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Q&A: Oklahoma's Maddie Manning ready for home opener

Freshman had a large cheering section at Creighton, which is near her hometown.
By Stephanie Kuzydym Published: November 13, 2012

What is it like to play for Sherri Coale?

I think she's the best coach. She's second to none and just knows what she's doing. She coaches us in a fun way and creates an awesome atmosphere for us. People can see that when we're smiling — we're still serious, but we're still smiling even when we're on the court.

You opened your career on the road. What did you learn from that?

It was definitely different running out of that tunnel. That's the only thing I've done so far. On the road, you've got to find a way to get yourself ready. There's not as many fans and when you mess up, they let you know, for sure.

What has the team told you about home openers?

That once that intro video goes off, there's nothing like playing at home in front of our great fans and just to take it all in your first couple days.

So far, what does it mean to you to play for Oklahoma?

It's an honor every day to put on the Oklahoma jersey — just what everything represents.


WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

UCLA vs. Oklahoma

*When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

*Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman

*TV: FSPLUS (Cox 68), FCS (Cox 271)

*Radio: KOKC-AM 1520, KREF-AM 1400

THREE THINGS TO KNOW

*UCLA senior forward Alyssia Brewer played at Sapulpa High School before spending three years at Tennessee, where she averaged 6.9 points and 4.6 rebounds before transferring. This will be her first collegiate game in the state of Oklahoma.

*Oklahoma is 29-6 in home openers. They also have 14 consecutive home-opening victories. The average margin of the victories is 29.5

* The Sooners and Bruins have met three times before (in 2006, 2005 and 1982). Oklahoma has won the last two matchups.

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