No. 9/9 Oklahoma (21-4, 11-0) at Texas (12-10, 6-5
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2006: 7 p.m. (Central)
at the Frank Erwin Center (capacity 16,775), Austin, Texas
Game Day Information & Quick Facts
TV: Sooner Sports TV (in Oklahoma ONLY); Mark Rodgers (play-by-play); Patti Phillips (color analyst)
Radio: Texas: KVET Radio/Sports Radio 1300 (1300 AM), Austin; OU Radio
Teams at A Glance
National Rankings: Texas is not ranked; Oklahoma is No. 9 in AP Poll, No. 9 in USA Today/ESPN Poll (as of Feb. 13)
All-Time Series Record: 29th meeting: Texas leads series, 19-9
Texas' H/A/N Record vs. OU: 10-2 at home; 6-6 away; 3-1 at neutral sites
Series Streak: +1, Oklahoma
This Year: #13/14 Oklahoma 75, Texas 57 (Jan. 25, 2006, at Norman, Okla.)
Texas Coach Jody Conradt (Baylor '63): 37th year overall: 1,169 games: 881-288 (.754); 30th year at Texas: 990 games: 764-226 (.772)
OU Head Coach Sherri Coale: 10th season overall (all at OU): 306 games: 194-112 (.634)
Jody Conradt vs. Oklahoma: 19-9
Conradt's Kids Court: Prior to all Women's Basketball home games, all young women's basketball fans and their families are invited to come to "Conradt's Kids Court" for fun-filled activities. This is a FREE event, held at the Cooley Pavilion right next door to the Frank Erwin Center.
UT Spirit Appreciation: Fans wearing UT apparel will receive one reserved seat ticket for only $7
Team Day: $2 general admission for all coaches and players wearing team jerseys
Ultimate Assist: Half-price admission (mezzanine seating only). Redeem specially-marked Sprite cans at the Erwin Center south box office one hour prior to tip-off for half-price admission to. Mezzanine seating only, limit two per can. Not valid with any other offer. Offer expires February 28, 2006.
UT Students: Win a 27" TV courtesy of Aaron's (Wear your O-Zone shirt to the game! Prizes will be awarded pregame.)
Purchase at TexasBoxOffice.com or call 512-471-3333 or 1-800-982-BEVO. For charge-by-phone, you can call 512-477-6060. Tickets can be purchased in person at the following locations: Bellmont Hall Athletics Ticket Office (Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m-4 p.m. Central); and at any Texas Box Office location, including the Frank Erwin Center (Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and game days prior to tipoff) or at Austin area H-E-B stores.
Quick Glance at the Teams
Texas stands 12-10 overall and 6-5 in the Big 12... This is the second meeting of the year between Texas and Oklahoma (21-4, 11-0 in Big 12) ... On Jan. 25 in Norman, OU posted a 75-57 win ... Oklahoma is ranked No. 9 in this week's Associated Press Poll and No. 9 in the USA Today/ESPN Poll ... Texas faces its ninth Top 25 opponent tonight - and its third in a row ... UT stands 1-8 in prior Top 25 games to date, and is coming off Sunday's 71-58 setback to No. 4 Connecticut despite missing leading scorer, rebounder and steals leader Tiffany Jackson (ankle injury) for the second consecutive game ... UT got a career-high 24 points from senior PG Nina Norman ... OU defeated No. 12 Baylor 81-77 in overtime at Norman for its ninth consecutive win... Texas is 8-2 against the Sooners in the last 10 meetings, and in all-time series play, Texas leads, 19-9.
Bring 'Em On: Fourth Toughest Schedule in Land Belongs To Texas
According to the most recent RPI rankings (Feb. 14) on CollegeRPI.com, UT's strength of schedule is rated the fourth toughest in the nation, while the Horns are ranked No. 28 overall in the RPI ... UT's schedule has been rated first-through-fourth toughest all year long ... Oklahoma is No. 7 in overall RPI with the 10th-toughest schedule... N.C. State (No. 10 in RPI), Tennessee (No. 1 in RPI) and Connecticut (No. 3 in RPI) have the three toughest schedules in the land, respectively ... Beginning with last Wednesday game against No. 24/23 Texas A&M , four of UT's next five games were/are against Top 25 opponents (vs. No. 4/3 UConn, vs. No. 9/12 Oklahoma, and vs. No. 21/23 Texas A&M again on Feb. 22) ... Texas has faced eight Top 25 teams to date (going 1-7), with New Mexico and George Washington entering the polls after playing Texas.
Another Top 10 Opponent
Oklahoma is the sixth top 10 ranked opponent that the Longhorns will meet this year ... UT has yet to win a game against the top 10, losing to then-No. 2 Tennessee (102-61), No. 1 Duke (84-70), No. 9 Rutgers (63-49), No. 4 Baylor (61-48) and No. 4 UConn (71-58) ...With the exception of the Tennessee game, the Longhorns have not had a healthy roster of top players for any of the other games.
Texas Stat Leaders
The Longhorns are led by 6-3 junior Tiffany Jackson (team-highs of 14.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.7 spg), although Jackson has missed the last two games with a right ankle injury and her status is day-to-day ...Jackson injured the ankle with 5:55 left to go at Colorado (Feb. 4); she missed the last two games (vs. Texas A&M, vs. Connecticut) ...Freshman guard Erika Arriaran (11.0 ppg), senior guard Nina Norman (10.2 ppg) and freshman post Ashley Lindsey (5.5 ppg) follow in scoring ... Lindsey is second in rebounding (5.1 rpg) ... Norman leads UT in assists (54, 2.5 apg) and Arriaran and Jackson are tied for second in assists (each with 42)... Arriaran leads the club in 3-pointers made (34) and taken (97) and in free throw percentage (.871, 27-31).
In Big 12 action, Jackson (14.9 ppg, 9.9 rpg), Norman (10.9 ppg, 3.1 apg) and Arriaran (10.7 ppg, 18 3's) lead the way ... Jackson averages just under a double-double in league play (14.9 ppg, 9.9 rpg), while Norman (10.6 ppg) and Arriaran (10.4 ppg) are in league double-figure scoring.
Norman 3 Shy of 1,000 Career Points
UT senior guard Nina Norman is coming off a career-high 24 points against Connecticut, and has 997 career points ... With three more points, Norman will become the 32nd player in UT history to notch 1,000 career points... When she hits her 1,000th career point, that will give Texas two 1,000-point scorers on this year's team... All-America junior Tiffany Jackson ranks No. 18 in all-time Longhorns scoring with 1,311 points - 94 shy of the No. 17 spot.
Oklahoma Stat Leaders
Oklahoma is paced by 6-4 freshman Courtney Paris (21.5 ppg and 14.8 rpg overall) who has been the Big 12 Rookie of the Week six times and Player or Co-Player of the Week three times ... Paris is No. 1 in NCAA Division I rebounding and No. 3 in scoring, and she leads the Big 12 in rebounding (15.0 rpg) and is second in scoring (20.5 ppg) ... She comes in with 17 consecutive double-doubles... Junior forward Leah Rush is averaging 10.3 ppg, while junior guard Erin Higgins (8.7 ppg) has a team-high 58 3-pointers.
Texas and Oklahoma have met 28 times, and Texas leads play, 19-9 ... OU took the first game this year in Norman (Jan. 23), winning 75-57... Texas swept the series last year, going 3-0, winning in overtime in Norman on Jan. 26, 83-71 and winning in Austin (72-36) on Feb. 26 during regular season play... In the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals in Kansas City, UT stopped OU, 65-59 on March 9 ... Against OU, Texas is 10-2 in games played in Austin, 6-6 in Norman, and 3-1 at neutral sites.
Texas, OU in the NCAA Statistics
In the weekly NCAA statistics released on Feb. 14, the Longhorns as a team rank in just one top 10 category - blocks per game ... Texas is No. 7 nationally in blocked shots with 6.1 rejections per game ... The next best category for Texas is steals where the Longhorns rank No. 68 (10.1 steals per game).
For Oklahoma, freshman post Courtney Paris is first nationally in rebound average (14.8 rpg), No. 3 in scoring (21.5 ppg), 7th in field goal pct. (.622) and 8th in blocks (3.0 bpg) ... Junior guard Chelsi Welch is No. 6 in free throw pct. (91.5, 75-82).. The Sooners as a team rank: No. 4 in rebound margin (+11.1); No. 10 in field goal pct. (.474), No. 11 in scoring (77.6 ppg) and No. 15 in blocks/game (5.4).
This year, Texas is 8-4 at home (4-3 vs. non-conference opponents), 2-6 in away games and 2-0 at neutral sites... Since the start of 2002-03, Texas is 52-5 at home (91.2 percent)...Texas has used nine different starting lineups this year ... UT has relied on its strong defense this year (allowing just 64.4 ppg, holding opponents to 38.6 shooting accuracy) ... Offensively, injuries to the guards have hurt the Horns ...Texas has just 228 assists to date (average of 10.4 per game) and is on track to have the lowest season assist average since the first year of play in 1974-75 (291 in 27 games, a 10.8 apg average)... If UT's current scoring average of 64.8 stays constant, this would be Texas' third lowest offensive output ever in the program's 32-year history... Lowest were 60.3 (1975-76) and 63.0 ppg (1974-75).