Sooners Blow Past Bulldogs
|Points||H. Tucker - 22||A. Llanusa - 22|
|Rebounds||B. Franks - 6||V. Pierre-Louis - 11|
|Assists||Three players - 1||S. Pellington - 5|
|Steals||Three players - 1||Two players - 4|
|Blocks||n/a||V. Pierre-Louis - 4|
NORMAN – No. 22/21 Oklahoma women’s basketball closed its exhibition slate with a 109-65 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State on Tuesday at Lloyd Noble Center.
“One of the things that we wanted to focus on in this game was ball security,” OU head coach Sherri Coale said. “We had 17 turnovers in the first exhibition, so much better tonight with only eight. We scored a lot of points. We had a lot of guys get in on the action.”
Six Sooners scored in double figures, led by 22 points from freshman Ana Llanusa off the bench. The Choctaw, Okla., native shot 9-of-17 from the field to follow up Friday’s 20-point performance against Central Oklahoma. The freshman scored 13 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter.
Graduate student Maddie Manning totaled 20 points, four rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists while fellow senior Vionise Pierre-Louis collected 18 points, 11 boards and four blocks.
“(Maddie) asserted herself. I think sometimes she allows others to get involved and tries too hard. It makes things a little difficult because she’s trying so hard to get other people involved early in the game. She needs to make the defense stop her and then she can play off of that all that she wants. I thought she did that tonight.”
Senior Gabbi Ortiz recorded 14 points, five rebounds and four steals in 30 minutes of action, while freshman Shaina Pellington poured in 12 points and picked up a game-high five assists. Junior forward Ijeoma Odimgbe provided 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting, eight rebounds and two blocks.
The Sooners shot 38-for-77 (.494) from the field while limiting the Bulldogs to .294 shooting (20-for-68). OU also outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs, 52-38, recorded eight blocked shots and finished with just eight turnovers.
In the first quarter, OU got off to a quick start by shooting .529 (9-of-17) from the floor in the opening frame. Manning scored 18 of her 20 points in the first half as the Sooners took a 56-31 lead at the break.
For the second straight game, Llanusa found her groove in the second half as the Choctaw, Okla., native collected 15 points in the game’s final 20 minutes. The freshman hit three triples and corralled three rebounds against SWOSU.
OU opens the regular season on Friday at 7 p.m. CT against Belmont at Lloyd Noble Center. Oklahoma will 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.
OU’s season-opener will be streamed on SoonerSports.tv. Tickets for Friday night’s game are available for $5 at the OU Athletics Ticket Office or by clicking here.