News and notes from around the world of OU sports
MEN’S BASKETBALL (15-6, 3-3)
Last Week: Oklahoma split its two games last week, beating Bedlam rival Oklahoma State 64-61 on Monday in Norman before falling at No. 23 Texas A&M 60-52 on Saturday. Junior forward Taylor Griffin led the Sooners against OSU by scoring a career-high 20 points and pulling down a game-high six rebounds, while Blake Griffin added 15 points, four boards and three assists. Senior guard David Godbold keyed OU offensively at Texas A&M as he netted a career-high 22 points with the help of 6-for-10 3-point shooting. The Sooners led 51-50 in College Station but were outscored 10-1 over the final three minutes.
This Week: OU plays host to No. 10 Texas (17-4, 4-2) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. CST (televised by ESPN2) before traveling to Boulder, Colo., for a contest against Colorado (9-12, 1-6) on Saturday at 3 p.m. CST.
Notes: Over his last two games against Texas A&M, David Godbold has scored 42 points and is 11-for-17 (.647) from 3-point range … Blake Griffin saw his 11-game streak of scoring in double figures snapped with his six-point performance on Saturday (the streak did not include the Jan. 14 game when he played five minutes at Kansas) … Griffin is still averaging a double-double in his four full Big 12 games (16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest) … OU’s loss at Texas A&M was its first this season when leading at halftime (it was 11-0 prior to Saturday) … Texas will mark OU’s sixth ranked opponent in the last 11 games and third in the last four.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (15-4, 5-2 Big 12)
Last Week: No. 11/10 Oklahoma (15-4, 5-2) defeated Kansas and No. 25 Texas last week as it extended its winning streak to four games — two of which were against ranked opponents. The Sooners grabbed a 67-51 home win against the Jayhawks on Wednesday, Jan. 30, before using a 19-0 second-half run to take down the Longhorns in Austin, Texas, Sunday, Feb. 3. Nyeshia Stevenson came off the bench to play a career high 32 minutes against KU and score a game-high 15 points. It was the first time in her career to lead her team in scoring. Courtney Paris nearly posted the second triple-double of her career with a 20-point, 14-rebound, eight-block effort to stifle Texas.
This Week: Oklahoma travels to Missouri Wednesday, Feb. 6, before hosting Colorado Saturday, Feb. 9.
Notes: Oklahoma’s “Think Pink” game to promote breast cancer awareness is on the horizon. OU will host its “PinkOUt” game versus Texas A&M on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Tip-off is 7 p.m.
Web: http://soonersports.com/sports/w-baskbl/okla-w-baskbl-body.html; http://soonersports.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/thinkpink.html
This Week: The No. 5 Oklahoma softball team will begin its season this week as it heads to Los Angeles, Calif., for the CSFU/UCLA Freeway Series (Feb. 8-10). The Sooners’ season opener will be a top-10 showdown as OU will face No. 10 UCLA on Friday, Feb. 8 at 2:30 p.m. (CST) on UCLA’s home field in Los Angeles. Oklahoma will follow that with a 7:30 p.m. meeting against UC Santa Barbara. In Saturday action of the tournament, the Sooners will head to Fullerton, Calif., as they will face Nevada at 12 p.m. No. 21 Cal State Fullerton at 5 p.m. Oklahoma will return to UCLA on Sunday for an 11:30 a.m. meeting with the Bruins to round out tournament action.
Notes: Oklahoma opens the season as the No. 5 team in the country in the NFCA Preseason Poll … Oklahoma and Arizona are the only two schools to be ranked in every NFCA Top 25 Poll since its inception in 1995 … Junior Samantha Ricketts and senior Lauren Eckermann were named to USA Softball’s National Player of the Year Watch List for 2008 … Oklahoma was picked to finish second in the conference in the Big 12 Coaches Preseason Poll.
Last Week: No. 17 Oklahoma rebounded from two straight losses by whipping the Arizona State Sun Devils last Friday in Norman, 31-9. After losing the opening two bouts, the Sooners reeled off eight straight victories and 31 unanswered points to take the victory.
This Week: The Sooners (0-2 in Big 12) resume Big 12 conference competition this weekend as they hit the road to Columbia, Mo., and Lincoln, Neb. OU will dual the Missouri Tigers, ranked 12th, on Friday, Feb. 8, and the No. 2 Nebraska Cornhuskers on Sunday, Feb. 10.
Notes: Oklahoma, now 12-3 on the season, has surpassed its overall win total of 11 wins last season … The Sooners have continued to be plagued with injuries on the season. Brian Shelton at 133 pounds missed his fourth straight dual due to a lingering hip injury. Zack Bailey at 141 pounds, who leads the team with 27 total wins this season, also missed his first match on the year versus the Sun Devils … Coming in for the injured Bailey, Nolan Spring started the Sooner rally against the Sun Devils with a 6-4 decision over Chris Drouin. The victory was Nolan’s fourth of the season (4-1) … Senior Joshua Weitzel, ranked No. 7, bounced back from his first loss of the season versus Iowa State to record a fall against No. 14 Brent Chriswell of ASU.
Last Week: Sophomore Ian Jackson won his first all-around title of the season as the Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team defeated No. 12 Nebraska 355.500-337.750 Friday night at the Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners claimed team titles on all six events and OU gymnasts won at least a share of each individual event crown. Oklahoma set team season highs on the floor exercise (60.250), pommel horse (55.850), still rings (60.800) and vault (63.200) en route to the victory.
This Week: Five Sooner gymnasts will compete in the 2008 Winter Cup Challenge, Feb. 7-9 in Las Vegas, Nev. Jonathan Horton, Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons, Steven Legendre, Ian Jackson and Jacob Messina will participate in the USA Gymnastics re-ranking event which helps determine spots on the U.S. Senior National Team. Joining the OU quintet at the competition will be former Sooners Jamie and David Henderson.
Notes: With Friday night’s win against Nebraska, the Sooners moved to 3-0 on the season against their Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rivals. OU also defeated the Huskers at the Rocky Mountain Open, Jan. 12 in Colorado Springs, Colo., and in a tri-meet with the Air Force Academy in Lincoln, Neb., on Jan. 20 … Oklahoma gymnasts swept the top four spots on the floor exercise, still rings, vault and high bar against NU … OU’s six individual event champions Friday night were Russell Czeschin (floor), Jason Laughton (pommel horse), Jonathan Horton (rings and h-bar), Ian Jackson (vault, all-around) and Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons (p-bars).
Last Week: The No. 6 OU women’s gymnastics squad bested Big 12 rival and 12th-ranked Nebraska 195.275-194.950 on Feb. 1, in Oklahoma’s home opener. Leading the charge was Ashley Jackson who bested 2007 co-Big 12 Gymnast of the Year Emily Parsons 39.275-39.250 for the all-around title in front of 1,238 fans at the Lloyd Noble Center. It was the first career all-around title for the Hudsonville, Mich., native as the junior bested her previous best all-around score by 0.4 points.
This Week: The Sooners hit the road for the fifth time in six meets as OU travels to Denver, Colo., on Feb. 9 to face DU. The meet against the Pioneers is slated for a 7 p.m. (CST) start.
Notes: OU has won 22 of its last 23 regular-season matchups dating back to Jan. 19, 2007. Winners of all regular season meets on the year, the Sooners last regular season defeat was to Stanford on March 9, 2007 in Palo Alto, Calif.
TRACK & FIELD
Last Week: Competing at home, Oklahoma’s Shardae Boutte won two events, while five teammates also picked up individual titles at the eighth annual J.D. Martin Invitational at the Mosier Indoor Facility.
This Week: The Sooners will split up next week as a number of sprinters and distance athletes head to New York City for the New Balance Collegiate Invitational while jumpers, vaulters and multi-event athletes compose the majority of an Oklahoma group competing in the Adidas Classic in Lincoln, Neb.
Notes: Senior sprinter Marcus Pugh posted an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 6.69 to win the 60-meter dash. OU swept the event as Scottesha Miller claimed the title in the women’s division with a time of 7.47 … Two other Sooners defended J.D. Martin Invitiational titles as Chip Heuser finished first in the pole vault with a top mark of 16-10.75 (5.15) and Sheldon Leith took top honors in the 60-meter hurdles with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 7.83 … OU finished 1-2 in the 60-meter hurdles as freshman D’Andre Fisher set a personal record, 8.17, en route to a second-place finish … Sophomore Kevin Snyder rounded out the OU title race with a win in the high jump. Snyder edged Langston’s William Moses with a best jump of 6-8.75 … Latoya Greaves finished second in the 60-meter hurdles, but more importantly, bested the NCAA provisional qualifying mark with a time of 8.28.
Last Week: Went 1-1 this weekend as they competed against Old Dominion and Virginia Commonwealth. Saturday the Sooners defeated ODU, 5-2. Sunday OU was defeated by VCU, 5-2.
This Week: The Sooners continue on the road next weekend when they travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to face Minnesota on Feb. 9, and Wisconsin-Green Bay on Feb. 10.
Notes: OU’s No. 1 singles player, Andrei Daescu, won two matches over the weekend, pushing his season record to 3-0.
Web: http://www.soonersports.com/sports/m-tennis/recaps/020208aaa.html; http://www.soonersports.com/sports/m-tennis/recaps/020308aaa.html
Last Week: The University of Oklahoma women’s tennis team increased its series record against Oklahoma Baptist to 12-0 Friday, Feb. 1 at Willow Creek Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City. The teams played two duals, with the Sooners twice defeating the Bisons, 7-0.
Notes: In the first round of play, Oklahoma took an early 1-0 lead, sweeping doubles play. In singles action, the Sooners were victorious at all six positions, dropping only nine total games. Freshman Ana-Maria Constantinescu continued to roll improving her spring record to 4-0 at the No. 1 singles position.