March 20, 2011

 
  Aaryn Ellenberg
 NCAA Championship Second Round: (6) Oklahoma vs. (3) Miami
 Date  Tuesday, March 22, 2011 | 6 p.m. Central (Approximate)
 Location  Charlottesville, Va. | John Paul Jones Arena (14,593)
 Tickets  Click Here for Info
 TV  ESPN2
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
 Webcast  ESPN3.com
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com Gametracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

TUESDAY'S GAME PLAN
• Dayton Region 6-seed Oklahoma plays 3-seed Miami in the second round of the NCAA Championship Tuesday, March 22, at approximately 6 p.m. Central at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va.
• The game will be televised on ESPN2 with Beth Mowins and Ros Gold-Onwude calling the action.
• The Sooner Sports Network radio broadcast with Brian Brinkley will be on KOKC AM 1520 in Oklahoma City.
• Oklahoma advanced after defeating (11) James Madison, 86-72, and Miami moved on after beating (14) Gardner-Webb, 80-62.

NCAA Championship Central | NCAA Bracket (PDF)

The Teams
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 20 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
• Miami is No. 10 in the Coaches' Poll and No. 11 in the AP Poll.
• Oklahoma is 26-13 all-time in the NCAA Championship, 11-2 in the first round and 8-3 in the second round. OU is 2-5 when playing a lower seeded opponent.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 335-154 (.685) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• Miami head coach Katie Meier is 100-88 (.532) in her sixth season with the Hurricanes and 176-133 (.570) in her 10th overall.

 Miami Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
1
 Riquna Williams
G
5-7
Jr.
 21.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg
3
 Stefanie Yderstrom
G
5-8
So.
 7.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg
32
 Morgan Stroman
F
6-1
So.
 13.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg
34
 Sylvia Bullock
F
6-2
Jr.
 4.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg
42
 Shenise Johnson
G
5-11
Jr.
 19.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
13
 Danielle Robinson
G
5-9
Sr.
 18.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.9 apg
3
 Aaryn Ellenberg
G
5-7
Fr.
 16.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg
25
 Whitney Hand
G
6-1
So. (RS)
 12.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg
10
 Carlee Roethlisberger
F
6-1
Sr.
 6.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg
4
 Nicole Griffin
C
6-6
Fr.
 5.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg

PREVIEWING OKLAHOMA
The Sooners enter the 2011 NCAA Championship following back-to-back trips to the Final Four. OU returns eight letterwinners, including three with starting experience, and introduces five newcomers. Oklahoma finished third in the Big 12 this season and posted its sixth-straight 20-win season.

OU has one of the premier backcourts in the country with preseason All-American Danielle Robinson leading the team with 18.4 points and 4.8 assists per game and freshman Aaryn Ellenberg adding 16.5 points.

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 and contributes 11.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

High school All-American Nicole Griffin cracked the starting lineup on Feb. 12 and has provided a reliable post presence.

20 for 2011
Oklahoma reached 20 wins for the sixth consecutive season. OU has recorded all 10 of Sherri Coale's 20-win seasons in the past 12 years and has 16 total in the program's history.

 
 Sooner to Watch 

Danielle Robinson | Sr. | Guard
The senior point guard is approaching Caton Hill's OU and Big 12 records for career starts and games played. Starting on Tuesday would match Robinson with Hill for 139 total starts in 140 games played. Robinson's 139 starts, though, have come consecutively.

   

PREVIEWING THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Oklahoma is the 6 seed in the Dayton Region and plays its second round game in Charlottesville, Va., against 3-seed Miami.

Oklahoma is appearing in its 14th NCAA Championship and 12th consecutive, the eighth longest active streak. OU has a 26-13 record in the tournament; is 11-2 in the first round; 8-3 in the second; 3-5 in the Sweet 16; 3-0 in the Elite Eight; 1-2 in the Final Four; and 0-1 in the National Championship Game (2002).

The Sooners have been to back-to-back Final Fours and is one of six teams to have advanced to three in the past 10 years. OU has advanced past the second round in four of its last five appearances with the only exception an overtime loss to Notre Dame in the 2008 second round.

OU and Miami have played three times previously with the Hurricanes winning both matchups in Coral Gables (69-66 on Dec. 30, 1988, and 62-60 on Dec. 19, 1998) and the Sooners winning in Norman (67-62 on Dec. 20, 1997).

What to watch for:
• OU was 8-8 against its 10 opponents selected to the field of 64, including a 2-2 record against non-conference opponents. After the first round, only four of those opponents remain, against which the Sooners had an 0-7 record.
• Danielle Robinson will match former Sooner Caton Hill, who had 139 starts in 140 games, for the OU and Big 12 records. Robinson's 139 starts have come consecutively.
• Robinson is one field goal from 800 in her career and one free throw away from 500. She is also 16 points from 200 total in NCAA tournament play.
• OU's plus/minus against JMU in the first round was +13 with Robinson on the court and even (0) with her on the bench.
• In the NCAA First Round, Aaryn Ellenberg set OU's single season record for 3-pointers at 89, passing the 88 made by Erin Higgins in 2005-06.
• In the postseason (Big 12 and NCAA tournaments), OU's five starters each average 10.0 points or more and three Sooners -- Nicole Griffin, Joanna McFarland and Carlee Roethlisberger -- are each averaging 7.0 or more rebounds.

Robinson Joins an Exclusive Club
Danielle Robinson crossed the 2,000-point plateau against Colorado (Feb. 23) and became 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, in OU's Big 12 Championship semifinal game against Texas A&M. Previously, only Dawn Staley and Nancy Lieberman had reached those benchmarks.

Players with 2,000 Points/700 Assists/300 Steals
Nancy Lieberman, Old Dominion (1977-80): 2,430 points, 961 assists, 512 steals*
Dawn Staley, Virginia (1989-92): 2,135 points, 729 assists, 454 steals
Danielle Robinson, Oklahoma (2008-11): 2,104 points, 710 assists, 302 steals
*Pre-NCAA statistics

Ellenberg Sets OU 3-Point Records
Aaryn Ellenberg hit her 89th 3-pointer in OU's NCAA First Round game, setting an OU single-season record by passing the 88 made by Erin Higgins in 2005-06. Ellenberg already had OU freshman records for 3-point makes and attempts. Her 221 attempts is third most ever at OU and her 40.3 3-point percentage would be ninth best if the season ended today.