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Oklahoma Sooners women's basketball

Oklahoma Sooners
2013–14 Oklahoma Sooners women's basketball team
Oklahoma Sooners athletic logo
University University of Oklahoma
Conference Big 12
Location Norman, OK
Head coach Sherri Coale (16th year)
Arena Lloyd Noble Center
(Capacity: 12,000)
Nickname Sooners

Crimson and Cream

Home jersey
Team colours
Away jersey
Team colours
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Final Four
2002, 2009, 2010
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1986, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013
NCAA/AIAW Tournament second round
1995, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2013
NCAA/AIAW Tournament appearances
1986, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Conference tournament champions
2002, 2004, 2006, 2007
Conference regular season champions
2001, 2002, 2006

The Oklahoma Sooners women's basketball team represents the University of Oklahoma and competes in the Big 12 Conference of NCAA Division I.


OU Women's Basketball began during the 1974–75 academic year. In March 1990, Oklahoma officials released a statement saying that the women's basketball program was to be dropped, after many years of sub-par performance and low attendance. Many people voiced their complaints and eight days later, OU reinstated the program.[1] At the time, the average attendance per game was only 65 people. In 1996, Oklahoma hired former Norman High School women's basketball coach Sherri Coale to the same position at the University. The Sooner women's basketball team developed in years since to status as a leader in attendance across the nation. The Sooners averaged attendance of 6851 in 2011–12 at home games, and the support for the sport led to Oklahoma hosting first and second round games in the Women's NCAA Basketball Championships at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. The Sooners also set a record on February 2, 2009, when they played host to #13 Tennessee Lady Volunteers, led by coach Pat Summit who was trying to grab career victory 1,000, something that no other coach has done before. The Attendance for that game, which was held that the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, was close to 13,000 as well as setting a record for the most watched women's basketball game in history. The Sooners also led the Big 12 conference in attendance as well. As with the men's team, they call Lloyd Noble Center home.

The program gained national prominence during the 2002 post-season when they advanced to the National Title game and lost to the University of Connecticut Huskies. In the 2005-06 season, the Sooners were led by their coach Sherri Coale and the nationally-known sophomore twins Courtney and Ashley Paris, daughters of former San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Bubba Paris, to the third round of the national tournament. The team also won the Big 12 regular season championship (with a 16-0 conference record) and the Big 12 Tournament. They became the first Big 12 women's basketball team to remain undefeated throughout conference play.

In the 2008–09 season, the Sooners made it to the Final Four of the 2009 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament. They advanced through the Oklahoma City Regional, where they enjoyed considerable home court advantage, as Norman and Oklahoma City are separated by fewer than 20 miles.

The 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons failed to result in regional championships and NCAA Final Four appearances, but showed tremendous promise. Playing through rigorous non-conference schedules and a rugged Big 12 slate, the Sooners received No. 6 seeds each of the two years. The 10–11 team advanced through the Charlottesville, Virginia, first and second round site with a win over nearby James Madison University and an upset win over the University of Miami Hurricanes. The season came to an abrupt hault in Dayton, Ohio, in the Sweet Sixteen, falling to No. 2 seed Notre Dame, which steamrolled to a national championship appearance that year. The 11-12 team failed to make it past the No. 3 seed St. John's Red Storm in a 74-70 defeat in front of several thousand Sooner fans in Norman, Oklahoma. St. Johns would fall in the Sweet Sixteen to the Duke Blue Devils in Fresno, California.

Oklahoma City hosted an NCAA regional in March 2013.

The 2012–13 Sooners missed graduating senior Jelena Serena, but retained the rest of the team. Adding to the corps were two National Top 20 recruits Maddie Manning and Nicole Kornet, and Sooners Jasmine Hartman and Lyndsey Cloman rejoined the active roster. Both Hartman and Cloman sat out the entire 2011–12 season with injuries.


Oklahoma has played in the Big 8 and the Big 12 conferences. The Sooners joined the Big 12 in 1996 when the Big 8 merged with four former members of the defunct Southwest Conference.


Sooners head women's basketball coach is Sherri Coale, who entered her 18th season at Oklahoma in 2013-14.

NCAA Tournament History

The Sooners reached the NCAA tournament and Sweet Sixteen for the first time in 1986. In 1995, Oklahoma made their second trip to the tourney, falling in the second round.

After another break, the Sooners made their third appearance in the 1999-2000 season, and have become a mainstay in the tournament since then, entering the field of 64 every year since. In that time period, the Sooners have reached three Final Four appearances, which is tied for 9th in NCAA Women's Basketball History. Since 2002, the Sooners' first appearance, their three appearances ties them for fifth, behind Tennessee (6), Connecticut (5), Stanford (5) and Louisiana State (5).

2013–14 Roster

Year by year results

Conference tournament winners noted with # Source [2]
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason Coaches' poll AP poll
Amy Dahl (Independent) (1974–1975)
1974-75 Amy Dahl 2–14 OAIAW
Amy Dahl: 2–14
Cathie Schweitzer (Independent) (1976–1979)
1975-76 Cathie Schweitzer 3–14 OAIAW
1976-77 Cathie Schweitzer 4–20 OAIAW
1977-78 Cathie Schweitzer 20–12 SWAIAW
Cathie Schweitzer: 27–46
Doyle Parrick (Independent) (1979–1981)
1978-79 Doyle Parrick 13–16 SWAIAW
1979-80 Doyle Parrick 17–16 OAIAW
Doyle Parrick: 30–32
Maura McHugh (Independent, Big 8) (1980–1987)
1980-81 Maura McHugh 21–11 SWAIAW
1981-82 Maura McHugh 17–14
Big Eight Conference
1982-83 Maura McHugh 17–11 7–7
1983-84 Maura McHugh 22–10 8–6 NWIT Sixth Place
1984-85 Maura McHugh 23–7 10–4
1985-86 Maura McHugh 24–7 10–4 1st NCAA Sixteen 18 19
1986-87 Maura McHugh 18–10 6–8
Maura McHugh: 142–70 41–29
Valerie Goodwin-Colbert (Big 8) (1988–1991)
1987-88 Valerie Goodwin-Colbert 14–13 7–7
1988-89 Valerie Goodwin-Colbert 11–16 4–10
1989-90 Valerie Goodwin-Colbert 7–22 2–12
Valerie Goodwin-Colbert: 32–51 13–29
Gary Hudson (Big 8) (1990–1993)
1990-91 Gary Hudson 10–18 4–9
1991-92 Gary Hudson 17–12 7–7
1992-93 Gary Hudson 12–15 6–8
Gary Hudson: 39–45 17–24
Burl Plunkett (Big 8) (1993–1996)
1993-94 Burl Plunkett 18–12 7–7 NWIT Champions
1994-95 Burl Plunkett 22–9 11–3 NCAA Second Round
1995-96 Burl Plunkett 12–15 4–10
Burl Plunkett: 52–36 22–20
Big 12 Conference
Sherri Coale (Big 12) (1996–present)
1996-97 Sherri Coale 5–22 1–15 12th
1997-98 Sherri Coale 8–19 4–12 T-9th
1998-99 Sherri Coale 15–14 8–8 T-5th WNIT Sixteen
1999-2000 Sherri Coale 25–8 13–3 T-1st NCAA Sixteen 13 18
2000-01 Sherri Coale 28–6 15–1 1st NCAA Sixteen 10 7
2001-02 Sherri Coale 32–4 14–2 1st# NCAA Finals 2 2
2002-03 Sherri Coale 19–13 9–7 T-5th NCAA First Round
2003-04 Sherri Coale 24–9 9–7 6th# NCAA Second Round 18 11
2004-05 Sherri Coale 17–13 8–8 T-6th NCAA First Round
2005-06 Sherri Coale 31–5 16–0 1st# NCAA Sixteen 8 7
2006-07 Sherri Coale 28–5 13–3 T-1st# NCAA Sixteen 9 9
2007-08 Sherri Coale 22–9 11–5 T-3rd NCAA Second Round 19 14
2008-09 Sherri Coale 32–5 15–1 1st NCAA Semifinals 4 4
2009-10 Sherri Coale 27–11 11–5 T-2nd NCAA Semifinals 3 12
2010-11 Sherri Coale 23–12 10–6 T-3rd NCAA Sixteen 15 21
2011-12 Sherri Coale 21–13 11–7 T-2nd NCAA Second Round
2012-13 Sherri Coale 24–11 11–7 T-3rd NCAA Sixteen
Sherri Coale: 381–179 179–97
Total: 705–473

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

External links

  • Oklahoma Sooners Women's basketball Media Guide


  1. ^ When It Was Dropped. OU Women's Basketball 2006 Media Guide. University of Oklahoma. Retrieved on 2007-08-21.
  2. ^ "Media Guide". University of Oklahoma. Retrieved 10 Aug 2013. 

External links

  • Official site

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