Women's Hoops Looks to Hook 'Horns

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 14, 2011
  Nicole Griffin
 No. 15 Oklahoma (12-3, 2-0 Big 12) vs. Texas (11-5, 0-2)
 Date  Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 | 12:30 p.m
 Location  Austin, Texas | Frank Erwin Center
 Tickets  Texas Athletics Box Office | 512-471-3333
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City | KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
 Webcast  None
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

• No. 15 Oklahoma plays the back end of a weeked on Sooner basketball in Austin, visiting Texas on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 12:30 p.m.
• The game will be televised on ESPNU with Holly Rowe and Rosalyn Gold-Onwude calling the game.
• 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. 14 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and No. 15 in the Associated Press Poll.
• Texas is unranked, but receiving votes in both polls.
• Texas holds the overall series advantage over Oklahoma, 22-16, and lead in Austin 11 games to six. OU has won three straight in Austin.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 325-146 (.690) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Gail Goestenkors is 76-41 (.650) in her fourth season as head coach of Texas and 472-140 (.771) in her 19th 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 Projected Starters
 2010-11 Statistics
 Kathleen Nash
 15.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg
 Yvonne Anderson
 12.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg
 Ashley Gayle
 8.1 ppg, 9.5 rpg
 Chassidy Fussell
 16.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg
 Ashleigh Fontenette
 14.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
 2010-11 Statistics
 Danielle Robinson
 18.3 ppg, 5.7 apg
 Aaryn Ellenberg
 15.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg
 Whitney Hand
So. (RS)
 16.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg
 Carlee Roethlisberger
 5.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg
 Joanna McFarland
 7.7 ppg, 8.3 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. 14 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and No. 15 in the Associated Press Poll this week.

In the 604 week history of the AP Women's Basketball Top 25 Poll, the Sooners have been listed 205 times, including 184 weeks under Sherri Coale.

Oklahoma has remained in the Top 25 of both polls since the beginning of 2005-06 season, a total of 103 weeks in the AP poll and 100 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.

Robinson on Wooden Midseason Top 20
Oklahoma's Danielle Robinson is among the women's basketball players listed in the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 20, announced Jan. 11 by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

The list is comprised of 20 student-athletes who are considered the current frontrunners for the national award, including a record nine finalists for last year's honor.

D-Rob's Honors and Watch Lists
Senior guard Danielle Robinson has been touted as the game's top point guard this season, and the watch lists have given notice as she appears as a candidate for virtually every award.

• Preseason Associated Press All-America First Team
• Preseason Wooden Award Watch List
• Wooden Award Midseason Top 20
• Preseason Wade Trophy Watch List
• Preseason Naismith Trophy Watch List
• Preseason All-Big 12 First Team
• Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Candidate

Ellenberg is Big 12 Freshman of the Week Once Again
Oklahoma's Aaryn Ellenberg has been voted the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. Ellenberg totaled a game-high 19 points and team-leading six rebounds in Oklahoma's 70-50 win at Nebraska last Saturday. It is the second such honor this season for the Las Vegas native.

 Sooner to Watch 

Danielle Robinson | Sr. | Guard
Named last week to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 watch list, Robinson collected her 100th career double-digit scoring game against Kansas State on Wednesday and leads the Sooners into Austin averaging 15.3 points against the Longhorns.


Sitting at 0-2 in the Big 12 Conference, Texas looks for its first league win -- and first versus a ranked team -- when Oklahoma visits Sunday.

Texas lost in overtime, 85-80, at Missouri and fell to No. 1 Baylor, 87-82, to start Big 12 play and will face a Sooner team that has won in its last three trips to Austin.

The Longhorns feature the conference's top scoring offense, averaging 85.5 points.

Four players averaging double-digit scoring and are led by freshman Chasidy Fussell, who averages 16.9. Kathleen Nash contributes 15.4 per game, Ashleigh Fontenette scores 14.1 and Yvonne Anderson tallies 12.3.

Ashley Gayle, former high school teammate of OU's Aaryn Ellenberg at Bishop Gorman HS in Las Vegas, averages 8.1 points and a team-leading 9.5 rebounds.

Whitney Watch
Fort Worth, Texas, native Whitney Hand returned to the court in her hometown against TCU on Jan. 2 after 401 days and 45 missed games of ACL and cartilage rehab.

Hand started the game and set career highs in points and rebounds with 24 and 11, respectively.

Hand is the Sooners second leading scorer and rebounder since her return, averaging 16.7 points and 6.7 rebounds.

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 (149-77, .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.

Simliar Start
Oklahoma 10-3 pre-conference record puts the Sooners in familiar territory on the eve of Big 12 play. The 2005-06 team carried a 10-3 record before going undefeated (19-0) in conference play, earning Big 12 regular season and tournament championships. The 2009-10 Final Four team also began the year 10-3.

Possession Obsession
Oklahoma's defense has been stifling, counting eight games where opponents have more turnovers than field goals made. The Sooners have scored 329 points off turnovers, 27 percent of their total scoring (1,213 points). The Sooner defense has allowed just 303 field goals and forced 299 turnovers.

Robinson Double Dipping
The Sooners' point guard has scored in double figures in every game of the season and a total of 100 in her career, which is the fifth most ever by a Sooner. Robinson also has 20 games scoring 20 or more points and two with 30 or more points.

Among OU's past elite guards, Robinson is among its most prolific scoring threats. Of former Sooner guards, only LaNeisha Caufield (37) and Stacey Dales (24) have had more games scoring 20 or more points.

Oklahoma hosts Texas Tech Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.



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