The Final Tune-Up

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 04, 2013
 UCO at No. 11 Oklahoma | Tuesday, Nov. 5 | 7 p.m. CT | Lloyd Noble Center
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• Oklahoma was voted the Big 12’s preseason favorite, earning five of 10 first-place votes by coaches. Aaryn Ellenberg was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team and is on watch lists for the Wade, Wooden and Naismith Awards.
• True freshmen T’ona Edwards and Gioya Carter will share point guard duties for OU’s exhibitions after injuries during the team’s intrasquad scrimmage (Oct. 25) knocked the top two on the depth chart. Senior Morgan Hook suffered a dislocated thumb (right hand) and will miss the exhibition portion of the schedule before being re-evaluated. Redshirt freshman Maddie Manning’s season ended a second-consecutive year with a torn ACL (left knee).
• The Sooners advanced to their 10th NCAA Regional Semifinal game, and sixth in the last eight seasons, with a 78-73 first-round win over Central Michigan and 85-72 second-round win over UCLA. OU competed in its 16th NCAA Tournament, and 14th consecutive, the nation’s seventh longest active streak and 13th longest in history. Oklahoma was a No. 6 seed for the third consecutive year.
• OU suffered season-ending injuries to four players, including three starters before conference play began in 2012-13. OU added two volleyball players to its roster at mid-semester. Still the Sooners advanced to their 10th Sweet 16 Appearance in program history, the ninth under Sherri Coale.
• Aaryn Ellenberg set OU’s single-season record for 3-pointers made with 115 as a junior. Ellenberg made two 3-pointers against West Virginia in the Big 12 Tournament to match and then pass Erin Higgins (2003-07) for Oklahoma’s career record, now 284. Now a senior, Ellenberg is chasing the NCAA record of 392 set by Kansas State’s Laurie Koehn.
• In 2012-13, the Sooners were 19-0 when leading at halftime; 4-12 when tied or trailing; 23-1 when their field goal percentage is higher than their opponent’s; and 20-1 when holding their opponent to 40 percent or lower field goal shooting.

 Projected Starting Lineups
2  T'ona Edwards
5-5 | FR | Spencer, Okla.
      2 Rachel New
5-1 | SR | Oklahoma City
 -  -   3.8 1.0 1.4 
3  Aaryn Ellenberg
5-7 | SR| Las Vegas, Nev.
       12 Haley Weathers 
5-5 | SO | Luther, Okla.
18.7   3.3 2.0     -
 24 Sharane Campbell 
5-10 | JR | Spencer, Okla.
       1 Jill Bryan
5-10 | SR | Copan, Okla.
10.0  4.3  1.2     10.9 5.1 2.7 
1 Nicole Kornet 
6-1 | SO | Lantana, Texas
      21 Julia Mason
5-11 | SO | Fairview, Okla.
4.3  2.4   0.5   1.9 1.1 0.1
4  Nicole Griffin 
6-6 | SR | Milwaukee, Wis.
       22 Amber Makeever
5-11 | JR | Peaster, Texas
11.3  4.9  0.9    3.5  1.1  0.2

Oklahoma was selected the preseason favorite to win the Big 12 women’s basketball regular season title in a vote of the league’s head coaches, the conference announced.

It is the fourth time the Sooners have topped the preseason rankings. OU was also picked No. 1 in 2001-02, 2006-07 and 2008-09, winning at least a share of the Big 12 championship in each of those seasons. OU has claimed six regular season conference titles and four Big 12 Tournament crowns.

OU tallied five first-place votes, landing on top of half of the coaches’ ballots. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams.

Baylor, winner of the past three Big 12 regular and postseason titles, received three first-place votes. West Virginia and Oklahoma State tied for third with 63 points. The Mountaineers were awarded the final two first-place votes. Texas was next at No. 5, followed by Iowa State, Kansas, TCU, Kansas State and Texas Tech.

Sherri Coale and Aaryn Ellenberg earned their first gold medals as Team USA defeated Russia 90-71 in the World University Games Championship Final in Kazan, Russia. It was the third consecutive and ninth overall World University Games title for USA Women’s Basketball.

The United States never trailed after opening the game with an 11-2 lead and ending the first quarter 22-13.

Ellenberg scored two points, her lowest total of the tournament, in 10 minutes on the court. Her lone score came at the end of the third quarter as Team USA opened a 68-47 lead. Ellenberg averaged 9.2 points for the tournament, the fifth highest total on the team, and shared the team lead with nine 3-pointers made.

Officially, Crimson beat Cream 82-63 after four, eight-minute quarters were played. However, with the two squads interchanging players, it was really a test for the coaches to play their 14-member team in several different personnel groups under the lights in OU’s annual preseason intrasquad scrimmage on Oct. 25.

Aaryn Ellenberg led the Sooners with 25 total points, yet most came from inside the arc as the senior took advantage of new rules enforced by the NCAA this season limiting contact. Ellenberg was 10-for-17 from the field and 3-of-7 from 3-point range. Seniors Nicole Griffin and Portia Durrett added 18 and 15 points, respectively.

Sophomore Peyton Little littered the box score with 20 points on 8-for-16 shooting, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists in 21 minutes played. Little, who played at Texas A&M last year, will sit out this season due to transfer eligibility rules. Point guard T’ona Edwards racked up a team-high eight assists to go with three points and five rebounds after Hook and Maddie Manning exited the court with injuries. Freshman forward Shaya Kellogg had nine points and seven rebounds.

Kaylon Williams, returning to competition for the first time since suffering a torn Achilles’ tendon in last year’s preseason, made six of nine field goal attempts for 13 points and grabbed a scrimmage-high eight rebounds.

Oklahoma’s Aaryn Ellenberg tops the 2013-14 “Wade Watch” preseason list of candidates for women’s college basketball most prestigious award, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced.

In its 37th year, The Wade Trophy is named in honor of the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University coach Lily Margaret Wade. Regarded as “The Heisman of Women’s Basketball,” the award is presented annually to the NCAA Division I Player of the Year by the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) and the WBCA.

Ellenberg was an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press and All-Big 12 First Team selection last season after leading the Sooners and finishing third in league scoring with 18.7 points per game. The sharpshooter hit 115 3-pointers as a junior to set OU’s single-season and career records for makes beyond the arc.

Ellenberg is also on the Wooden Award watch list.

Oklahoma’s Aaryn Ellenberg was named to the five-member Preseason All-Big 12 Women’s Basketball Team. Ellenberg was an All-Big 12 First Team selection last season after leading the Sooners and finishing third in league scoring with 18.7 points per game. The sharpshooter hit 115 3-pointers as a junior to set OU’s single-season and career records for makes beyond the arc.

The Big 12 Conference also announced its preseason honors. The awards were chosen by head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.

Baylor’s Odyssey Sims was named Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year. Oklahoma State junior transfer Marisha Wallace, formerly of Northern Oklahoma College (Enid), was selected Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year, and Baylor’s Ieshia Small was awarded Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year.

Joining Ellenberg on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team were Sims, Hallie Christofferson (Iowa State), Imani McGee-Stafford (Texas) and Asya Bussie (West Virginia).

With Sharane Campbell and T’ona Edwards in OU’s projected starting lineup for exhibition play, 40 percent of the Sooners on the court at tip-off will call their hometown Spencer, Oklahoma.

Despite its proximity to Norman, its a rare feat for the rural community on 3,746 that didn’t produce a Sooner women’s basketball player until Campbell’s arrival. Statistically, it ranks at the bottom of population for Sooners’ hometowns.

602,011 - Louisville, Ky. (Durrett) 
594,833 - Milwaukee, Wis. (Griffin) 
583,756 - Las Vegas, Nev. (Ellenberg) 
117,063 - Abilene, Texas (Little) 
58,965 - Ames, Iowa (Kellogg) 
54,371 - Midwest City, Okla. (Carter, Williams) 
45,582 - Ankeny, Iowa (Manning) 
37,163 - Brentwood, Tenn. (Wyatt) 
7,327 - Lowell, Ark. (Hook) 
6,874 - Lantana, Texas (Kornet) 
3,746 - Spencer, Okla. (Campbell, Edwards) 
1,602 - Parkin, Ark. (Gibbs) 

The University of Oklahoma will participate in the 2013 Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament, organizing body Triple Crown Sports announced.

Oklahoma is one of 10 teams in the 16-team field that competed in the NCAA Tournament last season. The field also includes Georgia State, Gonzaga, Idaho, IPFW, Louisville, Loyola Chicago, LSU, Mount St. Mary’s, North Carolina A&T, Quinnipiac, Saint Joseph’s, Stephen F. Austin, Stetson, Tennessee-Martin, and Wichita State.

The Preseason WNIT features a three-game guarantee format. First-round games begin Nov. 8. Second-round game will be played Nov. 10 and 11 and semifinals Nov. 14. The championship game, to be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network, will be Nov. 17. Teams that lose in the first two rounds will play consolation games on the second weekend, Nov. 15-16.



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