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Sooner State of Mind
December 18, 2013
 No. 20 Oklahoma at Fairfield | Wednesday, Dec. 18 | 6 p.m. CT
 Radio  KOKC 1520 AM/KREF 1400 AM
 Brian Brinkley & Colton Coale
 Webcast  MAAC.TV
 Buy Tickets  OU Athletics Ticket Office | 1-800-456-4668
 Live Stats  Fairfield Athletics
 Pregame Info  Game Notes (PDF)

GAME STORYLINES
• Oklahoma and Fairfield are meeting for the first time. The Stags are 5-3 and led by 6-2 senior forward Katie Cizynski, who averages 14.9 points and 6.9 rebounds.
• Sooners Sharane Campbell, Aaryn Ellenberg and Nicole Griffin are nearing career scoring benchmarks. Ellenberg, a senior, is 66 points shy of becoming Oklahoma’s seventh 2,000-point scorer. Griffin, a senior, and Campbell, a junior, are 120 and 202 points, respectively, from reaching 1,000.
• 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 Aaryn Ellenberg suffered a knee strain early in OU’s win over Maryland Eastern Shore (Dec. 15). 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.

 Projected Starting Lineups
10 Morgan Hook
5-10 | SR | Lowell, Ark.
      5 Felicia DaCruz
5-5 | JR | Chestnut RIdge, N.Y.
PPG  RPG  APG  PG PPG  RPG  APG 
 11.3 3.6 6.5   4.9 1.6 6.3
3  Aaryn Ellenberg
5-7 | SR | Las Vegas, Nev.
      13 Alexys Vazquez
5-10 | SR | Berlin. Conn.
PPG  RPG  APG  SG PPG  RPG  APG
18.4  4.8 2.2   10.8 3.6 0.9
 25 Gioya Carter
5-9 | FR | Midwest City, Okla.
    40 Kristin Schatzlein
6-0 | SO | Tolland, Conn.
PPG   RPG APG   SF PPG   RPG APG
6.3 3.5 2.5   9.1 4.6 3.1
24 Sharane Campbell 
5-10 | JR | Spencer, Okla.
      44 Katie Cizynski
6-2 | SR | Southbury, Conn.
PPG  RPG  APG   PF PPG  RPG  APG
14.0 4.0 1.2   14.9 6.9 1.4
4  Nicole Griffin 
6-6 | SR | Milwaukee, Wis.
    32 Brittany Obi-Tabot
6-1 | SR | Watertown, Mass.
PPG  RPG  APG   C PPG  RPG  APG
11.9 6.3 0.46   10.5 6.3 1.6

 

 

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