Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 11, 2017

Practice Central

Oct. 23 // Meet the Media

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In the of middle preparation for the upcoming season, the Oklahoma women's basketball team met with reporters during the program's local media day Monday at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale and her team previewed the upcoming season and discussed where the Sooners stand since beginning practice on Oct. 9.

“It is women’s basketball season. It feels like it gets here quicker and quicker. I love that we are in the middle of a great football run right now, but within the next 11 days we will be playing an exhibition game and we are incredibly excited to get kicked off and move into basketball season.”

Media Day Coverage, click here

Oct. 18 // Mini Plans on Sale

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With the Sooners facing seven NCAA Tournament teams at Lloyd Noble Center, fans have a chance to purchase a mini plan package for the 2017-18 season.

Fans will receive a ticket to OU's game against Baylor (Jan. 14) and will also be able to pick five games from the rest of the Sooners' 14-game home slate.

The only ticket not available in this year's mini plan is Kansas State (Jan. 31), as it is already part of the Sooner Jr. Fans Field Trip Day.

Mini plans are available for $35 for general admission tickets and $49 for reserved tickets. To purchase a women's basketball mini plan, order online or call (800) 456-4668. A $10 processing fee will be applied to all orders.

Oct. 16 // Our House

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OU started week two as it practiced on the main floor at Lloyd Noble Center for the first time this season after working through four sessions in its practice gym last week.

The Sooners focused equally on both ends of the floor during Monday's 90-minute session. 

On Tuesday, OU will return to the practice gym as Sooner Sports TV airs the Sooners' practice on Sooner Sports Spotlight. Fans can watch the practice at 5:30 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Oklahoma as Coach Coale joins Jessica Coody and Chad McKee to break down this year's team. Watch the practice here.

Oct. 12 // Wrapping Up the First Week

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The Sooners wrapped up the first week of practice, completing a 90-minute session inside their practice facility on Thursday afternoon.

The focus was bringing the energy as OU worked through offensive and defensive concepts.

Oct. 11 // Big 12 Announces Preseason Team

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Oklahoma women’s basketball’s Maddie Manning and Vionise Pierre-Louis earned honorable mention selections to the Preseason All-Big 12 Women’s Basketball Team, the league office announced Wednesday.

The preseason honors were chosen by conference head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.

Manning is OU’s top returning scorer after averaging 12.6 points per contest a year ago. The Ankeny, Iowa, native shot .424 from the field and .397 from 3-point range during the 2016-17 season. Manning tied for the lead in the Big 12 with 2.0 steals per game and averaged 5.4 rebounds per contest last season.

For the second straight season, Pierre-Louis earned preseason honors as an honorable mention selection. As a junior, Pierre-Louis averaged 11.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per contest, while shooting .524 from the floor.

Oct. 9 // And We're Back.

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The Sooners held their first official practice of the 2017-18 season Monday, a 90-minute session inside Lloyd Noble Center.

With 32 days remaning before the Sooners open the regular season, OU used Monday's first practice session to build off the foundation set from its preseason workouts.

"I loved the energy," senior guard LaNesia Williams said after the first practice. "Getting out here with our underclassmen and pushing them was great. I love our chemistry. We're a smaller team, but we've got a great group that's ready to battle every night."

Head coach Sherri Coale, who begins her 22nd season at OU, returns three starters from last year's team that appeared in the program's 18th consecutive NCAA Tournament. Monday's practice also was the first official practice for the freshmen trio of Ana Llanusa, Shaina Pellington and Mandy Simpson.

"It was a great first day, an intense 90 minutes," OU head coach Sherri Coale said. "Overall, I thought the intesity was good, the communication was good and the competition was really high."

The Sooners open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 10, against Belmont at Lloyd Noble Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT.

Season tickets are available by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 456-4668 or by clicking here.

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