WBB Preview: Oklahoma vs. Texas

Courtney Paris and the Sooners (23-4) will square off against the Longhorns (18-13) in the Big 12 quarterfinals at 6 p.m. tonight at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. See inside for tonight's pregame notes, including quotes from OU coach Sherri Coale and Texas coach Jody Conradt on the matchup. (AP Photo)

The Teams
#11 Oklahoma (23-4) vs. Texas (18-13) -- 6 p.m. -- Cox Convention Center (13,846) Oklahoma City, Okla.

Radio/Television
Today's game will be televised on Fox Sports Net. Bill Land (play-by-play) and Brenda VanLangren (analyst) will call the action. The game can also be heard on the radio on KOKC 1520 AM.

Radio Broadcast Info | Live Stats

The Matchup
The 7th-seeded Longhorns advanced to Wednesday's quarterfinal matchup against 2nd-seeded Oklahoma with a 70-57 win over 10th-seeded Missouri Tuesday night.

The matchup will be the third of the year between the two rivals. Texas won 67-62 in the first meeting on Jan. 31 in Austin, but the Sooners bounced back in game two routing the Longhorns 78-58 on Feb. 12 in Norman.

The Longhorns, who will start three freshmen, are led by All-Big 12 first-teamer Tiffany Jackson. Jackson, a 6-foot-3 center, is fourth in the Big 12 in both scoring and rebounding.

The Sooners, who come into the game riding a five-game winning streak, are a No. 2 seed for the first time since the inception of the Big 12 Tournament. Interestingly enough, no No. 2 seed has ever won the Big 12 conference tournament.

The winner of tonight's OU-Texas game will advance to Thursday's semifinal at 8:30 p.m. against the Baylor-Kansas winner.

Texas leads the all-time series 20-11.

Game 1 Recap | Game 2 Recap | Oklahoma Game Notes

Sherri Coale on how her team is playing...
"The best we've played all year. I don't think there's any doubt about it that we finally put 40 minutes together against Baylor. The trick now is to try to replicate that and do it over and over. Sometimes it just takes that getting to feel it one time. They feel it and they say, 'OK, this is how it works. This is what I did to get myself ready to have this type of performance.' And then you're able to piggyback on that. I think it's difficult to sustain that for four months. Basketball season is so long I think it's really tough. So maybe if we figure it out now we don't run out of gas before the end of the road."

Coale on the matchup against Texas...
"I think the one advantage, if there is one for us, is that we've played them recently. That familiarity helps. It particulary helps young players as they try to figure out how to prepare. They're pretty fresh in our minds compared to if we were playing Nebraska, who we played the opening weekend of conference play and haven't seen since. So I think that familiarity helps a little bit. But Texas is obviously extremely dangerous. When they get it all going they're as capable as anybody, and they whipped us pretty good in Austin so we've been on the bad end of that one."

Texas coach Jody Conradt on Oklahoma...
"We know Oklahoma very well. One time we had success and one time we didn't. They're really good. I think they're a challenge and it starts with Courtney Paris. No question she's a unique player in our game now. We have to do an excellent job of making it difficult for her in terms of second-chance opportunities and in terms of getting where she wants to get on the floor. And at the same time we have to guard their perimeter people. What makes any team good is that they have a strong inside-out game, and they do. I think it's been well documented that they've made some lineup changes. And when they did, their perimeter game became a lot more potent, and we know that it will be a challenge for us. We are concerned about our ability to recover, but it is what it is. I believe this team will give their all-out effort to try to keep playing."

Coale on the Big 12 Tournament in OKC...
"I think it's an awesome opportunity for fans. We're excited about the city of Oklahoma City in the rotation. I just think it's a tremendous, tremendous opportunity. I think we're the most centrally located of all the Big 12 schools, so we're kinda in the middle here where, yes the north has to travel and yes the south has to travel, but not all that far. And if this weather will hold up people will want to come back here year after year. I can't complain too much. We pretty much had Reunion Arena packed in red last year for that championship. Our fans have traveled well, but we've been fortunate that we've had a good group follow us. When we used to go to Kansas City in the early days it was really Iowa State's floor for women's basketball. I'm sure you'll see a strong contingent from a lot of schools down here."

Oklahoma Projected Starters :
G -- 11 --Jenna Plumley -- 5-4, Fr. -- 3.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg
G -- 34 --Erin Higgins -- 5-9, Sr. -- 5.0 ppg, 1.4 rbg
F -- 21 -- Amanda Thompson -- 6-1, Fr. -- 6.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg
F -- 24 --Leah Rush -- 6-1, Sr. -- 9.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg
C -- 3 -- Courtney Paris -- 6-4, So. -- 24.0 ppg, 16.0 rpg, 3.6 bpg

More on the Sooners
Schedule/Results | Roster | Stats

Texas Projected Starters:
G -- 3 -- Carla Cortijo -- 5-7, Fr. -- 7.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg
G -- 20 -- Erneisha Bailey --5-9, Jr. --7.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg
G -- 10-- Brittainey Raven -- 6-0, Fr. -- 7.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg
F -- 00 -- Earnesia Williams -- 6-1, Fr. -- 9.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg
C-- 33 -- Tiffany Jackson -- 6-3, Sr. -- 17.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg

More on the Longhorns
Schedule/Results | Roster | Stats

Big 12 Tournament Schedule/Matchups

First Round -- Tuesday, March 6
Game 1: No. 8 Colorado 71 vs. No. 9 Texas Tech 67
Game 2: No. 5 Iowa State 57 vs. No. 12 Kansas State 45
Game 3: No. 7 Texas 70 vs. No. 10 Missouri 57
Game 4: No. 11 Kansas 72 No. 6 Oklahoma State 61

Quarterfinals -- Wednesday, March 7
Game 5: No. 1 Texas A&M (23-5) vs. No. 8 Colorado (13-16), 12:00 p.m.
Game 6: No. 4 Nebraska (22-8) vs. No. 5 Iowa State (23-7) , 2:30 p.m.
Game 7: No. 2 Oklahoma (23-4) vs. No. 7 Texas (18-13), 6:00 p.m.
Game 8: No. 3 Baylor (24-6) vs. No. 11 Kansas (11-19), 8:30 p.m.

Semifnals -- Thursday, March 8
Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 6:00 p.m.
Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 10
Game 11: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 6:00 p.m.

* The Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net.


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