Sooners Host No. 5 Baylor Sunday
SUNDAY'S GAME BASICS
The Sooners (8-8, 3-2 Big 12) return home to face No. 5/5 Baylor (14-1, 4-0 Big 12) on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT inside Lloyd Noble Center. The Lady Bears have won the last five meetings against the Sooners with OU's last win coming at home on Feb. 21, 2015. The Sooners lead the all-time series, 26-25, and are 11-10 against Baylor in Norman. Baylor is the third ranked opponent the Sooners have faced this season at home and the sixth top 25 foe OU has played overall.
ON THE AIR
Sunday's game will be televised on Fox Sports 1 with Dave Raymond and Brenda VanLengen on the call. The contest will also air on the Sooner Radio Network with Brian Brinkley and McKenna Treece calling the action.
Tickets are available for $10 at the OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668) and online here. Lloyd Noble Center's north and east ticket windows will open at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. OU students will be admitted free with a valid school I.D.
Fans can purchase a ticket to OU's games against Baylor for just $10 and receive a free t-shirt. Enter the code "TSHIRT" here to purchase your seats today. Sunday's game will also be Military Appreciaton Day at Lloyd Noble Center.
Fans are also encouraged to bring school supplies to benefit Norman Public Schools.
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School supply drive at @OU_MBBall & @OU_WBBall this weekend!
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FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Oklahoma and Baylor meet for the 52th time on Sunday as the Sooners look to snap a five-game losing streak to the Lady Bears. OU leads the all-time series, 26-25, and is 11-10 against Baylor in Norman (box scores/cumulative stats from last year's two meetings are on page 25 of these notes).
• Sunday's game marks the sixth time through 17 games that OU has faced a ranked opponent. The Sooners are 1-4 against top-25 foes this season with their victory coming on Dec. 9 against then No. 16 South Florida. OU has defeated a top 10 in each of the last three seasons at Lloyd Noble Center.
• OU has scored at least 78 points in seven of its eight home games this season. The Sooners are averaging 86.5 points per
contest and shooting .496 from the field and .356 from beyond the arc over their last four home games. Maddie Manning (14.7), Vionise Pierre-Louis (14.4) and Gabbi Ortiz (14.3) are all averaging at least 14.0 points per game their home court this season.
• The Sooners have stepped up their pressure on defense during Big 12 play lead the league with 11.0 steals per game against conference foes. OU tallied 15 steals and forced 27 turnovers during Wednesday's victory at Texas Tech. Maddie Manning's eight steals against the Lady Raiders are tied for the most by a Big 12 player in a game this season. Manning and Gabbi Ortiz lead the conference with 3.0 steals a game during Big 12 play.
• OU's freshman duo of Ana Llanusa and Shaina Pellington are two of the top three scorers among Big 12 freshmen so far this season. Pellington is first among Big 12 freshmen at 12.5 points per game, while Llanusa is third at 11.6 points a contest. Llanusa has scored in double figures in 10 games this season, which ranks second among Big 12 freshmen.
GAME 16 RECAP: TEXAS TECH
• Senior center Vionise Pierre-Louis finished with 22 points and eight rebounds as Oklahoma used a strong defensive effort to defeat Texas Tech, 73-52, on Wednesday inside United Supermarkets Arena. Pierre-Louis recorded her third 20-point scoring game of the season on 10-of-13 shooting as OU outscored the Lady Raiders, 48-32, in the paint. Ana Llanusa added 12 points and picked up four rebounds, while Maddie Manning filled the stat sheet with nine points, 10 rebounds and a season-high eight steals.
• After grabbing a 39-29 lead at halftime, the Sooners put the game way by holding Texas Tech to just eight points in the third quarter, the fewest allowed by Oklahoma in one quarter this season. OU used a 9-0 run out of the locker room to extend their lead to 47-29, forcing Texas Tech to burn a timeout. Pierre-Louis scored 13 of her 22 points in the second half as OU continued to dominate offensively in the post.
• OU's defense forced a season-high 15 steals and forced 27 Texas Tech turnovers, while limiting the Lady Raiders to just .388 field goal shooting and a .182 clip from 3-point range on their home floor.
• Shaina Pellington and Mandy Simpson each scored eight points for the Sooners, while Gabbi Ortiz recorded seven and dished a team-high five assists. Ortiz became the 35th player in school history to join the 1,000-point club, knocking down two free throws in the second quarter to accomplish the feat.
Ana Llanusa has scored 10-plus points in 10 games this season, which ranks second among Big 12 freshman,
• Baylor enters Sunday's game leading the nation in scoring offense (92.1), field goal percentage defense (.307), scoring margin (+37.1) and defensive rebounds per game (34.0). The Lady Bears are also second nationally in assists per game (22.8), fifth in blocked shots per game (6.8) and sixth in scoring defense (54.1). Baylor is shooting .523 (first in the Big 12) from the field, .410 (first) from beyond the arc and .694 (sixth) at the free throw line.
• Junior center Kalani Brown ranks first in Division I with a .723 field goal percentage and leads the Lady Bears averaging 21.5 points per game (ranks second in the Big 12 and 15th in the nation). Sophomore forward Lauren Cox leads Baylor with 8.9 rebounds per game and is second on the team in scoring with 15.1 points per contest. Cox also ranks second in the Big 12 with 2.4 blocked shots a game.
• Senior guard Kristy Wallace is averaging 10.5 points per game and ranks sixth in the Big 12 with 5.3 assists a game. Senior forward Dekeyia Cohen is also averaging doubles figures in scoring with 10.4 points per contest.
• Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey is 520-96 in her 18 seasons with the Lady Bears. Mulkey has led the Lady Bears to two NCAA titles (2005 and 2012) and three Final Four appearances.
PLAYING THE BEST
• Sunday's game marks the sixth ranked opponent that the Sooners have faced this season. The tough schedule has paid off as OU ranks third in the country in strength of schedule behind UConn and Notre Dame.
• OU is 1-4 against ranked foes this season and 1-1 at home. The Sooners upset No. 16 South Florida on Dec. 9 behind 31 points from Gabbi Ortiz.
• The Sooners have beaten a top 10 opponent at home in each of the last three seasons: No. 3 Baylor (2015) and No. 6 Texas (2016, 2017).
• Ortiz leads OU averaging 16.2 points per game and is shooting .486 from deep against ranked opponents this year. Vionise Pierre-Louis (12.8), Maddie Manning (12.6) and Ana Llanusa (12.2) are all averaging at least 12.0 points per game against top 25 teams during the 2017-18 season.
THE CLUB KEEPS GROWING
• At Texas Tech, Gabbi Ortiz became the 35th Sooner to reach the 1,000-point plateau for her career. Its the third time in the last four games that an OU player has joined the 1,000-point club. Maddie Manning scored her 1,000th career point at Iowa State (Dec. 31), while Vionise Pierre-Louis accomplished the feat against TCU (Jan. 4).
• Ten players have reached the 1,000-point mark for their OU careers in the last six seasons. Those players are: Whitney Hand (2012-13), Aaryn Ellenberg (2013-14), Morgan Hook (2013-14), Nicole Griffin (2013-14) and Sharane Campbell-Olds (2014-15), Kaylon Williams (2015-16), Peyton Little (2016-17), Maddie Manning (2017-18), Gabbi Ortiz (2017-18) and Vionise Pierre-Louis (2017-18).
The Sooners travel to Kansas State on Wednesday with tip-off set for 7 p.m. CT on ESPN3. OU leads the all-time series, 37-26, but has lost the last two matchups in Manhattan.