Dec. 31, 2010

 
  Aaryn Ellenberg
 No. 14/15 Oklahoma (10-2) vs. TCU (7-6)
 Date  Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 | 5 p.m
 Location  Fort Worth, Texas | Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201)
 TV  MountainWest Sports Network (MTN)
 Available in Oklahoma on DirecTV channel 616
 Radio  Sooner Radio Network 
 KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City
 Webcast  GoFrogs.com All-Access
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

SUNDAY'S GAME PLAN
• Whitney Hand willl make her return for Oklahoma as it meets TCU in her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, Jan. 2, at 5 p.m.
• The game will be televised on the MountainWest Sports Network (MTN), available in Oklahoma on DirecTV channel 616.
• The game will be broadcast locally on KOKC 1520 AM with Brian Brinkley calling play-by-play.

The Teams
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 14 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and No. 15 in the Associated Press Poll. TCU is unranked.
• Oklahoma and TCU have met 13 times previously with the Sooners holding an 11-2 advantage, including a 4-2 lead in Fort Worth.

The Coaches
• Sherri Coale is 323-145 (.690) in her 15th season at Oklahoma. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.
• TCU head coach Jeff Mittie is 245-121 (.669) in 12 years with the Horned Frogs and is 396-180 (.687) in his 19th year 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.

 TCU Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
4
 Helena Sverrisdottir
G/F
6-1
So.
 17.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg
1
 Antoinette Thompson
G
5-7
Jr.
 2.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg
15
 Emily Carter
G
6-1
Sr.
 20.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg
22
 Delisa Gross
F
6-2
So.
 8.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg
11
 Starr Crawford
F
6-0
So.
 11.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg

 Oklahoma Projected Starters
No.
 Name
Pos.
Ht.
Year
 2010-11 Statistics
13
 Danielle Robinson
G
5-9
Sr.
 18.8 ppg, 6.3 apg
22
 Morgan Hook
G
5-10
Fr.
 11.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg
45
 Jasmine Hartman
G
5-10
Jr.
 3.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg
10
 Carlee Roethlisberger
F
6-1
Sr.
 6.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg
53
 Joanna McFarland
C
6-3
So.
 8.5 ppg, 9.3 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, who suffered an ACL injury five games into the 2009-10 season is expected back on court for the Jan. 2 matchup versus TCU.

The Sooners introduce five newcomers, including high school All-Americans Aaryn Ellenberg and Nicole Griffin.

Hand Set for Return in Hometown
Fort Worth, Texas, native Whitney Hand is expected to return to action for OU's game at TCU Sunday, Jan. 2. If so, it will have been 401 days since she tore her ACL in the first half of an 87-48 rout of San Diego State in the Virgin Islands on Nov. 27, 2009.

Hand resumed full participation in practices on Dec. 26 and has missed the last 45 games due to the injury.

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 602 week history of the AP Women's Basketball Top 25 Poll, the Sooners have been listed 203 times, including 182 weeks under Sherri Coale.

Oklahoma has remained in the Top 25 of both polls since the beginning of 2005-06 season, a total of 101 weeks in the AP poll and 98 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.

Team Votes Captains for 2010-11
Redshirt-sophomore Whitney Hand and seniors Danielle Robinson and Carlee Roethlisberger are co-captains of the Sooners this season. The captains were voted by their teammates.

D-Rob's Preseason Honors
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
• Preseason Wade Trophy Watch List
• Preseason Naismith Trophy Watch List
• Preseason All-Big 12 First Team
• Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Candidate

 
 Sooner to Watch 

Whitney Hand | RS-So. | Guard
The Fort Worth native is expect to return to the court in her hometown when OU meets TCU. Hand has missed 45 games since tearing her ACL last season and will have 401 days between games if she steps on the court Sunday. The 2009 Big 12 Freshman of the Year averaged 13.4 points and 4.4 rebounds prior to her injury.

   

PREVIEWING TCU
Oklahoma visits TCU Sunday with the Horned Frogs sitting one win above a .500 record after dropping Texas Southern, 76-55, Thursday night.

TCU has not had back-to-back wins since opening the season with three straight victories.

Senior Emily Carter leads the team, scoring 20.2 points per game while shooting 42 percent from 3-point range.

Senior Helena Sverrisdottir adds 17.1 points per game and Starr Crawford averages 11.2 points and a team-leading 8.8 rebounds.

LAST TIME OUT: OU 118, UAPB 52
The Sooners set new season-highs in points, turnovers, steals and assists but tied a school record with 16 3-pointers on the way to a 118-52 victory against Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Wednesday. Freshman Aaryn Ellenberg scored 29 points and Morgan Hook added 21 points and a career-high six steals -- five more than her previous best. Robinson added 21 points, nine assists and five steals for Oklahoma (10-2). The Sooners had 27 assists, forced 36 turnovers and grabbed 21 steals.

• Oklahoma's 118 points was its highest total of the season, besting the 116 scored in a win against UT-Pan American on Nov. 26. OU's 65-point second half was one point shy of the program record for points in a period. The Sooners scored 66 in a half against Midwestern on Jan. 16, 1984.

• In addition to points, OU had season highs for 3-pointers made (16), assists (27), blocks (8) and steals (21).

• Oklahoma matched a team record for 3-pointers in a game with 16 and in a half by making 10 in the second period.

• With 59 points, OU's bench outscored the entire UAPB team.

• The 66-point margin of victory matched OU's fourth largest win at home and fifth largest all-time.

• Jelena Cerina scored a Division I career-high 10 points and totaled nine rebounds in 11 minutes of play.

• Aaryn Ellenberg scored 21 points from off the bench for the Sooners. Ellenberg made a career-high six 3-pointers.

• Jasmine Hartman matched her career high of seven assists and had only one turnover.

Non-Conference Success
Oklahoma is 10-2 against non-conference teams this season, 24-7 in the past two years combined, 40-10 in the past three, 51-13 in the past four and 64-14 in the past five.

The Sooners also have a 40-game home winning streak against unranked non-conference opponents with the last loss in Norman being to SMU, 71-68, on Dec. 21, 2002.

Possession Obsession
Oklahoma's defense stifled its first four opponents, forcing more turnovers from each than allowing field goals. In the opening four-game span, OU forced 99 opponent turnovers and allowed just 68 field goals.

The Sooners have scored 282 points off turnovers, 28 percent of their total scoring (1,022 points). The Sooner defense has allowed just 245 field goals and forced 249 turnovers.

Fishing for Assists
Of Danielle Robinson's 75 assists, 43 (57 percent) have become Aaryn Ellenberg or Morgan Hook field goals. Against Ohio State, all eight of Robinson's assists were to OU 3-pointers, including all five scored by Ellenberg. Of Hook's 50 made field goals, 48 percent are Robinson-assisted.

NEXT UP
Oklahoma travels to Nebraska Wednesday, Jan. 8, for its Big 12 opener in Lincoln.