NORMAN – For the second time in the last four seasons, the Oklahoma women’s basketball team will compete in the Junkanoo Jam as the field and schedule for the event were released on Tuesday.
Oklahoma is one of eight teams competing in the 16th annual Junkanoo Jam, held Nov. 22-24, at Gateway Christian Academy in Bimini. The Sooners won the Reef Division of the event in 2015, defeating Boston College and Utah to earn the tournament title.
The Junkanoo Division features Clemson, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and UAB. Clemson and Tennessee will tip off the 2018 event Thursday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. CT, followed by UAB and Oklahoma at 4:15 p.m. CT. Losing teams will return to Gateway Christian Academy the following day to compete for third place with tipoff scheduled for 6:45 p.m CT. Winning teams will have a one-day respite before facing off in the division championship at 1 p.m. CT, Saturday, Nov. 24.
The Sooners enter the 2018-19 season after appearing in their 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament under head coach Sherri Coale. OU returns two starters from last year’s team that tied for third in the Big 12. Returning starters include sophomore guards Ana Llanusa and Shaina Pellington, who both earned All-Big 12 honorable mention selections and were named to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team. Pellington was also named the 2018 Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
OU also brings in the nation’s No. 9 recruiting class according to ProspectNation.com.
All games will stream live at www.FloHoops.com. To access the live event coverage and replays of the Junkanoo Jam, users must sign up to become FloPRO subscribers on www.FloHoops.com.
Teams and fans will stay at the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini, the official partner of the Junkanoo Jam. Built in 2016, the resort features eight restaurants and bars, three pools, a casino with a sports book, snorkeling, big game fishing, and is located less than a 10-minute walk from the game site at Gateway Christian Academy.
Located just 50 miles off Florida’s coast, Bimini is the closest Bahamian island to the United States, boasting miles of pristine beaches. Known as Ernest Hemingway’s favorite escape, Bimini showcases the history and culture of the Caribbean. Visitors from around the world travel to Bimini to enjoy its warm weather, expansive beaches, and crystal-clear waters.
For more information about the 2018 Junkanoo Jam and to purchase fan packages, visit www.junkanoojam.com.
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