Sooners Dominant in Win over Lobos, 105-63

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 16, 2017

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Stat Comparison
Category UNM
OU
Points 63 105
FGM-A 17-62 40-85
FG% .274 .471
3 FGM-A 11-33 15-38
3 FG% .333 .395
FTM-A 18-20 10-13
FT% .900 .769
Rebounds 32 60
Assists 13 27
Turnovers 23 16
Blocks 3 4
Steals 8 10
Individual Leaders
Category UNM OU
Points Lapeyrolerie - 18 Llanusa - 27
Rebounds Lapeyrolerie - 7 Pierre-Louis - 13
Assists Beynon - 6 Penzo - 11
Steals Three players - 2 Penzo - 3
Blocks Three players - 1 Pierre-Louis - 2

NORMAN — Oklahoma women's basketball handed New Mexico its first loss of the season in dominant fashion, claiming a 105-63 win on Saturday afternoon inside Lloyd Noble Center.

Freshman Ana Llanusa led the Sooners (5-5) in scoring with a career-high 27 points, the most by an OU freshman in a one game since 2010. Llanusa tied her career high with four treys, collected seven rebounds and shot 9-of-22 from the floor. 

Senior Gabbi Ortiz added 25 points, while classmate Vionise Pierre-Louis earned her fourth double-double of the season with 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting and 13 rebounds. Ortiz finished 8-of-15 from the field and knocked down seven 3-pointers. The senior is the first OU player to score 25 points or more in back-to-back games since Aaryn Ellenberg in 2014. 

Redshirt junior Gileysa Penzo recorded 11 assists, the most by a Sooner in a single game since 2013. Penzo is the 11th Sooner all-time to post 10 or more assists in a single game. The redshirt junior also added a career-high three steals and scored three points in the game. Freshman Mandy Simpson logged 12 rebounds, setting a career high. 

The 42-point margin of victory over New Mexico (11-1) was the largest for the Sooners since OU defeated Bradley, 104-55, on Nov. 21, 2014.

The Sooners put together an explosive first half, scoring 28 points in each quarter to take a 58-25 lead into the locker room at halftime. OU used a 19-0 run in the second quarter to put the game out of reach early. The Sooners held the Lobos to just 7-of-29 shooting (.241) from the field in the first half and out-rebounded New Mexico, 29-15.

In the first quarter, the Sooners shot 10-of-21 (.476) from the field while limiting New Mexico to just four field goals. OU knocked down six three-pointers off 13 attempts, including two from both Manning and Llanusa, and closed the first quarter on a 15-3 run.

 The Sooners scored 36 points, their most in a quarter in the last three years, on 13-of-21 shooting (.629). Ortiz ignited the run by making six triples in the quarter as the senior and Llanusa combined for 29 of OU's 36 points in the frame. 

The Sooners outrebounded the Lobos, 60-32, the largest rebounding margin for OU against an opponent since 2013 against Samford. OU's 40 field goals are the most by the Sooners in a game since 2006, while the Sooners' 15 made 3-pointers were three shy of tying the school record and tied for the third most in the Coale era. 

Up next, OU will wrap up its non-conference slate at the Women's Holiday Showcase on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT against No. 1/1 Connecticut in Uncasville, Conn. The game will take place at the Mohegan Sun Arena and be televised on CBS Sports Network.

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