Sooners, 'Horns set to battle on senior night

Senior Caton Hill and No. 23 Oklahoma will finish the regular season tonight against No. 5 Texas in Norman. Hill will finish her career as the all-time leader in 18-of-22 women's basketball categories. Tip-off between the Sooners and 'Horns is set for 8 p.m. and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)

THE TEAMS
No. 5 Texas (25-3,13-2) vs. No. 23 Oklahoma (19-7, 9-6).

THE SCENE
Lloyd Noble Center (12,000), Norman, Okla. The game will be televised beginning at 8 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest.

THE SERIES
The Longhorns have won the last four games against the Sooners and lead the all-time series by a 15-7 mark. OU is 5-4 against the 'Horns in Norman. Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale is 6-10 against Texas.

LAST MEETING
Maria Villarroel scored 18 points and Leah Rush added 15, but it wasn't enough as the Longhorns knocked off then No. 15 Oklahoma, 63-58, on Jan. 10 in Austin. Texas jumped out to a 39-25 lead, but the Sooners chipped their way back when Villarroel scored seven straight points in a run that cut the 'Horns lead to 59-58 win 1:10 to go. But that would be as close at the Sooners would get as Texas hit four free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Nina Norman led the 'Horns with 17 points.

THE MATCHUP
The Oklahoma women's basketball team can accomplish two things on Tuesday when 5th-ranked Texas comes to Norman for round two of the Red River Rivalry: Send seniors Caton Hill and Maria Villarroel go out with a win in their final home game and put and end to the 'Horns hopes of an outright Big 12 conference regular season title.

Putting the emotions of senior night aside, the Sooners, who have won six of their last seven games, have other business to attend to on Tuesday. At 9-6 in Big 12 play, a win against Texas and a Baylor loss Wednesday at Oklahoma State would send the Sooners to Dallas for next week's Big 12 Tournament as the fifth seed. However, a loss to Texas or Baylor win would put Oklahoma in the sixth spot. An OU win and a Baylor win, or an OU loss and and a Baylor loss, would still place the Sooners as the No. 6 seed because the Bears hold the tiebreaker between the two teams after sweeping OU this season.

Back to the seniors, Oklahoma will honor both Hill and Villarroel in a ceremony after the game. Hill, who will go down as one of the best in history of Oklahoma women's basketball, will also tie the record for career starts against Texas and leave Norman as the leader in 18-of-22 other career categories.

THE STARTERS
OKLAHOMA
10-F-Caton Hill (6-1, Sr., Ada, Okla.) 12.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg
24-F-Leah Rush (6-1, Fr., Amarillo, Texas) 8.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg
34-G-Erin Higgins (5-9, Fr., Oklahoma City, Okla.) 7.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg
35-G-Dionnah Jackson (5-9, Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) 11.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg
05-G -Maria Villarroel (5-9, Sr., Margarita, Venezuela) 14.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg

TEXAS
33-F-Tiffany Jackson (6-3, Fr., Dallas, Texas) 12.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg
21-F-Heather Schreibert (6-2, Jr., Windthorst, Texas) 13.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg
41-C-Stacy Stephens (6-1, Sr., Winnsboro, Texas) 11.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg
11-G-Jamie Carey (5-6, Jr., Thornton, Colo.) 10.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg
22-G-Nina Norman (5-6, So., Houston, Texas) 9.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg

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