Feb. 23, 2009

Courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

#14/11 TEXAS A&M (20-5, 8-4) vs. #2/2 OKLAHOMA (24-2, 12-0)
Game #26
February 23, 2009 • 6:30 p.m. (CT)
Reed Arena (12,989)
at College Station, Texas


Television: ESPN2 and ESPN360.com
Radio: Texas A&M Sports Network (KZNE 1150 AM)
Series History: Oklahoma Leads 25-11
Internet: Live Audio and Statistics available on www.AggieAthletics.com


GAME PREVIEW
It will be a battle of "bigs" as the No. 11-ranked Texas A&M women's basketball team (20-5, 8-4) prepares for a Big Monday showdown and a top 25 rematch with second-ranked Oklahoma (24-2, 12-0) on Feb. 23 at Reed Arena. The Aggies and Sooners will tipoff at 6:30 p.m. (CT) in a first-ever Monday showcase between two Big 12 Conference powers on ESPN2. A&M has beaten its last four-straight league opponents on its home court in fine fashion and claimed its fourth-ever series sweep of archrival Texas in a 76-65 win on Saturday. The Aggie defense forced the 12th-ranked Longhorns to commit an opponent season-high 29 turnovers which is not at all a surprise as they annually rank among the top 15 teams nationally in scoring defense (54.3), field goal percentage defense (35.4), three-point field goal percentage defense (25.0) and turnover margin (+6.3). A&M will look to defend an OU squad that is shooting with a 49.1 percent accuracy from the floor and scoring an average of 79.0 points per game against opponents this season, numbers that rank among the top five in the country. The Aggies are currently in a tie with Kansas State for third-place in the latest Big 12 standings, while OU could clinch at least a share of its sixth league championship title with a win on Monday. Both teams will endure a quick turnaround with their second game in three days versus a nationally-ranked opponent in what could shape out to be one of the biggest weekends ever in Aggie Basketball history.

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS
TEXAS A&M
No. Name (2008-09 Stats)
#51 Sydney Colson, G, 5-8, So. (6.0 ppg, 3.2 apg)
#3 Takia Starks, G, 5-8, Sr. (16.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
#22 Tanisha Smith, G/F, 6-0, Jr. (8.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg)
#55 Danielle Gant, G/F, 5-11, Sr. (13.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg)
#12 La Toya Micheaux, C, 6-3, Sr. (2.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg)


OKLAHOMA
No. Name 2008-09 Stats
#13 Danielle Robinson, G, 5-9, So. (12.9 ppg, 6.1 apg)
#25 Whitney Hand, G, 6-1, Fr. (9.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg)
#21 Amanda Thompson, F, 6-0, Jr. (7.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg)
#5 Ashley Paris, F, 6-3, Sr. (13.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg)
#3 Courtney Paris, C, 6-4, Sr. (16.0 ppg, 13.9 rpg)


SERIES NOTES
Oklahoma holds a 25-11 series advantage over Texas A&M and picked up its second win (W, 71-59) in the last five games between the two Big 12 South rivals on Jan. 18 in Norman. The Aggies have won their last two-straight home meetings in double digits against the Sooners in that particular five-game span - 78-68 (+10) on Feb. 10, 2007 and 73-59 (+14) on March 6, 2008 in College Station. Eight of A&M's 11 overall victories in the all-time series have been won on its home court.


LAST FIVE GAMES IN SERIES
W, 54-52 on Jan. 27, 2007 in Norman
W, 78-68 on Feb. 10, 2007 in College Station
L, 56-68 on Feb. 12, 2008 in Norman
W, 73-59 on March 6, 2008 in College Station
L, 59-71 on Jan. 18, 2009 in Norman