OU Wraps Up Road Swing at Little Rock Tuesday
TUESDAY'S GAME BASICS
The Sooners wrap up their three-game road swing at Little Rock on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT inside Jack Stephens Center. OU has won the last two meetings against the Trojans and lead the all-time series, 6-1.
ON THE AIR
Tuesday's game will be streamed on LRTrojans.com. The contest will also air on the Sooner Radio Network with Brian Brinkley and McKenna Treece calling the action.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Oklahoma wraps up its three-game road swing on Tuesday at Little Rock. OU leads the all-time series, 6-1, and has won the last two meetings against the Trojans. Tuesday's matchup features two of the nation's best free throwing shooting teams: OU is 15th in Division I in free throws made (102) and is averaging 20.2 makes per game, while Little Rock is 10th in the country with a .804 free throw percentage.
• OU's senior class of Maddie Manning, Gabbi Oritz, Vionise Pierre-Louis and LaNesia Williams has led OU's high-powered offensive attack. The quartet has combined to average 58.0 points and 24.8 rebounds per game, while shooting .454 from the field and .384 from deep. Manning, Ortiz and Pierre-Louis are OU's top three scorers so far this season with all three averaging at least 14.0 points a contest.
• Vionise Pierre-Louis leads OU in scoring and rebounding through five games to begin the 2017-18 season, averaging a double-double at 20.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. The senior is fifth in the country in field goal percentage at .712 after scoring a season-high 32 points and pulling down 13 rebounds at No. 10/10 Oregon last Saturday.
• Maddie Manning is the only Sooner to score in double figures during the first five games of this season. The Ankeny, Iowa, native has scored 10-plus points in 10 straight games and 15 times in the last 16 contests dating back to last season. Manning is second on the team in scoring (17.0 ppg) and rebounding (5.8 rpg).
• Despite finishing just 1-for-21 from 3-point range in Saturday's game at Oregon, the Sooners still rank third in the Big 12 with 7.4 3-pointers made per game. OU will look to get back on track from deep against Little Rock as the Trojans rank 322nd in Divison I in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.351).
GAME FIVE RECAP: OREGON
• Oklahoma battled back and forth against No. 10 Oregon, but could not overcome the Ducks' hot shooting performance as the Sooners fell 92-74 at Matthew Knight Arena in the PK80 Invitational. Vionise Pierre-Louis scored a season-high 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting and recorded 13 rebounds to earn her 13th career double-double. Maddie Manning added in 17 points, while Ana Llanusa finished in double figures for the fourth straight game, tying a season-high with 12 points.
• Pierre-Louis scored 17 of her 32 points in the first half, but the Ducks hit seven treys to take a 14-point lead at intermission. The Sooners cut the deficit down to 61-51 late in the third quarter by forcing seven Oregon turnovers, but the Ducks responded with four points to close the frame. Pierre-Louis' 32-point performance marked her second career game scoring 30-plus points and it is the most points scored by the senior in a regulation game during her OU career. The senior has picked up double-doubles in three of the first five games of the season for the Sooners.
• Oregon finished with a .528 (.38-of-72) clip from the field, while OU shot .348 (24-of-69). Both teams pulled down 41 rebounds apiece, while the Sooners recorded 11 steals. OU made 25-of-34 attempts at the free throw line, but finished just 1-of-21 from 3-point range. Oregon finished 10-of-23 (.435) from deep as Sabrina Ionescu led the Ducks with 28 points.
Ana Llanusa tied her season high with 12 points at Oregon in 27 minutes of action off the bench.
PREVIEWING LITTLE ROCK
• Sun Belt member Little Rock enters Tuesday's contest with a 1-3 record after falling on the road to Rice, 58-51. The Trojans are averaging 61.8 points per game and are shooting .396 from the field, .308 from beyond the arc and .804 at the free throw line. Little Rock has made nine postseason appearances in the last 10 seasons, including four berths in the NCAA Tournament.
• Kyra Collier and Ronjanae DeGray lead the Trojans in scoring at 11.8 points per game apiece, respectively. Tori Lasker also averages 10.8 points a contest for Little Rock and is shooting .409 from 3-point range.
• Little Rock is led by head coach Joe Foley, who is a three-time Sun Belt Coach of the Year. He has led the Trojans to
Sun Belt tournament titles in 2011, 2012 and 2015. Foley holds a career record of 746-237 and has a 290-156
mark in his 15 seasons at Little Rock.
• Oklahoma is 6-1 all-time against Little Rock with three of the seven meetings coming over the last three seasons. Tuesday's contest is just the third meeting between the Sooners and Trojans in Little Rock with both teams splitting the two previous matchups.
• In last year's matchup in Norman, OU earned 68-58 win over the Trojans as Peyton Little scored a game-high 17 points and hit three treys to lead the Sooners. Vionise Pierre-Louis collected a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds in 29 minutes of action.
DOMINANCE IN THE POST
• Vionise Pierre-Louis leads the Sooners in scoring (20.2) and rebounding (10.3) through five games. Pierre-Louis' has been efficient by posting a .712 field goal percentage, which ranks fifth in Division I. The senior's 10.3 rebounds per game also led the Big 12.
• The Lake Worth, Fla., native has scored in double figures four times in the first five games. Pierre-Louis' 32 points at Oregon last Saturday were just one shy of tying her career high (33 vs. West Virginia, 2017) and were the most scored by the senior in regulation during her OU career.
• Pierre-Louis has recorded three double-doubles so far this season and has 13 for her career. She needs four more double-doubles to tie Etta Maytubby (17, 1993-96) for tenth place all-time in school history.
• Oklahoma is 24-6 against current members of the Sun Belt Conference.
• Vionise Pierre-Louis' 53 rebounds through five games are the most by an OU player since Courtney Paris recorded 70 in the same amount of games to open the 2008-09 season.
• The Sooners set season highs with 25 made free throws and 34 free throw attempts at Oregon. The Sooners have been consistent at getting to the foul line - OU is 15th in Division I in free throws made (102) and 19th in free throw attempts (148).
• 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.
• The Sooners tied a program record for most 3-point attempts in a half with 19 against SMU on Nov 17. OU knocked down nine triples in the opening two quarters, which was also one shy of tying a school record.
• OU has scored 20-plus points in 15 of 20 quarters during regulation this season (scored at least 18 points in 17 of 20 quarters).
• Oklahoma’s non-conference schedule includes matchups against five NCAA Tournament teams from last season (Belmont, DePaul, Oregon, UConn and South Dakota State). Nine of the Sooners' 11 non-conference opponents made postseason appearances last year.
OU returns home on Sunday to face Florida for the Big 12/SEC Challenge inside Lloyd Noble Center. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma +.