, leads the Razorbacks with 13.1 points per game.

Lyndsey Harris and C'eira Ricketts provide 12.6 and 12.3, respectively, and Ashley Daniels and Jamesha Townsend complete a starting lineup that has remained unchanged all season.

The Razorbacks are one of the better defensive teams in the country this year, allowing only a .341 opponent field goal percentage, blocking more than five shots per game and holding a +4.2 turnover margin.

Hook Goes Home
Morgan Hook, a native of Lowell, Ark., will play her first collegiate game in her home state, just 17 miles from her backyard to Bud Walton Arena.

Hook, who committed to OU before her sophomore year, played at Rogers High School, becoming its all-time scoring leader (1,516 points) and a two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year.

Freshman Nicole Griffin, who played her first collegiate game in the season opener at UW-Milwaukee, and senior Carlee Roethlisberger, who had a career game with 18 points and 10 rebounds at Ohio State, are Sooners who have also played in the home states for the first time this season.

Hook is Big 12's Freshman of the Week
Morgan Hook was the second Sooner freshman in as many weeks to earn Big 12 Freshman of the Week honors.

Hook averaged 22.5 points and made 12 of 16 (75 percent) 3-point attempts while leading the Sooners to two victories against Stephen F. Austin and New Mexico. Hook made 15 of her 20 field goals (75 percent) had four rebounds, three assists and just two turnovers during her time on the court. She accounted for 31 percent of OU's total scoring in the two victories.

Whitney Watch
Following the game at Arkansas on Dec. 19, Hand will resume full participation in practices and expects to play in the Jan. 2 game at TCU in her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.

If Hand returns on Jan. 2, it will have been 401 days since she tore her ACL in the first half of an 87-48 rout of San Diego State in the Virgin Islands on Nov. 27, 2009.

Non-Conference Success
Oklahoma is 9-1 against non-conference teams this season, 23-6 in the past two years combined, 39-9 in the past three, 50-12 in the past four and 63-13 in the past five.

The Sooners also have a 39-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 61 assists, 33 (54 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 40 made field goals, 53 percent are Robinson-assisted.

NEXT UP
Oklahoma hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff at the Lloyd Noble Center Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 7 p.m.