March 8, 2012

Recap |  Box Score

• Oklahoma’s 25.7 percent field goal shooting (9-of-35) was its lowest first half since 25.0 percent (7-of-28) in a win at Missouri on Jan. 28. The Sooners responded with their best second half of shooting, 14-of-24 for 58.3 percent, in the second half Thursday.

• Oklahoma advances to play the winner of (3) Texas A&M/(6) Kansas in the Big 12 tournament semifinal. It is the fourth straight season Oklahoma has advanced to the Big 12 semifinal.  The Sooners have been defeated by Texas A&M in two of the last three semifinal games and in the 2010 championship game.

•The victory gives Oklahoma its seventh consecutive and 17th total 20-win season, the 11th in 16 years under head coach Sherri Coale.

• Oklahoma won consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 31 and Feb. 4. The Sooners had alternated wins and losses through their previous 10 games.

• Oklahoma took the lead in its series record with Missouri, 30-29, after sweeping the Tigers in regular season play and Thursday’s conference tournament victory.  The Tigers depart the Big 12 Conference for the Southeastern Conference next season.

• Oklahoma is 22-12 in the Big 12 Championship and owns the highest winning percentage among the league’s teams. OU matched Iowa State’s tournament-leading 22 victories with its win tonight.

• Oklahoma is 9-3 in the Big 12 Championship second round; 6-2 in the semifinals; 4-2 in the championship game.

• This season, Oklahoma is 5-0 when playing at a neutral site; 18-3 when holding its opponent to fewer than 40 percent field goal shooting; 16-3 when it outrebounds its opponent; 14-3 when it attempts 20 or more free throws; 16-2 when its bench players outscore its opponent’s bench; 18-2 when it leads point in the paint; and 15-0 when allowing 65 or fewer points.

• Ellenberg has scored 1,045 career points, leaving her 64 shy of Molly McGuire’s (1980-81) two-year total as the second most a Sooner has scored by the end of their sophomore season.  Courtney Paris (2006-07) totaled 1,535 by the end of her second collegiate season.

• Ellenberg is fourth all-time at Oklahoma with 163 career 3-pointers made, trailing No. 3 Nyeshia Stevenson (2007-10) by four.  

• Hand matched Chelsi Welch (2003-07) as sixth all-time at Oklahoma with 144 career 3-pointers made.

• Hand has scored in double figures in 10 consecutive games, the longest such streak of her career.

• Hand has grabbed five or more rebounds in 12 straight games, the longest such streaks of her career.

• Williams, a 6-3 freshman forward, recorded her second career double-double.  Her first was an 11-point, 16-rebound effort in a 62-59 win at Missouri on Jan. 28. Williams’ 12 points matched her career best.