Inside the OU women’s basketball turnaround and covering Caitlin Clark

Inside the OU women’s basketball turnaround and covering Caitlin Clark

The Lederman Jacket: Jennie Baranczyk's case for Big 12 Coach of the Year and what it's like covering a basketball phenomenon with ESPN's Michael Voepel.

Eli Lederman

By Eli Lederman

| Feb 22, 2024, 2:00pm CST

Eli Lederman

By Eli Lederman

Feb 22, 2024, 2:00pm CST

The best basketball story in Norman this season? It belongs to Oklahoma’s women’s basketball and Sooners coach Jennie Baranczyk, who enter the weekend leading the Big 12 standings with three regular-season games remaining. 

ESPN women’s basketball reporter Michael Voepel joined the Lederman Jacket for a conversation on the Sooners’ midseason turnaround, Baranczyk’s case for Big 12 Coach of the Year honors, covering Caitlin Clark’s historic run at Iowa and the women’s college basketball landscape as postseason play approaches. 

Episode highlights:

2:25: Michael Voepel on the confidence charging OU’s conference-topping run 

7:05: How Baranczyk has fashioned a new-look team into one of the Big 12’s best

10:20: Do the Sooners have a roster capable of postseason success?

12:15: Covering Caitlin Clark and putting context on her record-setting career at Iowa

18:40: Rapid fire questions on Baranczyk, Clark and the world of women’s college basketball

Producer: Jacquelyn Musgrove

Creative Director: Michael Lane

Social media team: Bobby Howard

Director of Content: Mike Sherman

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Eli Lederman reports on the University of Oklahoma for Sellout Crowd. He began his professional career covering the University of Missouri with the Columbia Missourian and later worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before two years writing on the Sooners and Cowboys at the Tulsa World. Born and raised in Mamaroneck, New York, Lederman grew up a rabid consumer of the New York sports pages and an avid fan of the New York Mets. He entered sportswriting at 14 years old and later graduated from the University of Missouri. Away from the keyboard, he can usually be found exploring the Oklahoma City food scene or watching/playing fútbol (read: soccer). He can be reached at

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