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Danielle Robinson leaves her mark on OU program

Sooner senior enters her final Bedlam women's basketball game with stats that rank among the program's best.
By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: March 1, 2011 at 6:11 pm •  Published: March 1, 2011

— Select five players for Oklahoma's all-time women's basketball team, and Courtney Paris would be a slam dunk.

Stacey Dales probably would be a unanimous choice.

Point guard Danielle Robinson, one of three OU seniors to be honored at Wednesday night's Bedlam game against Oklahoma State, would rank near the top.

Paris, dominant in the paint, is the biggest name in program history. Dales, who led the Sooners to a national runner-up finish, put the program on the map. Robinson, the California product with red dreadlocks, has impacted the program as much as any player.

“Her numbers are incredible,” said Oklahoma State coach Kurt Budke. “She's very hard to stop whether you run a man or zone. Whatever you do, she can break you down and get inside your defense. And if you don't get back she'll blow by you. She's just an incredible player.”

Robinson's stats are so impressive she has an opportunity to join a prestigious list.

Only two players in NCAA Division I women's history have compiled 2,000 points, 700 assists and 300 steals.

Robinson needs 17 assists and eight steals to join Nancy Lieberman, who set those lofty benchmarks 30 years ago at Old Dominion. Dawn Staley joined the club in 1992 at Virginia. Robinson could be the third.

“Wow. That's all I can say,” Robinson said. “They're great representation of women's basketball. Just to be mentioned with them is special.”

Robinson will finish her OU career second in assists behind Dales. The San Jose product will finish second in steals behind LaNeishea Caufield and second in free-throw percentage behind Chelsi Welch.

She has played the most minutes in OU history. Robinson will finish in the top five in points, possibly as high as third.

“To rank that high in points as a point guard is rare,” said OU coach Sherri Coale. “We've asked her to lead. We've asked her to be our defensive stopper and be our leading scorer, take free throws late. She's done nothing but respond.”

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Oklahoma State at

No. 18 Oklahoma

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman

TV: KAUT-43 (Cox 16)

Radio: KOKC 1520 AM; KGFY-FM 105.5; KGHM-AM 1340

Three things to know

*It's OU's Senior Night, honoring Danielle Robinson, Carlee Roethlisberger and Lauren Willis.

*The Sooners have won the last seven Bedlam meetings and 23 of the last 24.

*The Cowgirls are 0-7 on the road this season.

By the numbers

Where senior point guard Danielle Robinson ranks in some OU career categories.

Points

1. Courtney Paris, 2,729

2. Phylesha Whaley, 2,187

3. Molly McGuire, 2,147

4. LaNeishea Caufield, 2,125

5. Danielle Robinson, 2,027

Assists

1. Stacey Dales, 764

2. Danielle Robinson, 684

Steals

1. LaNeishea Caufield, 402

2. Danielle Robinson, 292

Free throw percentage

1. Chelsi Welch, 85.5

2. Danielle Robinson, 84.7

Games played

1. Caton Hill, 140

2. Amanda Thompson, 138

3. Ashley Paris, 137

4. Courtney Paris, 137

5. Danielle Robinson, 134

Field goals made

1. Courtney Paris, 1,124

2. Molly McGuire, 859

3. Danielle Robinson, 780

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