Feb. 25, 2011

 
  Nicole Griffin
 Baylor (25-2, 12-1Big 12) vs. Oklahoma (19-8, 9-4 Big 12)
 Date  Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 | 4:02 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  ESPN2
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
 Webcast  ESPN3.com
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

SUNDAY'S GAME PLAN
• Cheer Like a Champion as No. 16 Oklahoma hosts No. 3 Baylor at the Lloyd Noble Center Sunday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m.
• All fans in reserved and general admission will receive a "Cheer Like a Champion" T-shirt to wear to white-out the Lloyd Noble Center.
• The game will be televised on ESPN2 with Bob Wischusen and Kara Lawson calling the action.
• The Sooner Sports Network radio broadcast with Brian Brinkley will be on KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City.

GERALD MCCOY RETURNS
Oklahoma will honor two-time Sooner All-American and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Gerald McCoy at Sunday's game. In addition to 5,000 special edition Gerald McCoy posters being distributed at the doors, the first 2,000 fans will receive a scratch card, of which 100 will include McCoy's logo. The 100 lucky fans receiving cards with the McCoy logo will be admitted, with one guest, to a private post-game VIP meet-and-greet session and receive a photo and autograph.

All others with a scratch card may redeem it for a free gift from Academy Sports and Outdoors in Norman at 2010 24th Avenue NW.

KAY YOW CANCER FUND AUCTION ENDS MONDAY
Only a limited amount of time remains to bid on several commemorative and game-used items from OU's Pack the Place Pink victory over Texas. Click below to visit the auction page at SoonerSports.com to bid on the items.

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The Teams
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 15 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll. Baylor is No. 3 in both polls.
• OU is aiming for its sixth consecutive 20-win season, its 10th under Sherri Coale, and 16th in program history.
• The Sooners have not lost consecutive games in nearly three years, dating back to March 6, 2008.
• Oklahoma leads the overall series, 25-12, and holds a 10-5 advantage in Norman.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 332-151 (.687) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Kim Mulkey is 289-78 (.787) in her 11th season at Baylor.

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.

 Baylor Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
0
 Odyssey Sims
G
5-9
Fr.
 12.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg
3
 Jordan Madden
G
6-0
So.
 4.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg
5
 Melissa Jones
G
5-11
Sr.
 9.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg
32
 Brooklyn Pope
F
6-1
So.
 7.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg
42
 Brittney Griner
C
6-8
So.
 22.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
13
 Danielle Robinson
G
5-9
Sr.
 18.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.8 apg
3
 Aaryn Ellenberg
G
5-7
Fr.
 16.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg
25
 Whitney Hand
G
6-1
So. (RS)
 12.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg
10
 Carlee Roethlisberger
F
6-1
Sr.
 6.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg
4
 Nicole Griffin
C
6-6
Fr.
 4.4 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.

 
 Sooner to Watch 

Danielle Robinson | Sr. | Guard
Danielle Robinson had a busy week, becoming the fifth Sooner to reach 2,000 career points with her 21-point performance Wednesday at Colorado and earning Academic All-America distinction on Thursday. Robinson meets Baylor for possibly the final time, having averaged 18.1 points against the Lady Bears.

   

PREVIEWING BAYLOR
The third-ranked Baylor Lady Bears, 25-2 overall and 12-1 in Big 12 play, seek to keep their grip on the top spot in the Big 12 standings when they visit Norman Sunday.

Baylor is led on the season by sophomore center Brittney Griner, who averages 22.4 points and 8.0 rebounds. Freshman guard Odyssey Sims follows with 12.9 points a game. Senior Melissa Jones adds 9.2 points and 7.0 rebounds a contest and sophomore Destiny Williams contributes 8.6 points and 6.4 rebounds.

Baylor ranks among the top 20 in NCAA Division I statistics in 14 categories, including 12 among the top 10. The Bears lead the nation in three categories: field goal percentage defense (.315), blocked shots (7.2) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.245).

Baylor is also the league-leader in field goal percentage defense, holding its opponents to a .315 success rate.

Early to Rise
Oklahoma is undefeated (9-0) when tipping off at 5 p.m. local time or earlier. OU and Baylor tip off at 4 p.m. Central.

Positive Correlation
In every game OU has lost this season, it has failed to score as many second-chance points as it has totaled offensive rebounds. With only one exception (UW-Milwaukee) in games won by 10 points or more, OU has a 1:1 ratio or higher in second-chance points per offensive rebounds.

Robinson an Academic All-American
Danielle Robinson was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Women's Basketball Team on Thursday, Feb. 24. She was the lone representative from the Big 12 Conference. The senior maintains a 3.50 GPA in sociology and is the seventh OU women's basketball player to have earned the distinction.

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 crossed the 2,000-point plateau against Colorado (Feb. 23) and 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 21 assists and 10 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 (156-81, .658), all of which have come under Sherri Coale, a record four-time Big 12 Coach of the Year.

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

Sequential Success
With its loss to Colorado (Feb. 23), Oklahoma completed exactly a month of its schedule alternating wins and losses, with the end of a five-game win streak coming against Kansas (Jan. 23).

Oklahoma has not had consecutive losses since falling to Texas A&M (March 6) and to Missouri in overtime of the Big 12 tournament (March 11) in the 2007-08 season.

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 54 wins in 61 games (53 of 60 at the Lloyd Noble Center), passing the 2010 class, who completed their time with 50 total home wins in 58 games.

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. Carlee Roethlisberger was named to the second team (3.00-3.19 GPA).

NEXT UP
Oklahoma hosts Oklahoma State for senior night, Wednesday, March 2, at 7 p.m.