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OU women's basketball: Sherri Coale wants Sooners to focus on themselves, not Connecticut

Coach Sherri Coale says the Sooners know what they're getting with UConn — the Huskies will be well prepared, and they will play hard. The question is, what will Coale's Sooners do?
BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Published: February 12, 2012

These might not be Rebecca Lobo or Maya Moore's Huskies, but it's not as if UConn ever falls off that far.

It is currently 23-2, 11-1 in the Big East. Its two losses came at No. 1 Baylor and at No. 2 Notre Dame (in overtime). The Huskies obliterated ranked Georgetown 80-38 on Saturday for their 99th consecutive home victory.

With 15.6 points a game, Tiffany Hayes leads four scorers averaging double figures. They have held opponents to 29.6 percent shooting from the field.

“We are excited about the opportunity,” Coale said. “Our RPI and strength of schedule is already floating to the very top of the bucket and it is not going to go anywhere but up on Monday night.

“Those are the situations that you put yourself in to grow.”

Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Connecticut

When: 8 p.m. Monday

Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman

TV: ESPN2 (Cox 28)

Radio: KOKC-AM 1520, KREF-AM 1400

Three things to know

*It will be the Sooners' sixth annual Pack the Place Pink night to support the fight against women's cancers. All fans will receive a free pink T-shirt, and there will be an online auction of game-used items on SoonerSports.com.

*Connecticut's only losses have come to Baylor in Waco and in overtime at Notre Dame.

*The Sooners have not beaten the Huskies in nine tries.

Oklahoma (16-7, 8-4 Big 12)

Pos., Player, Ht., Cl., Pts., Reb.

G, Morgan Hook, 5-10, So., 10.6, 4.1*

G, Aaryn Ellenberg, 5-7, So., 15.3, 2.9

G, Whitney Hand, 6-1, Jr., 12.6, 6.6

F, Joanna McFarland, 6-3, Jr., 8.2, 7.9

C, Nicole Griffin, 6-6, So., 5.9, 4.0

Connecticut (23-2, 11-1 Big East)

Pos., Player, Ht., Cl., Pts., Reb.

G, Tiffany Hayes, 5-10, Sr., 15.6, 5.9

G, Caroline Doty, 5-10, Jr., 6.5, 2.1

G, Bria Hartley, 5-7, So., 14.2, 4.0

G, Kelly Faris, 5-11, Jr., 6.6, 5.0

C, Stefanie Dolson, 6-5, So., 10.2, 6.1

*Assists