Women’s basketball: Bedlam game notes
No. 11/10 Oklahoma (19-5, 9-3 Big 12) seeks revenge in the Bedlam rematch with No. 16/17 Oklahoma State (21-4, 9-3 Big 12) at the Lloyd Noble Center Saturday, Feb. 23.
The game will broadcast on Fox Sports Net with Kevin Eschenfelder on play-by-play and Brenda Van Lengen on color analysis. Listen on the radio (KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City) as Brian Brinkley and Tara Pogue have the call.
Tip-off is 1:05 p.m. Central.
PREVIEWING OKLAHOMA STATE No. 11/10 Oklahoma (19-5, 9-3) hosts No. 16/17 Oklahoma State (21-4, 9-3) for round two of the Bedlam Series at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.
The game will be played with both teams ranked in the Top 25 for just the second time in series history. The first was the Jan. 12, 2008, meeting in Stillwater when OU was ranked No. 6 in both polls and OSU was No. 25 in the AP and No. 24 in the Coaches’.
The game features the Big 12′s top two scorers — Oklahoma State’s Andrea Riley (22.5) and Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris (18.0) — and top two scoring offenses — Oklahoma State (77.8) and Oklahoma (74.8).
Conference championship implications are paramount with the winner remaining third place in the Big 12 standings.
The Cowgirls ended the Sooners’ 17-game winning streak in Stillwater in January. A state record crowd for women’s basketball of 13,611 watched OSU defeat OU, 82-63.
In the January Bedlam game, OSU’s Andrea Riley scored 45 points, the most ever by an individual against Oklahoma.
Oklahoma State Projected Starters
G 10 Andrea Riley 5-5 So. 22.5 ppg, 4.2 apg, 3.0 steals
G 31 Danielle Green 5-8 Sr. 13.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.8 apg
C 24 Maria Cordero 6-3 Sr. 10.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 78.7 FT%
F 32 Shaunte Smith 6-0 Jr. 8.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 49.4 FG%
G 13 Taylor Hardeman 5-10 Jr. 7.2 ppg, 1.6 apg, 38.5 3FG%
Oklahoma Projected Starters
C 3 Courtney Paris 6-4 Jr. 18.0 ppg, 14.8 rpg, 3.2 blocks
F 5 Ashley Paris 6-3 Jr. 12.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 58.0 FG%
F 21 Amanda Thompson 6-0 So. 8.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.2 apg.
G 11 Jenna Plumley 5-4 So. 7.3 ppg, 3.4 apg, 90.5 FT%
G 13 Danielle Robinson 5-9 Fr. 12.7 ppg, 4.2 apg, 2.4 steals
BEDLAM SOLD OUT The second edition of Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma women’s basketball has sold out 30 days in advance. The game, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla. should provide another 12,000-plus crowd for a game televised by Fox Sports Net.
Only restricted admission tickets remain. Restricted admission tickets are $8 and go on sale when doors open at 11:30 a.m. The ticket provides entry but does not guarantee a seat.
The matchup in Stillwater was attended by 13,611 — the most to watch a women’s basketball game in the state of Oklahoma.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES Oklahoma leads the series with Oklahoma State 45-35. The last time the Sooners and Cowgirls met was Jan. 12, 2008, in Stillwater, an 82-63 decision for Oklahoma State.
In Norman, the Sooners reign supreme with 24 victories to 11 for the Cowgirls. Under Sherri Coale, OU lost its first four meetings against Oklahoma State, but since have fallen just twice in the last 20 meetings.
Coale, who has coached the Sooners since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, is 18-6 against Oklahoma State. Her first win against OSU came Jan. 13, 1999, in her third season.
This, the 81st meeting between the two teams marks just the second time both have played each other when ranked in the Top 25.
PARIS WONDERFUL IN FEBRUARYTournament time must be near because the Paris twins have turned it on. In six February games the duo of Ashley and Courtney Paris has averaged 37.8 points and 23.2 rebounds.
Ashley Paris is contributing 14.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. She is shooting 56.7 percent from the field and has three of her 10 career double-doubles this month.
Courtney Paris averages 23.2 points and 13.5 rebounds while shooting 68.2 percent.
AMANDA THOMPSON SOONER OF THE MONTHAmanda Thompson was named the Oklahoma Athletics Department’s Sooner of the Month for February. To qualify a student-athlete must be in good academic standing, be a member of an active sport and participate in community service events. Thompson has started all 20 games for the Sooners this season, averaging 10 points and seven rebounds.
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