Win and Return Home: OU Takes on Washington

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Tyler Pigg
By Tyler Pigg
Associate Director of Communications
MARCH 19, 2017
23/20 OKLAHOMA
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march 20 | 8:05 p.m. (CT) | SEATTLE, WASH. | NCAA TOURNAMENT second ROUND

CHAMPIONSHIP BASICS

Making its 20th NCAA Tournament appearance and 18th straight under head coach Sherri Coale, the No. 23/20 Sooners (23-9 overall, 13-5 Big 12) enter Saturday's round-of-32 game against No. 3 seed Washington (28-5 overall, 15-3 Pac 12) as the Oklahoma City Regional's No. 6 seed. The contest will be played at Washington's Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, Wash. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. CT. Washington defeated Montana State, 91-63, on Saturday night to advance.

ON THE AIR

Monday's game will be televised on the ESPN2 with Pam Ward and Gail Goestenkors on the call. The contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network with Brian Brinkley calling the action.


FIVE THINGS TO KNOW

• Oklahoma boasts a 33-19 (.635) overall NCAA Tournament record and is making its 20th all-time appearance in the Big Dance. The Sooners advanced to the second round for the 11th time in the last 12 years with a 75-62 victory over No. 11 seed Gonzaga. OU, who is seeded No. 6 in the Oklahoma City Region, is 10-6 all-time in second round games in the NCAA Tournament.

• Monday's game marks the third meeting with Washington in the last three seasons. OU has won the last two matchups, including a 71-68 victory over the Huskies a year ago in Seattle. T'ona Edwards' lay-in with 0:12 seconds left in the fourth quarter gave OU a 3-point lead. Maddie Manning sealed the game with a block during Washington's final possession.

• OU is just one of 10 teams in Division I men's or women's basketball to hold an active streak of 18 or more consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Tennessee (36), Stanford (30), Connecticut (29), Notre Dame (22) are the only four women's basketball teams that have made more consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament than Oklahoma, while Kansas (28), Duke (22), Michigan State (20), Gonzaga (19) and Wisconsin (19) have all made at least 18 straight trips to the Big Dance on the men's side.

• After entering the NCAA Tournament two years ago with one of the youngest rosters in the nation, OU now boasts a squad of 14 players who have combined to play in 43 postseason games. Redshirt senior guard Peyton Little leads the Sooners by averaging 16.0 points in OU's last three NCAA Tournament games.

• OU is 7-4 as a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Sweet 16 twice (2011 and 2013). With a win, the Sooners would return home to play in the Oklahoma City Regional starting Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.


COALE IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

• Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale has led the Sooners to 18 straight NCAA Tournament appearances since 2000. She owns a 30-17 (.638) record and is 14-3 in opening-round games. Coale has guided the Sooners to three Final Fours and nine Sweet 16 appearances.

• Coale is one of seven active coaches to take their current program to three or more Final Fours. The others are: Geno
Auriemma (Connecticut), Brenda Frese (Maryland), Sylvia Hatchell (North Carolina), Muffet McGraw (Notre Dame), Kim Mulkey (Baylor) and Tara VanDerveer (Stanford). She is just one of nine active coaches with at least 30 wins in the NCAA Tournament.

• The 21st-year head coach ranks eighth among active coaches with a .638 winning percentage, ninth with 30 victories and 10th with 47 games coached in the NCAA Tournament.


GAME 33 RECAP: GONZAGA

• Vionise Pierre-Louis had 17 points, nine rebounds and nine blocked shots as No. 6 seed Oklahoma used strong shooting performance to top No. 11 seed Gonzaga, 75-62, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. Pierre-Louis' nine blocks set an OU single game record for rejections in the NCAA Tournament. Her total also is tied for the third-most by an OU player in a single game. Peyton Little scored 12 of her 18 points in the first quarter, while hitting three 3-pointers in the win.

• Oklahoma hit six 3-pointers and scored 29 points in the first quarter, a season-high in points for the opening 10 minutes. Gabbi Ortiz added 12 points and Maddie Manning had 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds for the Sooners.


PREVIEWING WASHINGTON

• Washington boasts the nation's top scorer, Kelsey Plum, and the nation's top rebounding in Chantel Osahor. Plum, who averages 31.6 points per game, is Division I women's basketball's all-time leading scorer. She has scored at least 20 points in each game this season for the Huskies and finished with 29 points in the Huskies' opening round win over No. 14 Montana State. The senior has averaged 37.5 points per game in the last two matchups up with Oklahoma. Osahor, who has 28 double-doubles this year, leads the nation with a 15.4 rebounding average and ranks second on the team with 15.8 points a game.

• The Huskies enter Monday's matchup shooting .470 from the field (fifth in Division I), .377 from 3-point range (fourth) and .759 at the free throw line (27th). Washington averages 84.9 points per contest this season, a mark that ranks ninth in the nation. The Huskies also average 10.0 3-pointers a contest.


Gabbi Ortiz
Gabbi Ortiz made her first collegiate start as a freshman against Washington in 2014.

THE STREAK CONTINUES

• Oklahoma's 18 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances rank as the longest active streak by a team in the Big 12 and the fifth-best active streak among Division I women's basketball teams. OU's 18 straight NCAA bids is the ninth longest streak all-time in Division I.

• Only Tennessee (36), Stanford (30), Connecticut (29) and Notre Dame (22) have made more consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament than the Sooners.


IF OKLAHOMA BEATS WASHINGTON ...

• Oklahoma will advance to the Sweet 16 for the 11th time in school history and the 10th time under Sherri Coale. The
Sooners last appeared in the Sweet 16 in 2013. It will improve OU’s all-time mark against Washington to 3-2. A victory would also make Oklahoma the only team to beat Washington twice on its home floor in the last two seasons.

• OU will play the winner of No. 2 seed Mississippi State and No. 7 DePaul on Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.

• The Sooners will have 24 victories, matching their most wins in one season since 2012-13.


QUICK HITS


• The Sooners are 6-3 all-time when playing in the state of Washington. OU is 1-1 when playing in the NCAA Tournament in the Evergreen State.

• OU is 0-1 against Pac 12 Conference opponents this season, falling to California, 82-74, in Las Vegas, Nev., on Dec. 20. The Sooners are 35-32 all-time against current members of the Pac 12 (3-6 in the NCAA Tournament).

• The Sooners are 2-5 this season against AP top-25 teams. OU's last NCAA Tournament win over a top 25 team in a road/neutral site came in 2013 when the Sooners defeated then No. 11/12 UCLA in Columbus, Ohio.

• OU is 7-4 in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 6 seed. The Sooners are 10-6 in the second round.

• The Sooners hit 10 3-pointers in their first-round win over Gonzaga, just one shy of tying its season high. Six different players made at least one trey against the Bulldogs.

• The Sooners have recorded 185 blocks this season, which ranks as the fifth most in OU single-season history. Vionise PIerre-Louis (67) and Nancy Mulkey (61) have combined for 128 of OU's 185 rejections.

• Oklahoma has won its 22 games by an average of 14.4 points per game. The Sooners are averaging a .434 field goal and .355 3-point shooting percentage in its victories this season.

• OU's .736 mark at the foul line currently ranks as the eighth-best free throw percentage in school single season history. It would be the best clip from the foul line since the Sooners posted a .748 free throw percentage during the 2013-14 season. This season, the Sooners rank second in the Big 12 in free throw percentage.

• OU has won 30 straight games when it wins the rebounding and turnover margin against its opponent.

• The Sooners are 19-0 this season when limiting their opponents to 70 points or fewer.

• The Sooners are not short on experience this season. Entering Monday's game, OU's roster boasts 411 career starts among 11 players who have made at least one career appearance in the Sooners' starting five. The foursome of Gioya Carter, Peyton Little, Maddie Manning and Gabbi Ortiz have combined to make 323 starts between them.

• The Sooners have been ranked in the AP Poll for 40 consecutive weeks (tied for the 10th-longest active streak in the country). OU has been ranked in the AP poll 261 times in the Coale era.


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