Sooners sign Roethlisberger's sis, two others to letters

Updated: November 8, 2006, 3:45 PM ET
Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. -- Three women's basketball players signed NCAA letters of intent Wednesday with Oklahoma on the day the Sooners learned they had received a No. 3 preseason ranking.

The Sooners signed Danielle Robinson, a 5-foot-7 point guard from San Jose, Calif.; 6-foot-1 forward Carlee Roethlisberger of Findlay, Ohio; and Jenny Vining, a 5-foot-9 guard from Marshall, Ark.

Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said the three signings would complete the Sooners' recruiting class. The Sooners signed five players for the upcoming season and have five seniors on their roster who will be playing their final season at Oklahoma.

Coale praised Robinson's speed, Roethlisberger's versatility and Vining's long-range shooting.

Robinson was an alternate on the U.S. under-18 World Championships team this past summer.

"She is just incredibly quick, an excellent finisher and has a chance to be a marquee defender," Coale said. "I think she can really harass the basketball."

Roethlisberger received Division I recruiting interest in both basketball and volleyball before choosing to play hoops at Oklahoma. The sister of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will become the fourth current Oklahoma player with family ties to professional sports.

She will join twins Courtney and Ashley Paris, who are the daughters of former San Francisco 49ers all-pro lineman Bubba Paris, and Abi Olajuwon, the daughter of former NBA most valuable player Hakeem Olajuwon. The Parises will be sophomores this season, while Olajuwon will be a freshman.

"Carlee will bring to Oklahoma the combination of athletic competitiveness and versatility with total effort and personal integrity," said Connie Lyon, her high school coach.

Vining has made 221 3-pointers in her high school career.

"Jenny doesn't like to be called a shooter," Coale said. "She thinks she is a player. And I keep telling her there is nothing wrong with being called a shooter. When you have a gift like she does for shooting the ball, it's not a negative thing because that's what she does better than anything else."


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