Sooners Face No. 10 Oregon at PK80 Invitational

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 24, 2017

Oklahoma
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10/10 Oregon
November 25 | 4:30 p.m. | Eugene, Ore.

SATURDAY'S GAME BASICS

The Sooners continue their three-game road swing at the PK80 Invitational as OU faces No. 10/10 Oregon on its home floor Saturday at 4:30 p.m. CT in Eugene, Ore.

ON THE AIR

Saturday's game will be broadcasted on the Pac 12 Networks. Fans can watch online here. The contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network with Brian Brinkley and McKenna Treece calling the action.


FIVE THINGS TO KNOW

• Oklahoma takes on No. 10/10 Oregon in the PK80 Invitational at Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday. The PK80 Invitational honors Nike co-founder, who will celebrate is 80th birthday in February. The matchup features two of the nation's prolific offenses. The Sooners rank seventh in the country at 92.2 points per game, while Oregon is 26th at 85.2 points a contest.

• OU's senior class of Vionise Pierre-Louis Maddie Manning, Gabbi Oritz and LaNesia Williams has led OU's high-powered offensive attack. The quartet has combined to average 58.5 points and 25.5 rebounds per game, while shooting .478 from the field and .458 from deep. Manning, Ortiz and Pierre-Louis are OU's top three scorers so far this season with all three averaging at least 15.8 points a contest.

• Vionise Pierre-Louis leads OU in scoring and rebounding through four games to begin the 2017-18 season, averaging a double-double at 17.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. The senior is second in the country in field goal percentage at .781 and recorded double-doubles in OU's first two contests to open the season.

• Over the last two games, Gabbi Ortiz has paced the Sooners' offense. The senior is 11-of-21 (.545) from 3-point range and averaging 19.0 points and 5.5 rebounds a contest. Ortiz is the 10th OU player to make at least five 3-pointers in back-to back games and the first since Peyton Little made five treys in consecutive games against Baylor and TCU during the 2014-15 season. Ortiz has made at least two shots from beyond the arc in every game this year.

• The Sooners have started strong in all four games to begin the year, averaging 45.0 points per contest in the first half. OU boasts a +12.5 scoring margin against opponents through the first two quarters, while shooting .475 from the floor and .442 from beyond the arc.


GAME FOUR RECAP: COLORADO STATE

• Oklahoma opened its three-game road swing with a dominant performance, earning a 78-46 victory over Colorado State inside Moby Arena on Tuesday. OU's defense held the Rams to a season-low .304 field goal percentage and four 3-pointers. Gabbi Ortiz led the Sooners with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting, tying her career high with six treys.

• The Sooners used a 21-2 run over the span of two quarters to build their advantage. Ortiz caught fire from deep, hitting four of her six triples to open the second half.

• Maddie Manning added 13 points to pick up her ninth straight game in doubles figures dating back to last season. Manning finished 3-of-6 from the field with two treys, while recording five rebounds and two assists. Shaina Pellington provided 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting off the bench along with four assists, while freshman Ana Llanusa recorded 11 points, six rebounds and two steals in 24 minutes of action.

Gabbi Ortiz

Gabbi Ortiz is shooting .545 from 3-point range over the last two games. OU leads the Big 12 with 9.0 made treys per game this year. 

PREVIEWING OREGON

• Fresh off a run to the Elite Eight in 2017, Oregon returns all five starters from last year's squad. The Ducks rank third in the NCAA in total assists (43), 10th in field goal percentage (.503) and 26th in scoring offense (85.2). Oregon is under the direction of fourth-year head coach Kelly Graves, who is 64-43 with the Ducks.

• Sophomore Sabrina Ionescu is the nation's active leader with six career triple-doubles and needs just one more to tie the NCAA mark. Ionescu is seventh in Division I with 7.4 assists per game, while averaging 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds a contest. Sophomore Ruthy Hebard is seventh in the country with a .721 field goal percentage. She leads the Ducks in scoring (16.2 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg).


DOMINANCE IN THE POST

• Vionise Pierre-Louis leads the Sooners in scoring (17.3) and rebounding (10.0) through four games. Pierre-Louis' has been efficient by posting a .781 field goal percentage, which ranks second in Division I.

• The Lake Worth, Fla., native has scored in double figures three times in the first four games. Pierre-Louis recorded back-to-back double-doubles with 20-plus points to begin the season.


MORE MADDIE

• Maddie Manning's move to the point guard position seems to be paying off. Through four games, Manning is averaging 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

• The Ankeny, Iowa, native boasts a .450 3-point percentage this season and has made a triple in 16 straight games dating back to last season. Manning's streak of consecutive games with a made trey ranks fifth in school history.


UP NEXT

OU wraps up its three-game road swing at Little Rock on Tuesday night. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. CT inside Jack Stephens Center. The Sooners have won the last two meetings against the Trojans.

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