Claremore Daily Progress


July 9, 2013

Coale coaches Team USA to huge win in World University Games opener

KAZAN, Russia — You have to wonder if Oklahoma women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale was thinking about her time as Norman High girls coach. Because that was the last time she approached winning a game by so many points.

It took place at the World University Games, where Coale is coaching the Team USA women. Preliminary round play began Monday and the Americans finished off a route of Mali 120-32.

The Sooner flavor did not end with Coale. One of her players, she coaches in real life, too.

OU rising senior and shooting guard Aaryn Ellenberg was one of six Americans to finish in double figures, scoring 11 points in just 14 minutes of floor time.

Ellenberg canned 4 of 9 field-goal attempts, including a 3-pointer and two free throws, while also grabbing a rebound and being credited with a steal.

The international model includes 40 minutes of basketball, spaced out by four 10-minute quarters rather than two 20-minute halves.

Coale’s squad led 28-12 after a quarter and 57-20 at the half. The Americans were just getting started.

Kazan, where the games are taking place, is nine hours ahead of Central Standard Time.

Team USA is back in action to face the Czech Republic at 11:30 this morning, before taking on Brazil at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Those two games will complete preliminary round play.

The World University Games is a multi-sport event that takes place every two years, reserved for male and female athletes between 17 and 24 years old.

USA Basketball women’s teams have participated in 16 previous World University Games, winning gold eight times, silver six times and bronze once.

Coale’s team is looking to defend the gold medal Team USA claimed two years ago in Shenzhen, China.

Text Only
  • DSC_0292web.jpg ‘All-State Sluggers’

    When Claremore’s Matt Whatley takes his place behind the plate tonight in the Oklahoma Coaches Association Large School East-West All-State baseball game, the former Zebra catcher will be right at home.
    Whatley, who started four years as the catcher for the Zebras, finds his final high school baseball game taking place in his future college ballpark.
    Last November, Whatley and his long-time friend, Bryce Howe, signed NCAA Division I baseball scholarships to play for the Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles.
    Tonight, those dreams come true for Whatley and Jenks outfielder Cadon Owens, who will be joining his former Bearcats teammate on the East squad. Also, Verdigris' Ryan Skalnik will start at third base for the Large East All-State team.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • FISHFRYweb.jpg Claremore QB Club holds Fish Fry Aug. 2

    The Claremore Zebra Quarterback Club will hold its annual Fish Fry fundraiser on Aug. 2 at the Claremore High School cafeteria.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • GOLF: OSU's Jelly wins Oklahoma State Amateur

    Oklahoma State's Brendon Jelley captured the Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship on Wednesday with a 1-up victory over Preston Crawford at The Patriot Golf Club.

    July 29, 2014

  • OSU wrestling to host Alumni Reunion

    Oklahoma State wrestling will host an alumni reunion for former Cowboy wrestlers, trainers and managers on Sept. 19-20 in Stillwater.

    July 29, 2014

  • OU's Mixon claims self defense

    The attorney for Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon says the incident that left a 20-year-old female OU student with multiple facial fractures was a case of self-defense.

    July 29, 2014

  • Sooners' secondary gets ready for changes

    There’s a reason Oklahoma is the preseason favorite to win the Big 12 Conference and a front-runner to get a spot in the first College Football Playoff.

    The experience – especially on defense – is the leading cause.

    July 29, 2014

  • SOFTBALL: Adair aiming high in 2014

    Adair's Lady Warriors have never shied away from the spotlight.

    Head coach Chell Looney's team will have plenty of chances to earn respect and a shot at the program's third straight regional tournament appearance.

    July 29, 2014

  • Cat Conti earns her stripes as football official

    Cat Conti never played sports, let alone had any interest in them, when she was growing up in Southern California. She wanted to be a Hollywood star.

    July 29, 2014

  • Fitzgerald: Union push unified Northwestern

    No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats.

    For that, he credits the push for them to unionize.

    July 29, 2014

  • NFL: Make or break season for Rams QB Bradford

    It's become a rite of training camp for Sam Bradford.

    Every summer, he deals with the oversized burden of living up to getting picked first overall in 2010. The St. Louis Rams quarterback is not surprised that once again, he's supposedly at a career crossroads.

    July 29, 2014