NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma freshman guard Jordan Woodard was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Monday following his performance in the Sooners' 101-91 win over Tulsa on Saturday.
Woodard, a 6-0, 185-pound point guard from Aracadia, Okla., registered career highs of 24 points and eight assists against the Golden Hurricane. He tied a career high with three rebounds and added a steal.
Amazingly, Woodard tallied his 24 points despite attempting only four field goals (made three). He scored 17 points at the free throw line on a school-record-tying 22 attempts.
The game featured a brother vs. brother matchup, with Tulsa sophomore James Woodard scoring a team-high 19 points. Their older sister, Jasmyne Walker, performed the national anthem before the game.
Woodard's newcomer-of-the-week honor was the third by a Sooner this season. Sophomore forward Ryan Spangler was recognized Nov. 11 and Dec. 9 with the same award.
On the season, Woodard is averaging 11.9 points and a team-high 4.9 assists per game. He ranks fifth in the Big 12 in assists (first among freshmen and sophomores) and fourth with his 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Woodard’s shooting percentages and scoring numbers are up significantly over the last two-and-a-half weeks. In OU’s first five games, he averaged 8.6 points on .270 field goal and .182 (2-for-11) 3-point shooting. In five games since, he is averaging 15.2 points on .536 field goal and .700 (7-for-10) 3-point shooting.
The 9-1 Sooners have two games this week. OU hosts UT Arlington on Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT at Lloyd Noble Center before playing Texas A&M on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT in Houston, Texas, in a Big 12-SEC Challenge contest.