Sooners Take Down Kansas, 72-52

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma


LAWRENCE, Kan. — Five Sooners scored in double figures, led by Gabbi Ortiz's 16 points, as OU topped Kansas, 72-52, inside Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday.

The Sooners (13-12, 8-6 Big 12) won their sixth straight game over the Jayhawks (11-13, 2-11) as OU shot .519 from the field and .438 from beyond the arc. Ortiz knocked down three 3-pointers and tied her season high with five assists. The senior finished 5-of-9 from the floor and picked up two steals. 

Madde Manning poured in 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting in 36 minutes of action. The Ankeny, Iowa, native finished 3-of-5 from 3-point range, dished five assists and added one block in the victory.

For the 12th straight game, Vionise Pierre-Louis scored in double figures. The senior was limited in the first half due to foul trouble, but responded by scoring 10 of her 11 points in the game's final two quarters. Pierre-Louis also logged a team-high nine rebounds and posted two blocks.

Ijeoma Odimgbe provided the Sooners quality minutes off the bench, scoring a career-high 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Odimgbe pulled down six rebounds and collected two blocks. Ana Llanusa also finished in double figures, finishing with 10 points, four rebounds and two steals. 

OU led by eight points at halftime, but Kansas responded to open the second half with a 7-0 run to trim the Sooners' lead to 35-34. After a timeout, OU quickly regained momentum by putting together an 8-0 run to extend its lead. 

The Sooners finished strong offensively, knocking down 10 shots on 13 attempts in the final frame. Ortiz scored eight of her 16 points in the fourth quarter, hitting a 3-pointer from beyond the arc then completing a 3-point play at the free throw line to put the game away. 

Oklahoma limited Kansas to a .271 field goal percentage on 16-of-59 shooting while holding the Jayhawks to 3-of-22 (.136) from 3-point range. In the first quarter, OU's defense set the tone by forcing 11 Jayhawk turnovers and not allowing Kansas to make a field goal. KU's 16 field goals for the game were the fewest surrendered by the Sooners this season. 

The Sooners dominated scoring in the paint, 36-22, won the rebounding battle, 40-34, and finished with 15 assists. 

Christalah Lyons led Kansas with 16 points, while Briana Osorio and Austin Richardson had 11 apiece. 

The Sooners wrap up their three-game Big 12 road swing at West Virginia next Saturday in Morgantown, W. Va. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. CT. 

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