Feb. 4, 2011

 
  Morgan Hook
 Iowa State (16-5, 4-3 Big 12) vs. Oklahoma (16-5, 6-2 Big 12)
 Date  Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 | 12:35 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 Net
 COX 37/722 HD in Oklahoma City | COX 27/722 HD in Tulsa
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City | Live Audio
 Webcast  None
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

SATURDAY'S GAME PLAN
• Oklahoma hosts Iowa State Saturday at 12:35 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.
• The game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net (COX Ch. 37/722 HD in Oklahoma City and COX Ch. 27/722 HD in Tulsa).
• The radio broadcast with Brian Brinkley will be on KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City.
Year of the Fan: One lucky fan will win the chance to shoot a half court shot for $10,000.

MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY
• It is Military Appreciation Day at the Lloyd Noble Center. All veterans and active duty military personnel can show their military ID at the door and receive a special $5 general admission ticket for themselves and their families. All OU ROTC students will receive a coupon for a free hot dog.

ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND
• OU is hosting its alumni reunion this weekend with approximately 30 former Sooners returning. At halftime, there will be a ceremony recognizing the returning alumns and the late Rosalind Ross.

The Teams
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 11 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
• Iowa State is No. 22 in the AP Poll and No. 20 in the Coaches' Poll.
• Oklahoma leads the overall series with Iowa State, 31-17, and has an 18-3 advantage in Norman.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 329-148 (.690) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Bill Fennelly is 348-154 (.765) in his 16th season at Iowa State and 514-207 (.733) in his 23rd 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.

 Iowa State Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
10
 Lauren Mansfield
G
5-7
Jr.
 8.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg
11
 Kelsey Bolte
G
6-1
Sr.
 17.6 ppg, 5.0 apg
23
 Chassidy Cole
G
5-8
Jr.
 2.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg
33
 Chelsea Poppens
F
6-2
So.
 7.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg
55
 Anna Prins
C
6-7
So.
 10.0. ppg, 5.8 rpg

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
13
 Danielle Robinson
G
5-9
Sr.
 19.5 ppg, 5.3 apg
3
 Aaryn Ellenberg
G
5-7
Fr.
 17.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg
25
 Whitney Hand
G
6-1
So. (RS)
 14.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg
10
 Carlee Roethlisberger
F
6-1
Sr.
 6.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg
44
 Lyndsey Cloman
C
6-3
So.
 4.4 ppg, 3.5 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. 11 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and No. 13 in the Associated Press Poll this week.

In the 607 week history of the AP Women's Basketball Top 25 Poll, the Sooners have been listed 208 times, including 187 weeks under Sherri Coale.

Oklahoma has remained in the Top 25 of both polls since the beginning of 2005-06 season, a total of 106 weeks in the AP poll and 103 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 94 points, 39 assists and 17 steals.

 
 Sooner to Watch 

Whitney Hand | So. (RS) | Guard
The Fort Worth, Texas, native epitomized toughness even before suffering an ACL injury that cause her to miss 13 months of action. Hand will start her 10th consecutive game Saturday since her return and has played more than 35 minutes per game while averaging 14.4 points and 6.1 rebounds.

   

PREVIEWING IOWA STATE
Iowa State brings its three-game win streak and a tough defense to Norman Saturday. The Cyclones rank 14th nationally in scoring defense (53.3 ppg) and eighth in field-goal percentage defense (33.5).

Iowa State is now 16-5 overall and 4-3 in Big 12 play after rolling past Oklahoma State, 79-59, Wednesday evening at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones reached the 70-point mark for the third-straight game, the first time they have achieved that feat in Big 12 play since the 2004-05 season.

Kelsey Bolte scored 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting to lead the Cyclones. Bolte, who was 4-for-4 from behind the arc, was joined in double figures by Hallie Christofferson (15) and Anna Prins (14).

In the Cyclones' previous game against Missouri, Chelsea Poppens grabbed 19 boards, the most by a Cyclone since Feb. 9, 2002, when Angie Welle had a school-record 23 against Colorado.

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 (153-79, .659), 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 51 wins in 58 games (50 of 57 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.

NEXT UP
Oklahoma visits Texas A&M in College Station Wednesday, Feb. 9, for the second matchup of the teams this season.