Westwood Awaits

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 24, 2013
 No. 10 Oklahoma at UCLA | Sunday, Nov. 24 | 3 p.m. CT
 Live Webcast  PAC-12 Network
 Ann Schatz & Kyndra de St. Aubin
 Radio  KOKC 1520 AM/KREF 1400 AM
 Ed Murray & Colton Coale
 Online  PAC-12 Network
 Buy Tickets  OU Athletics Ticket Office | 1-800-456-4668
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com
 Pregame Info  Game Notes (PDF)

LOS ANGELES -- The Bruins have had this one circled on their calendar since March 25.

UCLA and No. 10 Oklahoma will face each other for just the sixth time, but the third time in the last two seasons.  Then ranked No. 11, the Sooners were punished on the boards by the unranked Bruins for a home-opening loss to begin the 2012-13 season.  But Oklahoma returned the favor in the NCAA Tournament to end UCLA’s season and advance to the Sweet 16.

Thrill of victory. Agony of defeat. Both teams felt each side against each other last season and continue the rivalry Sunday at 3 p.m. Central. The game will be televised on the PAC-12 Network with Ann Schatz and Kyndra de St. Aubin providing the commentary.

“I think everybody is a little bit excited about that but we also know that we have an incredibly talented opponent and a team whose season we ended last year,” OU head coach Sherri Coale said. “I’m sure they have not forgotten that. We have our hands full and we have to be good and we have to be ready.”

Oklahoma is in a better position than the team that scraped together a roster by adding volleyball players at mid-year. UCLA has struggled with depth issues after two players suffered preseason ACL injuries. The Bruins have played only eight this season, and just six have appearance in all three games.

Still it’s the first time away from the Lloyd Noble Center for the Sooners, who played two exhibitions and four Preseason WNIT games on their home court to begin the year.

“I really feel like they will have a business-like approach to the trip and to the game because we have four seniors, a lot of senior leadership on this team and they have showed mature leadership in everything we have done thus far. I don’t see that this will be any different.”

Count the Sooners’ leading scorer, senior guard Aaryn Ellenberg among those who see the Nov. 24 matchup with the same eyes as an NCAA Tournament game.

“I definitely think it should look a little bit how we played them the last time,” Ellenberg said. “I thought our focus in the game was probably at its highest I’ve ever seen it, really. Just as far as attention to detail on pack lines, blocking out and all that. We have a lot of guys back and the new guys have a high attention to detail for this time of year, too.”

 Projected Starting Lineups
10 Morgan Hook
5-10 | SR | Lowell, Ark.
      1 Thea Lemberger
5-7 | SR | Santa Monica, Calif.
 10.8 3.6 6.6   20.3 2.7 3.0
3  Aaryn Ellenberg
5-7 | SR | Las Vegas, Nev.
Nirra Fields
5-9 | SO | Montreal, Quebec
21.0  5.6 1.6   14.3 7.0 2.7
 25 Gioya Carter
5-9 | FR | Midwest City, Okla.
Dominique Williams
5-8 | FR | Phoenix, Ariz.
7.6 2.8 2.0   1.3 2.7 2.3 
24 Sharane Campbell 
5-10 | JR | Spencer, Okla.
      11 Atonye Nyingifa
5-11 | SR | Torrance, Calif.
13.2 4.6 0.8   18.0 8.7 1.7
4  Nicole Griffin 
6-6 | SR | Milwaukee, Wis.
Luiana Livulo
6-3 | JR | Lisbon, Portugal
9.2 6.2 0.2    5.0 7.3 0.0

• Oklahoma earned its first top 10 AP Poll ranking this week (Nov. 18) since the 2010-11 preseason poll.
• 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.
• Oklahoma finished as the Preseason WNIT runner-up for the third straight time in four tournament appearances, falling to No. 5 Louisville 97-92 in OT.
• Senior Morgan Hook suffered an ankle sprain late in OU’s win over Gonzaga on Nov. 17. Hook suffered a dislocated thumb (right hand) and missed the first exhibition game. 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 303. Now a senior, Ellenberg is chasing the NCAA record of 392 set by Kansas State’s Laurie Koehn.




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