University of Oklahoma Sooners Women's Basketball

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History:

Started in 1974, the University of Oklahoma Sooners women's basketball program was largely unsuccessful for over two decades, reaching the NCAA tournament only twice before 1996. In fact, in 1990, the university planned to drop the program altogether, due in part to horrible attendance numbers. A wave of complaints forced officials to reverse the decision, and the direction of the program would change dramatically in 1996 with the hiring of head coach Sherri Coale.

A Healdton, Oklahoma native, Coale was well-known locally, having been the head coach at Norman High School since 1990.

The Sooners women finished just 5-22 in Coale's first season and 8-19 the next, but a WNIT appearance in 1999 signaled the team was moving in the right direction. The very next year, Coale took Oklahoma to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, beginning a stretch of twelve straight NCAA tournament appearances. In that time, the team has been to the Final Four three times and the National Championship game in 2002. Interest in the University of Oklahoma women's team has skyrocketed, and home attendance averages over 9,000 per game.

Also, get information on the OU men's program.

Location:

The Oklahoma Sooners women play in Lloyd Noble Center on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, Oklahoma. Opened in 1975, the arena was renovated in 2001 and now seats 12,000 fans. It features a four-sided LED video display above center court, a new sound system (2007-2008), concessions, a lounge and more.

Tickets:

Tickets for Oklahoma Sooners Women's Basketball games can be purchased online at SoonerSports.com or by calling the OU ticket office at (800) 456-4668. Prices are typically around $5-$20 for single games, and season tickets are $100-$235. Ask about 5-game mini-packs.

2016-2017 Roster:

0 Vionise Pierre-Louis C 6-4 Jr.


1 LaNesia Williams G 5-7 Jr.
2 T'ona Edwards G 5-5 Sr.
3 Derica Wyatt G 5-10 Sr.
10 Peyton Little G 5-11 RSr.
11 Morgan Rich G 5-10 RFr.
12 Gileysa Penzo G 5-9 RSo.
21 Gabbi Ortiz G 5-9 Jr.
22 Shaya Kellogg F 6-2 Sr.
23 Maddie Manning G 6-2 RSr.
24 Ijeoma Odimgbe F 6-4 So.
25 Gioya Carter G 5-9 Sr.
30 McKenna Treece C 6-4 Jr.
32 Nancy Mulkey C 6-9 Fr.
33 Chelsea Dungee G 5-11 Fr.

Primary Coaching Staff:

Head Coach: Sherri Coale - since 1996
Four-time Big 12 Coach of the Year
Assistant Coach: Jan Ross - since 1996
Longtime Coale Assistant
Assistant Coach: Pam DeCosta - since 2011
Former San Jose State head coach
Assistant Coach: Chad Thrailkill - since 2004
Former Norman North High School boys' basketball head coach

2016-2017 Season Schedule:

11/2 Midwestern State [Exh.] 7:00 p.m.
11/7 Oklahoma City [Exh.] 7:00 p.m.
11/13 Southern Illinois 12:30 p.m.
11/16 ArkansasLittle Rock 7:00 p.m.
11/19 at Brigham Young 5:00 p.m.
11/23 South Dakota State 7:00 p.m.
11/27 Colorado State 2:00 p.m.
12/1 at Kentucky 6:00 p.m.
12/4 Oral Roberts 2:00 p.m.
12/8 Texas Rio Grande Valley 7:00 p.m.
12/11 Tulsa 2:00 p.m.
12/19 Xavier (Las Vegas) 4:15 p.m.
12/20 California (Las Vegas) 8:45 p.m.
12/21 Portland State (Las Vegas) 9:00 p.m.
12/29 at Kansas 7:00 p.m.
1/1 TCU 2:00 p.m.
1/4 Kansas State 7:00 p.m.
1/8 at West Virginia 3:00 p.m.
1/11 at Iowa State 7:00 p.m.
1/14 Texas Tech 2:00 p.m.
1/17 at Texas 6:00 p.m.
1/22 Oklahoma State 2:00 p.m.
1/25 Iowa State 7:00 p.m.
1/29 at Baylor 5:00 p.m.
2/1 Kansas 10:30 a.m.
2/4 at Oklahoma State 12:00 p.m.
2/7 West Virginia 7:00 p.m.
2/11 at Texas Tech 6:30 p.m.
2/18 Texas 1:00 p.m.
2/21 at Kansas State 7:00 p.m.
2/25 at TCU 7:00 p.m.
2/27 Baylor 7:00 p.m.