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No. 8 Aggies Host Oklahoma Sunday in Big 12 Home Opener

January 06, 2012
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 8 Texas A&M women's basketball team opens the home portion of its Big 12 slate Sunday, Jan. 8, as its hosts Oklahoma at Reed Arena. Tipoff between the defending national champion Aggies and the Sooners is set for 2 p.m. and is televised nationally on FSN.     

#9/8 TEXAS A&M (9-3) vs. OKLAHOMA (9-3)

Game 13

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 • 2:00 p.m. (CT)

Reed Arena (12,989)

College Station, Texas

 

Television: FSN

Radio: Texas A&M Sports Network (WTAW 1620 AM)

Series History: Oklahoma leads 26-18

Internet: Free Live Audio and Live Stats at AggieAthletics.com

 

TEXAS A&M

Record: 9-3 (0-1 Big 12)

Ranking: #9 (AP), #9 (Coaches)

Last Result: L, 69-71 at Kansas State on 1/4/12

Up Next: vs. Texas on 1/11/12

Head Coach: Gary Blair, Ninth Season

Texas A&M Record: 197-82 (.706)

Career Record: 605-245 (.712)

 

OKLAHOMA

Record: 9-3 (1-0 Big 12)

Ranking: NR (AP), NR (Coaches)

Last Result: W, 80-51 vs. Iowa State on 1/4/12

Up Next: vs. Texas Tech on 1/11/12

Head Coach: Sherri Coale, 16th Season

Oklahoma Record: 345-158 (.686)

Career Record: Same

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QUICK HITS

  • Four Aggies are averaging double figures this season with Preseason All-Big 12 selection Tyra White (14.1 ppg) leading the way. She is followed by Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year Kelsey Bone (12.6 ppg), senior forward Adaora Elonu (11.4 ppg), and senior guard Sydney Carter (11.3 ppg).
  • Bone is also leading the team in rebounding (7.6 rpg). Elonu is second with 6.6 rebounds and sophomore Karla Gilbert averages 5.3 rebounds per game.
  • The Aggies lead the Big 12 Conference with a turnover margin of +5.2. The team has also forced its opponents into an average of 21.7 turnovers per game and averages 19.7 offensive rebounds per game, both of which are second-best in the Big 12.
  • The Aggies have the 16th-best rebounding margin in the nation at +9.4.
  • In A&M's last four contests, White is averaging 17.0 points per game, while Bone has upped her rebounds to 9.8 per game and Elonu has averaged 8.3 per game.
  • Texas A&M holds a 10-game home winning streak and has averaged 81.2 points in those 10 contests, while outscoring its opponents by 21.2 points per game.

TICKET INFORMATION

  • The popular "Holiday Hoops" promotion is in effect and runs through the Oklahoma game on Jan. 8. Fans can purchase tickets starting at just $4 for adults (general admission). Holiday Hoops tickets can be purchased online at: tickets.12thmanfoundation.com, in person at the 12th Man Foundation Ticket Office and Reed Arena Box Office or by calling 1-888-99-AGGIE.

ON THE TUBE

  • Sunday, Texas A&M will appear on the tube before a national television audience for the sixth time this season. Play-by-play announcer Brenda VanLengen and color analyst Cindy Stein will call the action live on FSN with the game being carried nationally on Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports Florida, Fox Sports Houston, Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports North, Fox Sports Ohio, Fox Sports South (Non-Kentucky), Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports West, Fox Sports Wisconsin, Comcast Bay Area, MSG Plus and Root Sports (Northwest Region, Pittsburgh Region and Rocky Mountain Region).
  • The Aggies are 3-2 on national TV this season.
  • The Aggies appear on television a school-record 11 times during the 2011-12 regular season.

SCOUTING OKLAHOMA

  • The University of Oklahoma is located in Norman, Okla., has an enrollment of 30,754 and was founded in 1890.
  • The Sooners return nine letterwinners and three starters from last year's squad that finished the season with a 23-12 record and a 10-6 mark (third) in the Big 12.
  • OU made its 14th appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2010-11, before falling to Notre Dame, 53-78 in the Sweet 16 in Dayton. The Sooners were a Final Four team in 2010.
  • Oklahoma carries a six-game winning streak to College Station, but is just 1-2 on the road, winning its first road game of the year, but falling in its last two. The Sooners have averaged just 63.3 points per game (compared to their overall average of 77.0 ppg) in their three road games and have not had a true road game since Dec. 8.
  • Sophomore guard Aaryn Ellenberg leads the Sooners with 18.3 points per game, followed by sophomore guard Morgan Hook (12.6 ppg) and redshirt junior Whitney Hand (11.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 4.7 apg). Junior and 6-foot-3 center Joanna McFarland leads the team with 8.3 rebounds per game.

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS

TEXAS A&M

   

No.

Name                                       

2011-12 Stats

 

32

Adrienne Pratcher, G, 5-7, Jr.

7.9 ppg, 4.9 apg

 

04

Sydney Carter, G, 5-6, Sr.

11.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg

 

20

Tyra White, G, 6-0, Sr.

14.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg

 

21

Adaora Elonu, F, 6-1, Sr.

11.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg

 

03

Kelsey Bone, C, 6-4, Jr.

12.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg

 
           

OKLAHOMA

   

No.

Name                                       

2011-12 Stats

 

10

Morgan Hook, G, 5-10, So.

12.6 ppg, 4.3 apg

 

03

Aaryn Ellenberg, G, 5-7, So.

18.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg

 

25

Whitney Hand, G, 6-1, RS-Jr.

11.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg

 

53

Joanna McFarland, C, 6-3, Jr.

8.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg

 

04

Nicole Griffin, C, 6-6, So.

5.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg

 
           

STATISTICAL COMPARISON

   

2011-12 Category

TAMU

OU

 

Overall Record

9-3

9-3

 

Conference Record

0-1

1-0

 

Points Per Game

71.8

77.0

 

Scoring Margin              

+10.9

+18.8

 

Rebounds Per Game   

43.4

42.6

 

Rebounding Margin     

+9.4

+6.2

 

Field Goal Percentage 

42.1

46.2

 

Field Goal% Defense  

40.0

33.3

 

3-Point FG%         

26.7

38.3

 

Free Throw Percentage

62.2

72.6

 

Turnovers Per Game     

16.4

18.6

 

Assists Per Game        

15.3

17.3

 

Blocks Per Game          

4.1

4.0

 

Steals Per Game          

10.2

9.5

 
         

INSIDE THE SERIES

  • Oklahoma leads 26-18 in the all-time series with Texas A&M. The Aggies, however, have won five straight and seven of the last eight meetings between the two Big 12 rivals.
  • A&M is 11-7 at home against Oklahoma and has also won the last five straight played at Reed Arena.
  • Blair is 12-12 lifetime versus Oklahoma in his 27 years as a Division I head coach. 10 of his 12 career victories against the Sooners have come during his time in Aggieland.

LAST EIGHT GAMES IN THE SERIES

W, 57-56 on Feb. 23, 2009 in College Station

W, 74-62 on March 14, 2009 in Oklahoma City

L, 65-74 on Jan. 17, 2010 in Norman, Okla.

W, 78-55 on March 2, 2010 in College Station

W, 74-67 on March 14, 2010 in Kansas City

W, 80-78 on Jan. 26, 2011 in Norman, Okla.

W, 92-71 on Feb. 9, 2011 in College Station

W, 81-68 on March 11, 2011 in Kansas City

OKLAHOMA REPLAY

  • Sydney Carter scored 19 points and Tyra White added 18 to lead No. 8 Texas A&M to an 81-68 victory over No. 20 Oklahoma, sending the Aggies to the Big 12 tournament title game against top-seeded Baylor. The Aggies (27-4) were up by 16 points in the final four minutes, but the Sooners went on a 9-0 run to trail 75-68. Carter's basket with 58.5 seconds left helped put the game away. Whitney Hand led Oklahoma (21-11) with 21 points. The Aggies led 36-29 at halftime, primarily because of defensive pressure that created seven steals and a 17-2 edge in points off turnovers. The Sooners committed 13 turnovers in the first half and had a tough time dealing with Texas A&M's one-two scoring punch of Danielle Adams and White. Adams, who finished with 16 points, had 13 in the first half. The Aggies had 12 offensive rebounds in the first half, with five from Adams. Oklahoma came within 43-41 with 16:04 remaining, but a quick 11-0 run gave the Aggies a comfortable lead.

AGGIES IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY

  • The Aggies are 94-16 (.855) in non-conference play in the Gary Blair Era (2003-Present) and turned in their eighth consecutive non-conference season with just two or less losses in Coach Blair's ninth overall season in Aggieland.

GARY BLAIR ERA NON-CONFERENCE RECORD

2003-04:

7-4

 

2004-05:

9-1

 

2005-06:

11-2

 

2006-07:

10-2

 

2007-08:

12-2

 

2008-09:

12-1

 

2009-10:

12-1

 

2010-11:

12-1

 

2011-12:

9-2

 

Totals:

94-16 (.855)

 

RPI RATING

  • In the most recent release of the NCAA RPI on Jan. 3, Texas A&M was ranked seventh. According to the NCAA, Delaware holds the top spot followed by Tennessee, Connecticut, Stanford, Baylor and Maryland. Notre Dame, Michigan and Green Bay round out the top 10.

DEFENDERS OF THE HOME COURT

  • Texas A&M has protected its home court well over the last seven seasons with the help of the 12th Man. In fact, the Aggies have compiled an unprecedented 87-8 (.916) overall success rate at Reed Arena in those years, including a 13-1 mark last season and a perfect 16-0 home stand in 2006-07. The eight tallies in the home loss column have only occurred during Big 12 Conference play against nationally-ranked league foes.
  • The Aggies have won 48 straight non-conference home games, dating back to a 40-46 loss to Houston on 12/30/03. In addition, A&M has won 75 of its last 81 home games.

AGGIES' AT REED ARENA (SINCE 2005-06)

2011-12

5-0

2010-11

13-1

2009-10

12-2

2008-09

13-1

2007-08

14-2

2006-07

16-0

2005-06

14-2

Total

87-8

AGGIE ATTENDANCE

  • Texas A&M finished its 2010-11 regular season averaging a program-best 6,104 fans at each home game, which ranked fourth-best in the Big 12 and 12th-best in the country in attendance. A&M has been in the top 25 in national at­tendance for the past four seasons.
  • After five home games this season, the Aggies are averaging 6,025 fans per game.

TWO TOUGHEST ROAD TESTS

  • In the history of Texas A&M women's basketball, #13 Purdue and #2 Connecticut were the highest-ranked opponents the Aggies have ever faced consecutively on the road.
  • The Aggies came away with two tough losses, but had not dropped two consecutive games since February 2010.

PRESSURE DEFENSE

  • Texas A&M is known for its pressure defense and forced its first six opponents into season high turnovers: Lamar (28), Louisville (27), UALR (24), Mississippi State (18), Temple (27) and Iowa (25).

AGGIES IN THE POLLS

  • A&M has been ranked in the AP Poll for 73 consecutive weeks and 54 all-time in the top 10
  • A&M has been ranked in the Coaches Poll for 109 consecutive weeks and 59 all-time in the top 10.

TWELVE STRAIGHT

  • Prior to their loss at Purdue, the Aggies had won 12 straight games (including six from last season) which matched a school-record 12-game streak that occurred on three other occasions - during the 2010-11, 2008-09 and 2007-08 seasons.

BLAIR GETS 600TH WIN

  • With a victory over Mississippi State on Nov. 20, 2011, A&M head coach Gary Blair earned his 600th career win as a Division I head coach. The victories included 192 at A&M (2003-present), 198 at Arkansas (1993-03) and 210 at Stephen F. Austin (1985-93) for 600 total wins.
  • Blair became the 25th-fastest all-time coach (in all divisions) to reach 600 victories, the 22nd all-time Division I coach and the 36th all-time coach (in all divisions) to reach 600 victories. He is one of just 13 active Division I coach with 600 victories.


2011 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

  • In April, Texas A&M won its first NCAA National Championship in program history in its first-ever trip to the NCAA Women's Final Four and eighth all-time NCAA Tournament appearance.
  • Texas A&M ended the season with a 33-5 record, the most victories in program history. It was the first 30-win season in 37 all-time season of Aggie Basketball.
  • Texas A&M made a school-record sixth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Prior to the streak, the Aggies had never played in consecutive NCAA Tournaments and had not been a part of March Madness since 1996.
  • A&M received a program-best No. 1 national ranking in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll, improving on its previous school-best of No. 3 in the Coaches Poll in 2008.

WHAT'S BACK

  • The Aggies return three starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's national championship squad, including Preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention Sydney Carter (DeSoto, Texas), senior Adaora Elonu (Houston, Texas), and Preseason All-Big 12 Tyra White (Kansas City, Mo.).

AGGIES PICKED SECOND IN BIG 12

  • A&M was selected to finish second in the Big 12 Conference Preseason Poll. The Aggies received one first-place vote and 73 points, listed only behind preseason favorite Baylor (81).
  • A&M was picked second for the second consecutive year, which is its highest spot in the preseason poll since the team was chosen as the favorite prior to the 2007-08 season.
  • For the sixth consecutive year, the Aggies were selected among the top five teams in the league. A&M was the preseason favorite to win the regular-season title in 2007-08 (Big 12 postseason champion and NCAA Elite Eight), picked second in 2006-07 (Big 12 regular-season co-champion), fifth in 2008-09 (NCAA Sweet 16), fourth in 2009-10 (Big 12 postseason champion) and second in 2010-11 (NCAA National Champions)

2011-12 Big 12 Preseason Poll

1.

Baylor (9)

81

2.

Texas A&M (1)

73

3.

Texas

60

4.

Oklahoma

58

5.

Iowa State

43

6.

Texas Tech

37

7.

Kansas

35

8.

Oklahoma State

30

9.

Kansas State

23

10.

Missouri

10

WHAT'S NEW

  • For the third straight year, Texas A&M welcomes one of its highest-ever rated recruiting class with the addition of three freshmen in 6-foot-7 center Rachel Mitchell out of Atascocita High School in Houston, 5-foot-10 guard Tori Scott from John Ehret High School in Marrero, La., and 5-foot-8 guard and Big 12 Preseason Co-Freshman of the Year Alexia Standish out of Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville, Texas. This class was ranked as high as No. 3 in the country by The Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.

CARTER TAKES CHARGE

  • Texas A&M is known for its signature defense and Sydney Carter is its spokeswoman, regularly given the daunting task of guarding the opponent's best perimeter player. Her play has earned her a spot on the Big 12 All-Defensive team last year and she took home the team's Miss Defense Award the past two seasons. Add to that, the fact that she has led the team in charges taken every year she's been at A&M.

Carter's Charges:

29 - Junior (2010-11)

28 - Sophomore (2009-10)

12 - Freshman (2008-09)

FROM THE SIDELINES

  • Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is in his 27th overall season as a Division I head coach. He currently ranks in the top 15 in career victories (605) and in the top 25 by winning percentage (.712) among active Division I coaches in the NCAA women's basketball record books.
  • Blair is the all-time winningest coach in program history with 197 wins and a .706 winning percentage (197-82). He surpassed former head coach Lynn Hickey, who compiled 154 career victories from 1984-1994, with an 84-53 win over Portland State in the NCAA First Round on March 20, 2010 in Seattle, Wash.
  • Blair is one of only three all-time NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches to lead two different teams to the NCAA Women's Final Four (Texas A&M and Arkansas) next to C. Vivian Stringer (Rutgers, Iowa and Cheyney) and Marianne Stanley (Stanford and Old Dominion).
  • Blair is one of only four active Division I coaches (six all-time) to lead three different programs to the NCAA Tournament next to Stringer of Rutgers, Joanne P. McCallie of Duke and Jim Foster of Ohio State. Blair previously coached at Stephen F. Austin (1985-93) and Arkansas (1993-03).
  • Blair and Stringer are the only two coaches to guide three different teams to the NCAA Sweet 16.

KANSAS STATE RECAP

TEXAS A&M 69, KANSAS STATE 71

TEAM NOTES

  • For the ninth time this season, Texas A&M used the starting lineup of Adrienne Pratcher, Sydney Carter, Tyra White, Adaora Elonu and Kelsey Bone... It marked the 10th start of Bone's Aggie career, the 13th career start for Pratcher, 83rd for White and 86th for Elonu.
  • Texas A&M moves to 6-10 all-time in Big 12 Conference openers and 4-6 when starting league play on the road.
  • Texas A&M is now to 7-13 in the all-time series with Kansas State and moves to 0-3 vs. K-State in Big 12 openers.
  • The Aggies played their first overtime game since Dec. 20, 2007 at No. 22 George Washington and are now to 13-10 all-time in overtime games.
  • A&M outscored K-State 22-7 in second chance points and held a 24-11 advantage in offensive rebounds.
  • The Aggie bench outscored the Wildcats' bench, 13-3.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Bone tallied her 12th career and third double-double as an Aggie. It was also her second straight.
  • White has now started in 70 straight games, a streak that started on Jan. 4, 2010 against Lamar.
  • White has now scored double figures in 19 of her last 20 games.
  • In just six minutes in the first half, Gilbert tallied 4 points, four rebounds and a block.
  • Elonu dished out a season-high three assists and grabbed a first-half season-high seven rebounds.
  • Carter had a first-half season-high four rebounds.
  • Skylar Collins played a career-high 23 minutes and contributed 9 points on 4-of-4 from the floor and 1-of-1 from the free throw line, with two assists and two rebounds.
  • Adaora Elonu added 8 points and nine rebounds

COMING IN 2012-13

  • Next season, Blair and his coaching staff will welcome A&M's highest-ever rated recruiting class that was ranked as high as No. 2 in the country by ESPN HoopGurlz, The Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, Premier Basketball Report and All-Star Girls Report. The Aggie signees were: 5-foot-10 wing Chelsea Jennings from Fort Worth, Texas, 5-foot-6 point guard Jordan Jones from DeSoto, Texas, 5-foot-7 combo guard Curtyce Knox from Humble, Texas, six-foot wing Peyton Little from Abilene, Texas, 5-foot-8 wing Courtney Walker from Edmond, Okla., and 6-foot-1 forward/guard Courtney Williams from Houston.

AGGIES ON THE RADIO

  • All Texas A&M women's basketball games can be heard via a radio broadcast on the Texas A&M Sports Network. Play-by-play announcer Mike Wright will call the action live from Reed Arena alongside color analyst Tap Bentz on KZNE 1150 AM. A live audio feed will also be available on RadioAggieland.com.
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