Dec. 4, 2002
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Oklahoma Women's Basketball Game Notes
No. 18 Oklahoma (5-2) vs. Stephen F. Austin (0-3)
Date: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002
Site: Lloyd Noble Center (11,100)
Television: Sooner Sports Networks
(KSBI-TV in Oklahoma City (channel 9) ... Cox Cable in Tulsa (channel 78) ... KOMI 24 in Woodward ... Cable 84 in Lawton ... Cable One (channel 20) in Ardmore)
Radio: KOMA (1520 AM) and www.soonersports.com
Tickets: Tickets are still available. To purchase call 405-325-GoOU.
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Oklahoma vs. Stephen F. Austin Tidbits
Quickly: After spending nearly a week in Hawaii, the Oklahoma women's basketball team (5-2) returns home to host Stephen F. Austin (0-3) on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. inside the Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners, who are ranked 18th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches and AP polls, look to extend their home winning streak to 25-games. OU owns the second-best active home winning streak in the NCAA. Connecticut tops OU with 49-consecutive victories inside the Gampel Pavilion.
TV: Thursday marks the first of five Sooner Sports Network games that will be televised. Brian Brinkley will provide the play-by-play, while former Sooner great and All-American Stacey Dales-Schuman will be the color analyst. The following stations will carry the game: KSBI-TV in Oklahoma City (Ch. 9), Cox Cable in Tulsa (Ch. 78), KOMI 24 in Woodward, Lawton Cable 84 and Cable One (Ch. 20) in Ardmore.
Radio: All of OU's games will be broadcast live on KOMA (1520-AM) and on the Internet at www.soonersports.com. James Hale will provide the play-by-play and Tara DeGiusti will be the color analyst for Thursday's game.
Rankings: Oklahoma - No. 18 AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls. SFA is not ranked.
Series Records: Stephen F. Austin holds a slim 4-2 all-time series advantage over Oklahoma. However, the Sooners have won the last two meetings by a margin of 16.5 points. OU's Sherri Coale is 2-1 against the Ladyjacks. Thursday's game will be the first time Coale will coach against Lee Ann Riley of SFA.
Sherri Coale (Oklahoma Christian, 1987) is in her seventh season at the helm of the OU women's basketball program. The Healdton, Okla., native directed the Sooners to their first Final Four and national championship game appearance a year ago. Coale also has three Big 12 regular season titles under her belt and owns an overall record of 117-75. (For more information on Coale see page 3).
Lee Ann Riley (Baylor, 1985) is in her second season at SFA with a record of 24-9. Riley compiled a 131-58 record while at Tyler Junior College and won the 2000 NJCAA title.
Tickets: Individual single game tickets are available for a small price of $10 for reserved and $8 for general admission for adults, while youth will be admitted for just $5. Preschool and OU students are admitted free. To order tickets or for more ticket information, fans should call (405) 325-2424. Tickets may also be purchased online at soonersports.com.
A look At Oklahoma
Oklahoma has found its new heartbeat in sophomore Dionnah Jackson and junior Maria Villarroel. The duo led the Sooners to a second-place finish at the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii last week. OU defeated Fordham, 90-62, in the first game and upset No. 11 North Carolina, 66-63, in the semifinals before losing to the defending national champions Connecticut, 73-60, in the championship game.
Jackson and Villarroel were named to the all-tournament team after averaging 16.0 and 24.0 points per game, respectively. Villarroel nailed 70.7 percent of her shots, while Jackson hit four of six attempted three-pointers (66.7%). The duo also averaged 5.3 rebounds per game during the three day tournament. Cleaning the glass for the Sooners was senior Theresa Schuknecht who averaged 7.7 rebounds per outing. She also contributed 8.3 points and hit 11-of-12 free throws (91.7%). Freshman Chelsi Welch finished third on the team in scoring and rebounding with 9.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg.
As a team, OU shot better than its opponents from the field (46.1% OU / 40.7% Opp.), three-point line (34.1/29.3) and free throw line (69.4/69.1). However, the Sooners fell short on the boards, being outrebounded 38.7-to-33.7. Oklahoma also had more assists and steals plus fewer turnovers than the teams they played.
OU sports an overall record of 5-2 heading into Thursday's game against Stephen F. Austin. Oklahoma opened its season with a disappointing 94-68 loss to then No. 2 Tennessee in Knoxville. OU responded by winning the Bertha Teague Classic in Tulsa. The Sooners defeated host Tulsa, 65-61, and ORU, 70-42. Before heading to Hawaii, OU dismantled Sam Houston State, 79-52, inside the Lloyd Noble Center.
Villarroel, Schuknecht and Jackson are also the overall leaders for the Sooners as each average 10-plus points per game. Villarroel contributes a team-best 18.0 ppg, followed by Schuknecht's 11.3 and Jackson's 10.3 ppg. Schuknecht leads the team in rebounding with 6.4 boards per game, while Jackson follows closely with 5.9 rpg.
As a team, Oklahoma is shooting 43.1 percent from the field (168-of-390) and 67.5 percent from the foul line (131-of-194). OU also averages 71.1 points to its opponents' 63.9 points per game.
A look At Stephen F. Austin
Stephen F. Austin enters Thursday's game with a 0-3 record. The Ladyjacks opened the season with a loss to then-16th ranked Arkansas, 78-54, in Fayetteville, Ark., before dropping two games in the Hampton Inn Six Flags/UTSA Classic in San Antonio, Texas, last week. SFAU fell to Wichita State, 75-55, and Alabama, 69-56.
The Ladyjacks currently have three players averaging 10-plus points per game. LaToya Mills (12.7), Nathesia Wright (12.3) and Amy Collins (11.3) tops the team in the scoring category. Mills (7.7 rpg) and Collins (7.0 rpg) are also the top two rebounders for the program.
Stephen F. Austin finished 24-6 overall and made an NCAA Tournament appearance last year. The Ladyjacks also won the Southland Conference with a record of 19-1. Head Coach Lee Ann Riley returned just two letterwinners and starters from that team.
Oklahoma and Stephen F. Austin share two common opponents, Sam Houston State and Wichita State. OU defeated Sam Houston State, 79-52, and will face Wichita State on Dec. 9, in Wichita, Kan. Stephen F. Austin lost to WSU, 75-55, at the Hampton Inn Six Flags/UTSA Classic in San Antonio, Texas. SFA and Sam Houston State will face each other twice as members of the Southland Conference.