OU women's nonconference schedule released
BY Staff Reports
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
8/07/12 at 11:51 AM
NORMAN -- The University of Oklahoma women begins their 39th season of basketball with 14 games, including two exhibitions, before the Big 12 Conference calendar (to be announced at a later date) starts in January it was announced Tuesday.
"Certainly, with 10 of our 14 pre-conference games inside the Lloyd Noble Center, our fans will have many opportunities to watch us develop," coach Sherri Coale, who begins her 17th season as the Sooners' head coach, said. "Yet, this schedule also replicates some of the challenges we will face during the merciless Big 12 schedule and what awaits during the NCAA Tournament in March. There is a nice balance that will test our core group of veterans and initiate our highly-skilled underclassmen to the college game. I'm excited for the road ahead."
The Sooners boast the return of their starting lineup and comebacks of two upperclassmen -- Lyndsey Cloman and Jasmine Hartman -- who missed the entire 2011-12 season due to injuries. OU also introduces newcomers Portia Durrett, a junior college All-American, Nicole Kornet, a WBCA All-America Game MVP, and Maddie Manning, the Gatorade Player of the Year in Iowa.
Ticket sales and television and radio broadcast schedules will be announced at a later date. For ticket information, visit SoonerSports.com or call the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 456-GoOU.
The Sooners get an early jump on basketball this season when they leave Tuesday for a 10-day tour of Australia. During the trip, OU will play four games against teams from the nation's premier women's basketball league, the WNBL.
2012-13 nonconference schedule
Thursday, Nov. 1: vs. Oklahoma Christian (Exh.), 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 6: vs. Henderson State (Exh.), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10: at Creighton, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 14: vs. UCLA, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18: vs. Saint Louis, 2 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 23: vs. Arkansas (Honolulu), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 24: vs. Oregon (Honolulu), 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 25: at Hawaii (Honolulu), 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 29: vs. Northwestern (La.) State, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 2: vs. Marist, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 6: vs. North Texas, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16: vs. Vanderbilt, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 20: vs. UC Riverside, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 29: vs. Cal State Northridge, 1 p.m.
OU's Whitney Hand saves a ball from Texas A&M's Sydney Carter during the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., last season. STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World file