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Mar 8 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guards Whitney Hand (25) and Aaryn Ellenberg (3) react against the Missouri Tigers during the second half of the quarters of the 2012 Big 12 Tournament at Municipal Auditorium. Oklahoma beat Missouri 70-59. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE

Big 12 Women’s Basketball Preview: Oklahoma Sooners

The 2011-2012 season was a fairly successful one for the Oklahoma Sooners. They finished second in the Big 12 with only the Baylor Bears ahead of them. Before they began the Big 12 Conference Tournament, they had an overall record of 19-11 and a conference record of 11-7. The Sooners could not make it to the Big 12 Finals because of a loss to the #14 Texas A&M Aggies.

They still made it into the NCAA Women’s Championship and were the 6th seed in the Fresno region. Their first game was against the 11th seed Michigan Wolverines. The Sooners defeated the Wolverines 88-67. In the Second Round, they went up against the 3rd seed St. John’s Red Storm and lost by a score of 74-70.

The 2012-2013 season is starting out very well for the Sooners and they have not even stepped out onto the court for a game. Just last week, they were selected second in the Big 12 Preseason Polls. Oklahoma was not the only team to be voted second as the West Virginia Mountaineers received the same amount of points (65). The Sooners received no first place votes as Baylor earned nine while West Virginia earned one.

Two players that Oklahoma will look to a lot this season are Aaryn Ellenberg and Whitney Hand.

Both received high-notice in regards to the Preseason All-Big 12 Women’s Basketball Team. Ellenberg was named to the five-member team which includes: Baylor’s Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims, Iowa State’s Chelsea Poppens and Kansas’ Angel Goodrich. Last season, she led the team in points per game (15.5) and steals (60).

Hand was named a honorable mention for the Preseason All-Big 12 Women’s Basketball Team. She joins Asya Bussie (West Virginia), Brittany Chambers (Kansas State), Carolyn Davis (Kansas), Chassidy Fussell (Texas) and Destiny Williams (Baylor) as honorable mentions this preseason. Hand averaged 13.3 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game last season.

This season should be  another successful season for Oklahoma. They have a nice shot of being second in the Big 12 again, but their is only one team that will stand in their way. That team in the West Virginia Mountaineers. The Mountaineers are a really good team and the Sooners are not use to playing them.

If they are not on their game this season, West Virginia could surprise them. Oklahoma has a good chance of finishing second in the Big 12 this season, but it would not be surprising if West Virginia finished above them or even beat them in the conference tournament. Also, Oklahoma will most likely be dancing in March.

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