Jan. 31, 2011

 
  Aaryn Ellenberg
 No. 1 Baylor (19-1, 6-0 Big 12) vs. Oklahoma (16-4, 6-1 Big 12)
 Date  Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 | 7 p.m
 Location  Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center
 Tickets  Baylor Athletics Ticket Office | 254-710-1000
 TV  Sooner Sports Network
 COX Ch. 3/703 HD in Oklahoma City & Tulsa | ESPN Full Court
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City | KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
 Webcast  ESPN3.com
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

SATURDAY'S GAME PLAN
• Oklahoma visits No. 1 Baylor Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Waco, Texas, in a matchup of two of last season's Final Four teams.
• The game will be televised on the Sooner Sports Network (COX Ch. 3/703 HD in Oklahoma City and Tulsa and nationally on ESPN Full Court PPV) with Bob Carpenter and Debbie Antonelli calling the action.
• The radio broadcast with Brian Brinkley will be on KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City and KTBZ AM 1430 in Tulsa.

The Teams
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 12 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll. Baylor is No. 1 in both polls.
• Oklahoma leads the overall series with Baylor, 25-11, including a 9-6 advantage in Waco, Texas.The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 329-147 (.691) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Kim Mulkey is 283-77 (.786) 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.
 13.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg
1
 Kimetria Hayden
G
6-0
So.
 7.4 ppg, 3.2 apg
5
 Melissa Jones
G
5-11
Sr.
 9.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg
10
 Destiny Williams
F
6-1
So. (RS)
 8.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg
42
 Brittney Griner
C
6-8
So.
 21.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg

 

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
13
 Danielle Robinson
G
5-9
Sr.
 19.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 5.4 apg
3
 Aaryn Ellenberg
G
5-7
Fr.
 17.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg
25
 Whitney Hand
G
6-1
So. (RS)
 14.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg
10
 Carlee Roethlisberger
F
6-1
Sr.
 6.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg
53
 Joanna McFarland
C
6-3
So.
 6.7 ppg, 7.9 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. 12 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.

 
 Sooner to Watch 

Danielle Robinson | Sr. | Guard
Robinson was earned the Big 12 Player of the Week vote for the second time in three weeks after averaging 26.5 points in games against Texas A&M and Oklahoma State. The senior turned it on in the second half of both tightly-contested games to provide thrilling finishes in both matchups.

   

PREVIEWING BAYLOR
Baylor is the nation's No. 1 team in both polls for the fifth straight week. The Lady Bears only loss came by two points to then No. 1 Connecticut in November. Since then, Baylor captured victories by double-digit margins until outlasting Texas A&M, 63-60, in a nail-biter in College Station on Sunday.

Baylor is led by 6-8 sophomore Brittney Griner and freshman Odyssey Sims. Griner averages 21.9 points and 8.0 rebounds. Sims, who averages 13.9 points, is leading the league in 3-point percentage, shooting 46 percent from beyond the arc.

Melissa Jones, who missed much of last season's Big 12 slate with a stress reaction in her leg, is the third leading scorer with 9.3 points per game.

With the nation's sixth best scoring offense and fifth best scoring defense, Baylor leads the country in scoring margin (+30.9). The Lady Bears also top the national rankings in field goal percentage defense and blocked shots per game.

Baylor also controls the ball well, averaging fewer than 14 turnovers per game -- the fifth best mark in the NCAA -- and claiming the ninth best assist-to-turnover ratio in the nation.

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 Big 12 Player of the Week
Oklahoma's Danielle Robinson was voted Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday. Robinson earned the honor for the second time in three weeks and the third occasion this season. The senior averaged 26.5 points and shot 50 percent (18-of-36) from the field last week in Oklahoma's two-point loss to No. 6/5 Texas A&M and 82-77 victory at Oklahoma State.

Oklahoma vs. No. 1
Oklahoma has been unsuccessful in nine attempts to knock off the No. 1 team in women's basketball. OU has played the No. 1 team six times in the past 10 seasons, including once each in the past four (including Wednesday vs. Baylor).

A list of OU's alll-time results versus AP No. 1:
• L, 88-68, vs. Louisiana Tech (March 18, 1981) - SWAIAW Championship, Nacogdoches, Texas
• L, 101-57, vs. Louisiana Tech (Feb. 22, 1982) - Norman, Okla.
• L, 105-75, at Louisiana Tech (Feb. 21, 1983) - Ruston, La.
• L, 84-68, vs. Connecticut (Dec. 29, 2000) - Norman, Okla.
• L, 86-72, vs. Connecticut (Dec. 22, 2002) - Storrs, Conn.
• L, 82-70, vs. Connecticut (March 31, 2002) - National Championship Game, San Antonio, Texas
• L, 70-67, vs. Tennessee (Nov. 15, 2007) - Tampa, Fla.
• L, 106-78, at Connecticut (Nov. 30, 2008) - Hartford, Conn.
• L, 76-60, vs. Connecticut (Feb. 15, 2010) - Norman, Okla.

Robinson Approaching Rare Benchmark
Danielle Robinson is on pace to become the third top-level women' s college basketball player, and just 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 119 points, 44 assists and 19 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
*Pre-NCAA statistics

Oklahoma's Big 12 Dominance
No Big 12 team has won more games, titles or honors since the formation of 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 (153-78, .662), 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.

Last Time Out: No. 13 Oklahoma 82, Oklahoma State 77
Aaryn Ellenberg scored 23 points in her Bedlam debut and Danielle Robinson added 20 points and seven assists as Oklahoma won for the 24th time in the last 25 meetings.

Ellenberg put the Sooners ahead to stay with a jumper from the right elbow with 5:11 to play, Robinson followed with a left-handed basket in the lane to make it 76-72 and Oklahoma held on with free throws the rest of the way.

Robinson was 10-for-10 at the line in the second half, hitting a pair with 41.6 seconds left to make it 80-75 and then another pair after Tiffany Bias had pulled Oklahoma State within three.

• Four of Oklahoma's starters played the final five minutes with four fouls, while Ellenberg played with three.

• Freshman Aaryn Ellenberg scored a game-leading 23 points, her sixth game scoring 20 or more.

• Danielle Robinson passed Jacquetta Hurley (1983-96) for sole possession of second on OU's career steals list.

NEXT UP
Oklahoma hosts Iowa State Saturday, Feb. 5, at 12:30 p.m. It is an alumni reunion weekend, with Caton Hill and Phylesha Whaley among the several Sooners scheduled to be in Norman for the game.