Final Exhibition Set for Tuesday Night
TUESDAY'S GAME BASICS
The Sooners play their final exhibition game as they host Southwestern Oklahoma State on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT at Lloyd Noble Center. Oklahoma is 30-0 in exhibition contests since 2000. The Sooners defeated Central Oklahoma, 86-64, in their first exhibition Friday night.
OU is beginning its 22nd season under head coach Sherri Coale and finished 23-10 last year. Southwestern Oklahoma State is coming off a 20-10 season under head coach Kelsi Musick.
ON THE AIR
Tuesday's game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest + with Chad McKee, Bryndon Manzer and Megan McDonald announcing. The contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network with Brian Brinkley and McKenna Treece calling the action.
Tickets are available for $5 at the OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668) and online here. Lloyd Noble Center's north and east ticket windows will open at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. OU students will be admitted free with a valid school I.D.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• No. 22/21 Oklahoma plays its final exhibition game as it hosts Division-II member Southwestern Oklahoma State. Tip-off is slated for 6:30 p.m. CT from Lloyd Noble Center. The contest will air on Fox Sports Southwest + with Chad McKee, Bryndon Manzer and Megan McDonald calling the action.
• OU's freshman trio Ana Llanusa, Shaina Pellington and Mandy Simpson shined during the Sooners' 86-64 exhibition win Friday over Central Oklahoma. Llanusa led the Sooners in scoring with 20 points off the bench, while Simpson corralled 17 rebounds (12 offensive boards) against the Bronchos. Pellington added nine points and dished a team-high six assists off the bench.
• The Sooners completed the 2016-17 season with a 23-10 overall record (13-5 Big 12; third place) and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament (No. 6 seed) for the 18th consecutive year. The Sooners return three starters from last year's squad: graduate student guard Maddie Manning (12.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg); senior guard Gabbi Ortiz (8.9 ppg, 3.7 apg) and senior center Vionise Pierre-Louis (11.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg).
• Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale begins her 22nd year at the helm of the OU program. Coale has a 465-227 (.672) record at OU and has led the Sooners to three Final Four appearances, four Big 12 Tournament titles and six Big 12 regular season championships.
• The Sooners enter the season ranked in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Poll. The Sooners check in at No. 21 in the USA Today Preseason Poll. OU is No. 22 in the Associated Press Poll. The Sooners have been ranked in the AP Poll for 39 consecutive weeks (tied for the 10th-longest active streak in the country).
MOST EXPERIENCED TRIO IN THE BIG 12
• OU's Maddie Manning, Gabbi Ortiz and Vionise Pierre-Louis enter the 2017-18 season as the most experienced trio in the Big 12 Conference.
• Manning, Ortiz and Pierre-Louis have combined to play in 295 games and score 2,448 points. Manning and Ortiz have played in 99 career games, while Pierre-Louis has made 97 career appearances.
• All three are on the verge of crossing the 1,000-point plateau for their OU careers. Manning has scored 837 career points, followed by 824 by Pierre-Louis. Ortiz has registered 787 career points during her first three seasons at OU.
Mandy Simpson recorded 17 rebounds against Central Oklahoma, including 12 offensive boards.
• OU’s signing class of Ana Llanusa, Shaina Pellington and Mandy Simpson made their debut Friday versus Central Oklahoma and they did not disappoint. Llanusa led the Sooners in scoring with 20 points off the bench, while Simpson recorded 12 offensive rebounds and 17 boards. Llanusa is the first OU freshman to score 20 points in an exhibition game since Courtney Paris and Ashley Paris finished with 25 and 20 points, respectively, against Oklahoma Christian in 2005. Simpson's 17 rebounds were also the most by an OU freshman in an exhibition since Ashley Paris (23 rebounds) and Courtney Paris (18 rebounds) debuted against Oklahoma Christian.
• The top-ranked player in Oklahoma, Llanusa was rated as the No. 3 guard/No. 20 overall by Prospect Nation and the No. 8 guard/No. 32 overall by ESPN HoopGurlz. The Choctaw, Okla., native finished her career as the all-time leading scorer in Oklahoma state tournament history after guiding Choctaw High School to the 2017 state championship.
• Pellington brings a wealth of international basketball experience to OU’s roster after guiding Canada to a bronze medal at the FIBA U19 World Cup over the summer. The Dunbarton, Ontario, native started six games at the FIBA U19 World Cup, averaging 8.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest.
• The first player from the state of Idaho to sign with the Sooners, Simpson quickly caught the eye of OU’s staff as a fearless rebounder. At Boise High School, Simpson was a two-time first-team all-state selection and recorded a double-double with 16.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per contest.
PREVIEWING SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE
• Southwestern Oklahoma finished the 2016-17 season with a 23-10 record and 15-7 mark in Great American Conference play. The Lady Bulldogs are led by head coach Kelsi Musick, who is in her ninth season. The Lady Bulldogs participated in the 2017 NCAA Division II Tournament, advancing to the Elite Eight.
• The Lady Bulldogs were picked fourth in the Great American Conference preseason poll. Junior guard Hailey Tucker, the 2017 GAC Player of the Year, returns after averaging 18.6 points a game last season.
• OU opens the regular season on Friday at 7 p.m. CT against Belmont at Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners have won 18 out of their last 19 home openers at Lloyd Noble Center dating back to the 1999-00 season. OU is 33-7 all-time in home openers.
• When the Sooners face Belmont on Nov. 10, OU will also honor the jersey of Courtney Paris during a ceremony at halftime. Paris, the first four-time AP All-American in women's basketball history, led OU to three Big 12 regular season titles, two Big 12 Tournament titles and to the 2009 Final Four. She finished her career as the program's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, while setting the NCAA record with 112 consecutive games with a double-double.