Former Texas Assistant Coach, Nicole Nelson, comes back to town today leading her Oklahoma team in her fourth season as the Sooners’ head coach. Nicole is now 2-2 against her former boss, Chris Petrucelli. Last year Nelson was named “Co-Big 12 Coach of the Year” along with Oklahoma State’s Colin Carmichael.
The Sooners battled Texas twice last year, winning both times with senior forward Whitney Palmer leading the way. Last year’s regular season matchup was in Austin on October 24th when Oklahoma won in double overtime. Texas then faced Oklahoma again in the Big 12 Tournament, falling 1-0 in the first round on November 3rd.
Last year Oklahoma went all the way to the finals of the Big 12 Tournament where they finally lost to Oklahoma State by the narrowest of margins (losing on penalty kicks 5-4 after double overtime.)
This year, however, Oklahoma seems to be reeling a bit after losing Whitney Palmer to graduation. In fact they can’t seem to buy a win. They’ve dropped eight out of thirteen games with no ties. They’re now coming into Austin on a four game losing streak, dropping their last four to LSU, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech.
With this year’s game coinciding with “OU Weekend” in football, the Sooners will certainly be extra motivated to snap their four game losing streak. Texas will need to stay sharp and call on all of its remaining assets as injuries will keep Kylie Doniak and Amanda Lisberger on the sidelines.
Last Sunday, Texas had a big win against Missouri on the road with contributions from all quarters of the roster. In order to win today, Texas will need a repeat of last weekend’s gutsy performance.
Game time is 7:00pm at Mike Myers Stadium in Austin (Directions)
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