Aaryn Ellenberg of Oklahoma scored 11 points in 14 minutes Monday as the U.S. hammered Mali 120-32 in the opening round of the World University Games women's basketball tournament in Kazan, Russia.
Ellenberg was one of six Americans to score in double figures as the U.S. coasted in the first pool play game. OU's Sherri Coale also won her first game as head coach of a USA Basketball team.
Team USA made 47 of 71 field goal attempts, including 11 3-pointers, and dished 34 assists in a balanced effort. Mali made just 12 baskets and was held to 19 percent field goal shooting.
Team USA will face the Czech Republic at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Brazil at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday to complete preliminary round play.
SCORPIONS TO HOST BENEFIT GAME
When Oklahoma City FC takes on the San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League in an exhibition match at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, San Antonio will donate a portion of the proceeds to the May tornado relief effort.
“Soccer for a Cause was established to help people; that is why we are here,” San Antonio Scorpions president Howard Cornfield said in a press release. “We will donate a portion of our proceeds from this game to help those that continue to suffer from the devastating effects of the May 20 tornado.”
Soccer for a Cause is a campaign started to help build community relations between the Scorpions and the city of San Antonio. The Scorpions aren't the first OKC FC opponent to donate proceeds from a match to the tornado relief effort, however.
On June 22, Mid-South division rival Austin donated all of the proceeds from the teams' June 1 match to the relief effort. On May 21-22, OKC FC players from the men's and women's teams volunteered at a supply drive at Lighthouse Sports, Fitness and Heath. The teams collected baby formula, bottled water, diapers, Gatorade, hand towels, money, wipes and work clothes.
COLVIN ON WATCH LIST
Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin was named to the Bednarik Award watch list on Monday, one of seven Big 12 players to earn the honor.
The award honors college football's top defensive player.
Colvin was a first-team All-Big 12 pick last season, recording 52 tackles, two sacks, four interceptions and four pass breakups as the Sooners went 10-3.
After playing corner as a true freshman, he started 12 games at safety as a sophomore before moving back to corner before last season.
Colvin is joined on the list by Oklahoma State defensive tackle Calvin Barnett, TCU defensive end Devonte Fields, Baylor linebacker Bryce Hager, Texas defensive end Jackon Jeffcoat, TCU cornerback Jason Verrett and Kansas State safety Ty Zimmerman.
The award has been given since 1995 to the top defensive player in college football. OU's Teddy Lehman won the award in 2003. No other current Big 12 member has had a player win the award. Texas A&M's Dat Nguyen won the award in 1998 when the Aggies were in the conference.
*University of Tulsa running back Trey Watts and Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell are two of 85 players on the watch list for the 77th annual Maxwell Award. The Maxwell has been given to the College Player of the Year since 1937. The award is named after Robert “Tiny” Maxwell, whose contributions to football were extensive, including as a player, a sports writer and an official.
*Oklahoma State runner Natalja Piliusina broke her own school record Monday while qualifying for the 800-meter final at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Piliusina finished fifth in the race at 2 minutes, 1.59 seconds. The previous OSU mark was 2:02.12, also held by Piliusina.
*The Lazy E Arena in Guthrie will host the inaugural Red Dirt Classic team roping event July 19-21. “In the enormous industry that makes up big-time roping events, we felt like we could produce a top-tier USTRC-sanctioned roping,” said Robert Simpson, director of events at Lazy E. “This production should be top notch.”
*Oklahoma State has hired Courtney Steinbock as a women's assistant tennis coach. Steinbock spent the last three seasons as an assistant at Mississippi State. She was an All-Big 12 player at Kansas in 2003.