Sooners Back Home to Face Central Arkansas

Athletics Communications
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University of Oklahoma

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Dec. 5 | 7 p.m. | Norman, Okla.

WEDNESDAY'S GAME BASICS

Oklahoma (2-5) returns home for the first time since Nov. 15 as it hosts Central Arkansas (4-2) on Wednesday night. The matchup marks the first meeting between the Sooners and Sugar Bears since 2007. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT.

OU has won seven straight games inside Lloyd Noble Center dating back to last season. 

ON THE AIR

Wednesday's game will be televised on the Fox Sports Southwest + with Chad McKee (play-by-play), Dan Hughes (analyst) and Megan McDonald (sideline) on the call. The contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network with Brian Brinkley calling the action.

TICKETS

Tickets are available for $8 at the OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668) and online here. Lloyd Noble Center's north and east ticket windows will open at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. OU students will be admitted free with a valid school I.D.

The first 250 fans in attendance will receive a free an Oklahoma women's basketball pennant for #WaybackWednesday.


FIVE THINGS TO KNOW

• Oklahoma returns home for the first time since Nov. 15 as the Sooners host Central Arkansas on Wednesday. OU has won seven straight games at Lloyd Noble Center dating back to Jan. 20, 2018. The Sooners are 1-0 all-time against the Sugar Bears.

• Oklahoma's top six scorers are in their first or second year of Division I basketball. Four of the six are freshmen. Freshman guard Taylor Robertson ranks second nationally among Division I freshmen with 19.6 points per game this season. Robertson, along with freshmen Madi Williams and Jessi Murcer all rank inside the top 15 in the Big 12 in points per game.

• Freshman guard Taylor Robertson has knocked down 36 3-pointers, which is the second-most treys hit by a single player in the country this season. She also ranks second nationally with 5.14 3-pointers per contest. The freshman has scored at least 20 points in four of OU's seven games this year and already ranks ninth on the Sooners' freshman record list for 3-pointers made in a single-season. The McPherson, Kan., native was named Big 12 Freshman of the Week on Monday for the third time this season after averaging 25.0 points per game and hitting 14 3-pointers in last week's games at New Mexico and Auburn.

• Freshman guard/forward Madi Williams is one of three Big 12 players to average a double-double so far this season. Williams is averaging 13.6 points and 11.1 rebounds per contest through seven games this year. Williams is fourth nationally in rebounding among freshmen. The Fort Worth, Texas, native finished with 10 points and a season-high 16 rebounds at Auburn on Sunday.

• The Sooners have committed 30 more turnovers than their opponents during their five-game losing streak. Foes have outscored OU, 121-75, in points off turnovers during that stretch. The Sooners have also allowed opponents to make 10.4 3-pointers per game during the last five contests.


PREVIEWING CENTRAL ARKANSAS

• Central Arkansas enters the contest with a 4-2 record after defeating Crowley's Ridge (NAIA), 91-33, in its last outing. The Sugar Bears have been one of the top defensive squads in the country over the last three seasons. Central Arkansas is limiting opponents to 46.0 points per game this season, which ranks second nationally.

• The Sugars Bears' defense is forcing 22.8 turnovers per game this season, a mark that is 25th in Division I. Central Arkansas is also one of the top offensive rebounding teams in the nation, averaging 19.0 offensive boards per game (ranks seventh in the NCAA).

• Senior guard Kamry Orr leads the Sugar Bears in scoring and is the only player that averages doubles figure at 12.5 points per game. Hannah Langhi has a team-best .526 field goal percentage and is averaging 8.0 points per game.

• The Sugar Bears are led by head coach Sandra Rush, who has a 133-62 record at Central Arkansas. Rushing led Central Arkansas to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in 2016 and 2017.


Taylor Robertson

Taylor Robertson already ranks ninth on OU's freshman record list for made 3-pointers. 

GAME SEVEN RECAP: AUBURN

• Oklahoma closed out its five-game road swing on Sunday falling to Auburn, 95-79, inside Auburn Arena in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The Sooners knocked down 10 3-pointers and were led by a season-high 27 points from Taylor Robertson, but it would not be enough as the Tigers hit a school record 13 treys against Oklahoma.

• Robertson finished with seven 3-pointers for the third time this season on 9-of-18 shooting. The freshman has 15 triples in the last two games, tying a school record. Jessi Murcer scored in double figures for the fifth time this season, finishing with 15 points off the bench on 5-of-9 shooting. Shaina Pellington added 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Madi Williams picked up her second double-double of the season, recording 10 points and logging a season-high 16 rebounds in 38 minutes.

• OU jumped out to a 24-17 after the opening frame, but the Sooners were outscored by a 27-6 margin by Auburn in the second quarter. The Sooners cut the Auburn lead down to 54-49 midway through the third quarter, but the Tigers answered with a pair of 3-pointers to push their lead back to double figures.

• Daisa Alexander led the Tigers with 19 points as one of five Auburn players in double figures. Robin Benton, Crystal Primm and Unique Thompson each added 14 points for the Tigers. OU finished with a .459 field goal percentage and posted a .435 clip from beyond the arc. The Sooners hit at least 10 3-pointers for the fourth time this season. Auburn was 36-of-74 (.486) from the floor and finished 13-of-29 (.448) from 3-point range.


TRACKING T-ROB

• Taylor Robertson has quickly made her mark as one of the top 3-point shooters in the country so far this season. She has also won Big 12 Freshman of the Week three times in the first four weeks of the season.

• Through seven games, Robertson has four 20-point scoring games. The freshman finished with a career-high 27 points at Auburn on Sunday. Robertson has knocked down seven 3-pointers in back-to-back games, the first Sooner to accomplish that feat.

• Robertson has made at least two 3-pointers in seven straight games to start the season, the second-best streak in school history (Aaryn Ellenberg made multiple 3-pointers in nine straight games to begin the 2010-11 season). Robertson ranks second nationally in 3-pointers per game (5.14) and in 3-point field goals made (36).

• Robertson's eight 3-pointers against WKU in the Sooners' season opener set an OU single-game record for a freshman, besting the previous mark of seven held by Morgan Hook (Stephen F. Austin, 2010-11) and Derica Wyatt (UT-Arlington, 2013-14). Robertson's eight treys were one shy of tying the OU single-game record. The McPherson, Kan., native is just one of six players to make eight or more 3-pointers in a single game since 2000.

• Robertson already ranks ninth all-time on OU's freshman record list with 36 made 3-pointers. Ellenberg holds the OU freshman record with 94 treys in 2010-11.


OFFENSE SHOWS PROMISE

• Despite having one of the youngest starting lineups in the country, the Sooners have continued to be one of the nation's top offenses. OU is averaging 79.7 points per game this year, which is third in the Big 12 and 37th nationally.

• The Sooners are 34th in Division I in field goal percentage (.458). Oklahoma's up-tempo offense is also third in Division I in possessions per game (83.2).


UP NEXT

The Sooners host No. 20 DePaul on Sunday at 2 p.m. CT inside Lloyd Noble Center. Oklahoma and DePaul will meet for the third time in the last two seasons. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest.

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