Feb. 17, 2011

 
  Danielle Robinson
 Texas (17-8, 6-1 Big 12) vs. Oklahoma (18-7, 8-3 Big 12)
 Date  Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 | 5:05 p.m
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center | Seating Views
 Tickets  $5, $8 and $15; Free to OU students with valid OU I.D.
 OU Athletics Ticket Office
 TV  Fox Sports Network
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
 Webcast  None
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

PACK THE PLACE PINK GAME PLAN
• No. 14 Oklahoma hosts Texas for Pack the Place Pink Night at the Lloyd Noble Center Saturday, Feb. 19, at 5 p.m.
• In honor of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and breast cancer awareness, the Sooners will wear special pink uniforms and auction several items commemorating the game online at SoonerSports.com.
• The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net with Brenda VanLengen and Dan Hughes calling the action.
• The Sooner Sports Network radio broadcast with Brian Brinkley will be on KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City.

AUTOGRAPH NIGHT
• Sherri Coale and the OU women's basketball will sign autographs on the upper concourse shortly following the game. The OU Athletics Department will provide a poster of the team in their pink uniforms.

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The Teams
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 12 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll. Texas is not ranked in either poll.
• Texas leads the overall series 22-17 and has played even with the Sooners in 16 matchups in Norman, but the Sooners captured an overtime victory in Austin on Jan. 16. Rebounding from a 75-57 loss to Texas in Norman last season was opined as the catalyst for OU's second straight Final Four appearance.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 331-150 (.688) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Gail Goestenkors is 82-44 (.651) in her fourth season at Texas and 477-143 (.769) in her 19th 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.

 Texas Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
5
 Kathleen Nash
F
6-2
Sr.
 14.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg
12
 Yvonne Anderson
G
5-7
Jr.
 10.9 ppg, 2.5 apg
24
 Chassidy Fussell
G
5-10
Fr.
 17.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg
32
 Kristen Nash
F
6-3
Sr.
 5.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg
33
 Ashleigh Fontenette
G
5-8
Jr.
 12.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg

 

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
13
 Danielle Robinson
G
5-9
Sr.
 18.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.9 apg
3
 Aaryn Ellenberg
G
5-7
Fr.
 16.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg
25
 Whitney Hand
G
6-1
So. (RS)
 11.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg
10
 Carlee Roethlisberger
F
6-1
Sr.
 6.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg
4
 Nicole Griffin
C
6-6
Fr.
 3.9 ppg, 3.0 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. 15 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and No. 14 in the Associated Press Poll this week.

In the 609 week history of the AP Women's Basketball Top 25 Poll, the Sooners have been listed 210 times, including 189 weeks under Sherri Coale.

Oklahoma has remained in the Top 25 of both polls since the beginning of 2005-06 season, a total of 108 weeks in the AP poll and 105 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 

Nicole Griffin | Fr. | Center
Since picking up a spot in the starting lineup two games ago, Griffin has been the Sooners' second-leading scorer and rebounder, collecting 17 points and 10 rebounds. Griffin also has a team-leading .600 field goal percentage in that span.

   

PREVIEWING TEXAS
Texas is 6-1, with its only loss to No. 1 Baylor, since starting conference play with four straight losses that included an overtime victory by Oklahoma in Austin.

Now, with a 6-5 league record after defeating Nebraska, 67-55, on Tuesday, Texas comes to the Lloyd Noble Center needing a key victory to stay in the race for a first-round bye in the conference tournament and to solidify its NCAA tournament hopes.

Freshman Chassidy Fussell leads the Longhorns, averaging 17.9 points. Fussell has scored in double figures in all but one game this year and led the Longhorns from an 11-point second half deficit into overtime against the Sooners with 10 of her 11 total points scored in the final six minutes of regulation.

Forward Kristen Nash adds 14.1 points per game and a team-leading 8.3 rebounds. Guards Ashleigh Fontenette (12.5) and Yvonne Anderson (10.9) also have double-digit scoring averages.

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 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 36 points, 29 assists and 12 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 (154-80, .658), 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.

Sooners Lead Academic All-Big 12 Team
Six 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. Senior Carlee Roethlisberger was named to the second team (3.00-3.19 GPA).

Two Sooners Named Academic All-District
Danielle Robinson, a sociology senior, was named to the Captial One Academic All-District 6 women's basketball first team and will be eligible for Academic All-America consideration. Joanna McFarland, a biochemistry/chemistry sophomore, was voted to the second team.

Last Time Out: No. 2 Connecticut 86, No. 14 Oklahoma 45
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Maya Moore cared more about her team's stellar play than breaking another record.

The senior All-American had 27 points to pass Angel McCoughtry as the Big East's all-time scoring leader as No. 2 UConn routed Oklahoma (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) 86-45 on Monday night.

Danielle Robinson led Oklahoma (18-7) with 14 points and Nicole Griffin added 10. UConn shot 56 percent from the field (36-for-64) and held Oklahoma to 30 percent (19-for-64).

It was Oklahoma's biggest defeat since losing to Stephen F. Austin 106-54 on March 8, 1978, in the Southwest AIAW Championship.

NEXT UP
Oklahoma visits Colorado in Boulder, Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. Central.