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Sooner Women host Bedlam

No. 23 Oklahoma (17-5, 7-3) hosts No. 22 Oklahoma State (16-5, 5-5) in the first round of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Bedlam Series Sunday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. Central.

• Bob Licht (play-by-play) and Brenda VanLengen (analyst) have the call on the FSN national broadcast.

• The radio broadcast with Brian Brinkley on play-by-play and Colton Coale as color analyst will air on KOKC 1520 AM in the Oklahoma City metro area.

• A replay of the game will be available to watch online at SoonerSports.tv following its live broadcast.

NOTABLE

• Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are meeting for 91st time. The Sooners have won 26 of the last 28 meetings.

• Oklahoma owns a 54-36 advantage in the series and leads 29-11 in Norman.

• Each team held its home court in 2012 with Oklahoma State winning 66-63 on Jan. 14 in Stillwater and the Sooners winning 80-71 on Feb. 4 in Norman.

• Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale is 374-173 (.684) in her 17th season. She has been the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times.

• Jim Littell is 38-17 (.691) in his second season as head coach at Oklahoma State.

NEXT GAME

• Oklahoma hosts Iowa State for its annual Pack the Place Pink Night, raising awareness for the women’s cancers and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Thursday, Feb. 14.

• The game will be televised on FSN at 7 p.m. Central.

IT TAKES 3 TO KNOW 3

Oklahoma is the Big 12 leader in both 3-point field goal percentage offense (.392) and defense (.271). The Sooners, led by the NCAA’s third-ranked 3-pointer shooter Aaryn Ellenberg, shoot 3s at a 40 percent clip and hold opponents to 27 percent.

Oklahoma is also the NCAA’s No. 4 3-point offense by percentage.

The Sooners average 8.5 3-pointers per game, which puts them on pace to beat the program record 251 scored in the 2010-11 season.

KORNET BACK IN RHYTHM

Against TCU on Jan. 30, Nicole Kornet shook off a nine-game shooting slump in which she was 3-of-26 (.115) from the field, including 17 consecutive misses for 3-point range. Kornet made three of six attempts (3-of-5 from 3-point range) against the Horned Frogs.

In the last three games, Kornet averaged 5.7 points and 3.0 rebounds (13.3 minutes) and shot 43 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point range.

In the previous seven Big 12 games, Kornet totaled just three points and five rebounds (7.1 minutes) and hit one of 15 field goal attempts (.067) and zero of nine 3-pointers.

Kornet’s return has helped OU’s bench average 10.0 points in the last three games compared to the 3.7 it began in Big 12 play.

OPENING STANCE

An early advantage is important as OU is 13-0 when leading at halftime and 4-5 when trailing. On average, Oklahoma outscores opponents 34-29 in first periods, holding them to 36.4 percent field goal shooting and 25.5 percent 3-point shooting in first halves. The Sooners have held opponents to 25 or fewer first-half points in eight games and 30 or fewer in 13 games.

DEFENSIVE POSTURE

Of Oklahoma’s 16 wins, 14 have a common thread -- the Sooner defense held its opponent to 40 percent or lower field goal shooting. The Sooners won at TCU 85-79 when they shot 44.6 percent on Jan. 9 and at Kansas State against a 40.3 percent clip. In OU’s victories, opponents have averaged 33.4 percent from the field. In OU’s three losses, opponents have connected on an average of 46.8 percent of their shots.

TREMENDOUS TRIO

Sooners Aaryn Ellenberg, Morgan Hook, Joanna McFarland are playing some of the best basketball of their careers:

Junior G Morgan Hook

The Sooners’ point guard has had a positive assist-to-turnover ratio in 13 straight games (82 assists to 37 turnovers). Hook has not counted more turnovers than assists since a two-assist, three-turnover performance against North Texas on Dec. 6.

Senior F Joanna McFarland

Since returning to the starting lineup full time in the last 13 games, McFarland averages 11.0 points and 11.2 rebounds and a league-leading six double-doubles in 10 Big 12 games.

Junior G Aaryn Ellenberg

Ellenberg is nearing a position as one of Oklahoma’s top 10 career scoring leaders. With 1,505 career points, the junior guard is just seven shy of passing No. 10 Angi Guffy, who scored 1,511 between 1992-95.

HAND ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT

Whitney Hand was voted to the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-District Women’s Basketball Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

It is the second such honor for Hand, who was an Academic All-District First Team member last season. She was the lone Big 12 Conference student-athlete voted to an all-district first team.

Hand graduated with an undergraduate GPA of 3.76, earning her Bachelor’s in health and exercise science. The Fort Worth, Texas, native has maintained a 4.00 GPA through her Master’s studies in human relations.

A member of the preseason Naismith Award watch list, Hand averaged 11.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 53 percent field goal shooting for the Sooners before suffering an ACL tear in Oklahoma’s win over North Texas on Dec. 6.

First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team selections will be announced later in February.

BLOCK PARTY

Aaryn Ellenberg, a 5-7 shooting guard, has seven blocks in her last nine games. In the 82 career games prior, she totaled only three.

BOARD GAMES

Joanna McFarland averaged 2.0 points, 4.0 rebounds (2-8 FG) before being benched after three games in favor of freshman Maddie Manning. In 19 games since, McFarland averages 9.7 points and 10.5 rebounds (started last 13 games). She has nine or more rebounds in 15 of those 19 games, and double-digit rebounds in 11 of the last 14 games, including a career-high 16 versus Texas Tech on Jan. 12, Baylor on Jan. 26 and West Virginia on Feb. 3.

Since returning to the starting lineup in the last 12 games, McFarland averages 11.0 points and 11.2 rebounds.

ALL HOME GAMES TELEVISED

Coverage of the University of Oklahoma women's basketball team will reach a record number of viewers this season as Sooner Sports TV powered by FOX Sports will broadcast at least 16 games on its network.

All of Oklahoma's home games will be televised during the 2012-13 season. Games not selected for a national broadcast on FOX Sports Net or ESPN2 will be produced by Sooner Sports TV for broadcast on FS Southwest, FS Oklahoma or FOX College Sports.

Additionally, OU's three games of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown played in Honolulu, Hawaii, during the Thanksgiving weekend, will be available to fans via live webcasts on SoonerSports.tv. All televised games will also be archived for replay on SoonerSports.tv.

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