Women's Hoops Looks to Even the Score

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 08, 2011
  Jasmine Hartman
 Oklahoma (17-5, 7-2 Big 12) vs. Texas A&M(19-2, 7-1 Big 12)
 Date  Wednesday, Feb. 9 | 7 p.m.
 Location  College Station, Texas | Reed Arena (12,989)
 Tickets  Texas A&M Athletics Ticket Office | (888) 992-4443
 TV  None
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City | Live Audio
 Webcast  AggieAthletics.com
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

• Oklahoma visits No.6 Texas A&M in College Station Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.
• The Sooner Sports Network radio broadcast with Brian Brinkley will be on KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City.
• Coverage of the game will also be available through GameTracker and a live blog on SoonerSports.com.

The Teams
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 12 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
• Texas A&M is ranked No. 6 in both polls.
• Oklahoma leads the overall series with Texas A&M, 26-16, but lost to the Aggies, 80-78, earlier this year in Norman. Texas A&M holds a 10-7 advantage at home.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 330-148 (.690) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Gary Blair is 174-76 (.696) in his eighth season at Texas A&M and 582-239 (.709) in his 26th season 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 A&M Projected Starters
 2010-11 Statistics
 Sydney Carter
 9.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg
 Sydney Colson
 6.4 ppg, 5.7 apg
 Tyra White
 14.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg
 Adaora Elonu
 9.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg
 Danielle Adams
 22.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
 2010-11 Statistics
 Danielle Robinson
 19.5 ppg, 5.3 apg
 Aaryn Ellenberg
 17.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg
 Whitney Hand
So. (RS)
 14.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg
 Carlee Roethlisberger
 6.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg
 Joanna McFarland
 6.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg

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. 14 in the Associated Press Poll this week.

In the 608 week history of the AP Women's Basketball Top 25 Poll, the Sooners have been listed 209 times, including 188 weeks under Sherri Coale.

Oklahoma has remained in the Top 25 of both polls since the beginning of 2005-06 season, a total of 107 weeks in the AP poll and 104 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.

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.

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 74 points, 35 assists and 16 steals.

Second Half Heroics
In games where OU finds itself down at the half, Danielle Robinson takes over. In the eight periods OU has had to spur a rally, Robinson has played all but two minutes possible. In those final second halves, she has scored 14 points per game and shot 50 percent from the field.

In the six Big 12 games OU has trailed at half, it has outscored its opponents 257 to 208 in the final 20 minutes.

 Sooner to Watch 

Aaryn Ellenberg | Fr. | Guard
Since conference play began, Ellenberg has been the Sooners' top performer on the road. The freshman is averaging 22.6 points away from home against Big 12 opponents and has shot 42 percent from 3-point range in those contests.


Oklahoma and Texas A&M revisit in College Station after supplying a down-to-the-wire finish in Norman on Jan. 26, an 80-78 win for the Aggies.

Texas A&M has won the past four meetings with Oklahoma in College Station.

Big 12 scoring leader Danielle Adams paces Texas A&M, averaging 22.6 points and 8.4 rebounds.

Tyra White scores 14.0 points per game and Adaora Elonu contributes 9.3 points to add to a formidable frontcourt trio that contributed 62 of the 80 points the Aggies scored against the Sooners in the earlier matchup.

Guards Sydney Carter and Sydney Colson average 9.9 and 6.4 points, respectively, and have combined for 187 assists to just 75 turnovers as Texas A&M is sixth nationally, and first in the conference, in assist-to-turnover ratio.

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 (154-79, .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.

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.

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 52 wins in 59 games (51 of 58 at the Lloyd Noble Center), passing the 2010 class, who completed their time with 50 total home wins in 58 games.

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.

LAST TIME OUT: Oklahoma 65, Iowa State 62
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Danielle Robinson scored 20 points and came through in the clutch, combining with Jasmine Hartman to go 6 for 6 from the line in the final 45.5 seconds and lifting No. 13 Oklahoma past No. 22 Iowa State 65-62.

Oklahoma (17-5, 7-2 Big 12) scored just one basket in the final 11 minutes and blew a 14-point halftime lead, but rallied to remain in sole possession of third place in the conference behind No. 1 Baylor and No. 6 Texas A&M.

"Danielle Robinson proved why she was a first-team All-American at the end of that game," Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly said. "She made some great plays. They executed a lot better than we did down the stretch and that was the result of the game.

Oklahoma hosts Missouri Saturday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.



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