OU, Texas A&M Battle for First Place

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 25, 2011

Jan. 25, 2011

  Danny Cahill
 Texas A&M (17-1, 5-0 Big 12) vs. Oklahoma (15-3, 5-0 Big 12)
 Date  Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011 | 7:07 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  Sooner Sports Network
 KWTV-9 (COX 10/709 HD) in Oklahoma City | COX Ch. 3 in Tulsa
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City | KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa
 Webcast  SoonerSports.com All-Access
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

• For the second straight Wednesday in Norman, a battle of Big 12 unbeatens meet when No. 13 Oklahoma hosts No. 6 Texas A&M at 7 p.m.
• Oklahoma has started 5-0 in the Big 12 for the fifth time after beating Kansas Sunday. The five previous times OU won its first four conference games-- 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2009 -- OU claimed at least a share of the Big 12 title. OU has advanced to 6-0 three previous times.
• The game will be televised on the Sooner Sports Network with Bob Carpenter and Billy Tubbs 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 OU women's basketball game versus Texas A&M on Wednesday, January 26 has been marked as Fitness Night. In the spirit of this night, Toby Rowland has been challenged by Head Coach Sherri Coale to run fourmiles in one hour. If Toby successfully completes the challenge, fans will be able to purchase general admission tickets to the Texas A&M game for $5 while supplies last.

The challenge will take place at the Academy Sports and Outdoors Norman store this Wednesday at 9 a.m. Danny Cahill, the winner of NBC's The Biggest Loser will be on site to help coach. Fans are invited to stop by the store to cheer on Toby with Boomer and Sooner and the OU spirit squad. If Rowland successfully completes the challenge, fans can call the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 456-GoOU or come to the Lloyd Noble Center starting at 5 p.m., Wednesday night and mention the promotion code "FITNESS NIGHT" for a $5 general admission ticket (while supplies last).

• Danny Cahill, winner of the Biggest Loser will sign autographs during pre-game (5:30-6:30 p.m.) and will perform the National Anthem.
• One fan in attendance at the game will win a treadmill, courtesy of Academy Sports and Outdoors.
• As a weeknight game in semester, OU students are also eligble for the Student Attendance Challenge.

The Teams
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 12 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
• Texas A&M is No. 6 in the AP and No. 5 in the Coaches' Poll.
• Oklahoma leads the overall series, 26-15, and has the advantage in Norman, 16-2. OU has lost to Texas A&M in Norman just once since the Big 12 was formed, a 54-52 defeat on Jan. 27, 2007.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 328-146 (.691) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Gary Blair is 172-75 (.696) in his eighth season at Texas A&M and 580-238 (.709) in his 26th 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
 9.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg
 Sydney Colson
 6.1 ppg, 6.4 apg
 Tyra White
 13.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg
 Adaora Elonu
 9.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg
 Danielle Adams
 22.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
 2010-11 Statistics
 Danielle Robinson
 18.4 ppg, 5.3 apg
 Aaryn Ellenberg
 17.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg
 Whitney Hand
So. (RS)
 15.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg
 Carlee Roethlisberger
 6.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg
 Joanna McFarland
 7.0 ppg, 8.2 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. 13 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and No. 13 in the Associated Press Poll this week.

In the 606 week history of the AP Women's Basketball Top 25 Poll, the Sooners have been listed 207 times, including 186 weeks under Sherri Coale.

Oklahoma has remained in the Top 25 of both polls since the beginning of 2005-06 season, a total of 105 weeks in the AP poll and 102 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.

Ellenberg Big 12 Freshman of the Week
Aaryn Ellenberg averaged 26 points and four rebounds while shooting 53 percent from 3-point range in OU's two win last week. She scored a game-leading 24 points against Texas Tech on Jan. 19, handing the Lady Raiders their first Big 12 loss. Ellenberg scored 15 points in the first 13 minutes of the second period, helping turn OU's two-point halftime deficit into a 13-point lead.

 Sooner to Watch 

Aaryn Ellenberg | Fr. | Guard
The 5-7 freshman from Las Vegas has pumped life into the Sooner offense, scoring 20-plus in the past two games. Ellenberg hit her first five 3-point attempts versus Kansas as the Sooners carved the Jayhawks for their fifth straight win to maintain a share of first place in the Big 12 Conference.


Texas A&M (17-1, 5-0 Big 12) comes to the Lloyd Noble Center with an 11-game winning streak and is the highest-ranked team Oklahoma has faced this season. Along with OU and No. 1 Baylor, the Aggies are one of the remaining three unbeaten in Big 12 play.

Texas A&M has had the recent edge on Oklahoma, defeating the Sooners in four of the last five meetings, but have struggled to find ways to win in Norman, where OU has a 13-1 record since the Big 12 Conference was formed.

Senior Danielle Adams leads Big 12 players in scoring, averaging 22.4 points and senior Syndey Colson is the league leader in assists, averaging 6.4.

Even with that firepower, Texas A&M creates its offense from defense. The NCAA leader in turnover margin is forcing opponents into an average of 25 turnovers per game.

Oklahoma vs. the Top 10
With a matchup looming against No. 6 Texas A&M, the Sooners are 19-38 against the AP Top 10 since the 1999-2000 season when they reappeared in the rankings under Sherri Coale. OU's senior class is 7-15 against Top 10 teams, having gone 0-4 in 2007-08, 4-4 in 2008-09, 3-6 in 2009-10 and 0-1 this season.

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 and 2009.

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.

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 (152-77, .664), 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.

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 (50 of 56 at the Lloyd Noble Center), passing the 2010 class, who completed their time with 50 total home wins in 58 games.

Possession Obsession
Oklahoma's defense has stifled its Big 12 opponents, allowing only 95 field goals and forcing 102 turnovers in conference play. Kansas was the only conference opponent that made more field goals than had turnovers (18 to 16).

This season, the Sooners have scored 375 points off turnovers, 26 percent of their total scoring (1,355 points). OU has allowed just 363 field goals and forced 365 turnovers.

Last Time Out: Oklahoma vs. Kansas
Aaryn Ellenberg had 28 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead Oklahoma to a 75-57 victory over Kansas on Sunday. Whitney Hand added 21 points for Oklahoma. She and Ellenberg combined for 37 of Oklahoma's 43 points in the first half, boosting the Sooners to 17-point lead at the break.

• Oklahoma breaks the tie in the overall series with Kansas and leads 28-27. The Sooners have won 14 consecutive meetings with the Jayhawks and have not loss to Kansas since Feb. 20, 1999.

• Kansas becomes the Sooners' Big 12 opponent to make have more field goals than turnovers. The Jayhawks had 18 field goals and 16 turnovers.

• Aaryn Ellenberg totaled her second straight game of 20 or more points with 28 points against Kansas. The freshman hit her first five 3-pointers and made 11 of 21 field goals.

Oklahoma visits Oklahoma State at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Saturday, Jan. 29, at 12 p.m.



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