OU Weekly Sport Notes (11-24-08)

A look at Oklahoma's weekly sports news and notes...

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Last Week: OU (4-0) went 3-0 with wins over Mississippi Valley State (94-53) and No. 21 Davidson (82-78) in the NIT Season Tip-Off, and another over Gardner-Webb (80-76).  Blake Griffin averaged 26.7 points, 20.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists on the week while shooting 72.5 percent from the field.  He became the first player in Big 12 Conference history to record consecutive games of at least 20 points and 20 rebounds (25 and 21 against Davidson, 35 and 21 versus Gardner-Webb).  Willie Warren scored in double figures in all three contests and averaged 17.0 points and 2.7 assists, while Taylor Griffin averaged 11.3 points, 5.7 boards and 2.3 steals.

This Week: The Sooners head to New York's Madison Square Garden for NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals and championship round games on Wednesday and Friday.  The tournament's No. 2 seed, OU plays No. 7 seed UAB on Wednesday at approximately 8:30 p.m. CST.  It will take on No. 1 seed Purdue or No. 4 seed Boston College on Friday at 12:30 or 3 p.m. CST.  All NIT Season Tip-Off games will be televised by ESPN2.

Notes: Blake Griffin is averaging 26.0 points, 19.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game on the season while shooting .745 from the field ... He is the first player in OU history to record four straight games of at least 18 rebounds (nobody had done it in more than two consecutive games) ... Griffin has registered games of 18, 19, 21 and 21 boards to start the year ... His career-high 35 points against Gardner-Webb on Saturday were the most by a Sooner in a non-overtime game since the 1997-98 season ... Oklahoma is off to the best start of the three-year Jeff Capel era.

Web:
http://www.soonersports.com/sports/m-baskbl/okla-m-baskbl-body.html

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Last Week: No. 2 Oklahoma was rewarded with its highest ranking in program history before playing three games in five days in the Preseason Women's NIT.  OU defeated Middle Tennessee, 85-65, Wednesday, Nov. 19, and No. 18 Arizona State, 70-57, Friday, Nov. 21, before falling to No. 4 North Carolina in the championship game, 80-79.

This Week: OU hosts Marist at the Lloyd Noble Center Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. before taking its first road trip of the season to No. 1 Connecticut Sunday, Nov. 30. 

Notes: Courtney Paris became OU's all-time leading scorer with her 19-point performance against Arizona State, passing Phylesha Whaley, who held the previous mark at 2,187 points … Paris also had 20 rebounds in the game for her NCAA-record 100th career double-double … Paris sisters, Ashley and Courtney, were named to the Preseason WNIT All-Tournament Team.

Web: http://soonersports.com/sports/w-baskbl/recaps/112308aaa.html

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VOLLEYBALL

Last Week: Oklahoma (12-15, 8-11 Big 12) went 1-1 on the week, falling to Texas A&M in five sets, 3-2 on Wednesday night and defeating Iowa State 3-0 on Saturday afternoon. Both matches were at home.

This Week: Oklahoma closes out the 2009 schedule Wednesday evening, traveling to Colorado for a 6:30 p.m. CT contest in Boulder.

Notes: Against Texas A&M, Oklahoma was led by redshirt sophomore Francie Ekwerekwu's career-high 19 kills. Ekwerekwu hit .359 on the evening and added three block assists to carry the Sooners offensively … Freshman setter Brianne Barker tallied 50 assists and 20 digs for her 16th double-double of the season … Freudenrich led the team with a .455 hitting percentage … As a team, the Sooners hit .233, their third highest clip during conference play this year … Laplante hit .345 for OU. Freshman Brianne Barker led the team with 27 assists … Defensively, senior Lacy Barnes had 22 digs in her final game for Oklahoma … Laplante and Higgins added nine digs each, and freshman Danielle Alva added five … The Sooners had a superb day at the net with 11 total blocks. Ekwerekwu tied a career high with eight block assists to lead the Sooners. Boulavsky tied season highs in block solos (1), block assists (5) and total blocks (6).

Link:  http://www.soonersports.com/sports/w-volley/okla-w-volley-body.html

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Wrestling

Last Week:  No. 19 Oklahoma improved to 3-0 on the season with victories over Oklahoma City (47-0) on Thursday and No. 20 Old Dominion (28-6) on Sunday.  OU's win versus OCU gave head coach Jack Spates his 200th win at OU.

This week:  The Sooners host the Oklahoma Open this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28-29, at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.  

Notes:  Head coach Jack Spates became just the second OU coach to reach the 200-win plateau, joining Stan Abel (279) … No. 10th-ranked Eric Lapotsky at 197 pounds remained undefeated after last week, now owning a 7-0 record on the season.  Lapotsky recorded a pin against OCU, his fourth of the season in just seven matches … Unranked Sooner senior David Armstrong posted an upset win over No. 12 Kyle Hutter of ODU for his fourth victory this season.

Link:  http://www.soonersports.com/sports/m-wrestl/recaps/112308aaa.html


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