Sooners Open Road Swing at Colorado State Tuesday
TUESDAY'S GAME BASICS
The No. 21/21 Sooners open a three-game road swing at Colorado State on Tuesday inside Moby Arena in Fort Collins, Colo. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. CT. The Sooners defeated the Rams, 70-55, in last year's matchup in Norman.
ON THE AIR
Tuesday's game will be streamed on CSURams.com. The contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network with Brian Brinkley and McKenna Treece calling the action.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Tuesday's matchup marks the fourth all-time meeting between Oklahoma and Colorado State in series history. The Sooners have won the previous two contests including last year's game in Norman, 70-55.
• Heading into Tuesday's game, the Sooners are ranked inside the top 50 nationally in five offensive categories. Oklahoma is seventh in free throws made (66), eighth in free throws attempted (92), 11th in scoring offense (97.0), 34th in field goal percentage (.485) and 42nd in 3-point shooting percentage (.397).
• Senior center Vionise Pierre-Louis leads OU in scoring and rebounding through three games to begin the 2017-18 season. Pierre-Louis finished with 14 points, six rebounds and two blocks in Friday's win over SMU, despite playing just 17 minutes. The senior is sixth in the country in field goal percentage at .793 and recorded double-doubles in OU's first two contests to open the season.
• OU's senior class of Pierre-Louis, Maddie Manning, Gabbi Oritz and LaNesia Williams has led OU's high-powered offensive attack. The quartet has combined to average 63.3 points and 25.0 rebounds per game, while shooting .466 from the field and .425 from deep. Manning, Ortiz and Pierre-Louis are OU's top three scorers so far this season with all three averaging at least 15.0 points a contest.
• The Sooners have started strong in all three games to begin the year, averaging 49.7 points per contest in the first half. OU boasts a +12.7 scoring margin against opponents through the first two quarters, while shooting .500 from the floor and .462 from beyond the arc. Manning is averaging 11.3 first-half points, while Ortiz has been on target from deep by recording a .583 3-point shooting percentage.
GAME THREE RECAP: SMU
• Gabbi Ortiz scored 20 points, Ana Llanusa hit two key 3-pointers down the stretch and No. 21 Oklahoma held on to defeat SMU, 87-75, on Friday night. Maddie Manning had a critical 3-point play and 18 points, Vionise Pierre-Louis added 14 points and Llanusa had 12 points on 4-of-6 3-point shooting for the Sooners.
• Oklahoma had a 16-point lead at the half but SMU closed within three points with a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter before the Sooners recovered.
• The Mustangs made it a four-point game on two free throws by Dai'ja Thomas with 3:45 to play. Llanusa quickly responded with a 3-pointer on a Manning assist before Manning turned a turnover into a 3-point play for a 76-66 lead at the 3:05 mark. Llanusa hit her final trey with just under a minute to play to restore the 10-point lead. Oklahoma tied the school record with 19 3-point attempt in the first half, making nine, one shy of the record for a half. That helped build a 45-29 halftime lead.
Freshman guard Ana Llanusa knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points in OU's win over SMU on Friday.
PREVIEWING COLORADO STATE
• Colorado State returns three starters and seven letterwinners from its squad that won the 2017 Mountain West regular season title. The Rams finished the 2016-17 season with a 25-9 overall record and a 15-3 mark in Mountain West play. Colorado State advanced to the second round of the 2017 WNIT, falling to UC Davis. The Rams are led by ninth-year head coach Ryun Williams, who is 117-47 at Colorado State.
• Freshman Lore Devos leads the Rams in scoring at 15.0 points per game, while redshirt senior Hannah Tvrdy is second on the squad with a 10.3 scoring average through three contests. Devos scored 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting in Colorado State's season opener versus Idaho. The Rams rank 24th in Division I in field goal percentage defense, limiting foes to a .317 clip.
TOE THE LINE
• Dating back to the 2016-17 season, Gabbi Ortiz has hit 30 straight shots at the charity stripe dating back to Feb. 11, 2017 at Texas Tech.
• Ortiz's streak is tied for the third-longest streak in program history and matches Danielle Robinson's streak of 30 consecutive free throws made during the 2008-09 season.
• Maddie Manning's move to the point guard position seems to be paying off. Through three games, Manning is averaging 18.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.
• One of the most versatile players in the country, Manning has the ability to play nearly anywhere on the floor for the Sooners. That was on display during Friday night's win over SMU, where she scored 18 points, led OU in rebounding with eight boards and dished a team-high five assists.
OU continues its three-game road swing as it travels to No. 10 Oregon on Saturday to for the PK80 Invitational. The game will tipoff at 4:30 p.m. CT and will be aired on the Pac 12 Network.