Red River Rivals Clash in Austin
WEDNESDAY'S GAME BASICS
Oklahoma (5-8, 1-1 Big 12) faces its fourth ranked opponent of the season as the Sooners take on No. 11/12 Texas (12-2, 2-0 Big 12) on Wednesday inside the Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. OU is searching for its first victory in Austin since Jan. 5, 2013.
ON THE AIR
Wednesday's game will be televised on the Longhorn Network with Alex Loeb (play-by-play) and Nell Fortner (analyst) on the call. The contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network (KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City; KREF 99.3 FM/1400 AM in Norman; TuneIn Radio App) with Chris Plank calling the action.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Oklahoma continues Big 12 play and heads to Austin, Texas, to face No. 11/12 Texas on Wednesday. The Longhorns lead the all-time series, 31-25, and are 16-8 against the Sooners in Austin. A win for OU would mark their first victory at the Erwin Center since Jan. 5, 2013.
• Freshman guard Taylor Robertson continues to lead the country with 4.32 3-pointers per game and ranks fourth nationally with 56 made 3-pointers this season. The freshman has scored at least 20 points in five of OU's 13 games this year and already is fourth on the Sooners' freshman record list for 3-pointers made in a single-season. Robertson has made multiple 3-pointers in 12 of 13 games this season and she also leads the Big 12 with a .912 free throw percentage.
• Oklahoma's top six scorers are in their first or second year of Division I basketball with four of the six being freshmen. Freshman guard Taylor Robertson ranks fourth in the Big 12 in scoring with 17.9 points per game this season and leads the conference with 56 made 3-pointers. Robertson and freshman Madi Williams (13.3) rank inside the top 15 in the Big 12 in points per game. Ninety-seven percent of Oklahoma's scoring comes from its freshmen and sophomore classes.
• Sophomore guard Ana Llanusa made her return to the court on Jan. 2 and has quickly made an impact for the Sooners offensively. Llanusa, a 2018 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection and Big 12 All-Freshman team honoree, missed 10 game due to injury, but has scored in double figures in her first two games back. She led the Sooners with 14 points and collected five rebounds at K-State on Saturday.
• A win would mark the Sooners' first road win over a top-25 opponent since defeating then No. 21 Iowa State, 75-54, in Ames on Jan. 21, 2014. OU's last victory over an AP top-15 team away from home came on March 25, 2013 against No. 11 UCLA (won 85-72, in Columbus, Ohio).
• Texas enters Wednesday's contest with a 12-2 overall record and a 2-0 mark in Big 12 play. The Longhorns are averaging 74.6 points per game (ranks fifth in the Big 12) on .454 field goal (third), .331 3-point (seventh) and .675 free throw (fifth) shooting. Texas is second in the conference and third nationally with a +15.4 rebounding margin. The Longhorns are also ninth nationally averaging 17.0 offensive rebounds per game.
• Junior guard Sug Sutton leads the Longhorns with 11.4 points and 5.9 assists per contest in her first full season as a starter. Sutton is third in the Big 12 and 16th nationally in assists per game (5.9). The junior scored 19 points in Texas' road victory at West Virginia on Sunday. Senior forward Jatarie White is second on the team in scoring at 10.8 points per game.
• Graduate transfer Danni Williams has been a key addition for the Longhorns. Williams, who transferred from Texas A&M, is averaging 10.1 points per game and shooting .372 from beyond the arc (ranks 11th in the Big 12).
• Texas head coach Karen Aston is 154-64 in her seven seasons with the Longhorns. Aston holds a 255-127 all-time record in 12 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
Ana Llanusa finished with a season-high 14 points at K-State on Wednesday night.
GAME 13 RECAP: KANSAS STATE
• Oklahoma fell for the first time in Big 12 play as Kansas State defeated the Sooners, 86-56, inside Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday. Sophomore guard Ana Llanusa led the Sooners with a season-high 14 points and five rebounds off the bench. Freshman guard Taylor Robertson added 12 points and knocked down a pair of 3-pointers.
• OU was limited to a season-low .280 clip (14-of-50) from the field and finished 5-for-22 (.227) from deep, while K-State finished with a .542 field goal percentage and was 11-of-23 (.478) from 3-point range. Rachel Ranke led four Wildcats in double figures with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field and 5-of-11 from deep. Kayla Goth scored 16 points and added five assists, while Peyton Williams picked up 14 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for K-State. Christianna Carr added 14 points and knocked down four 3-pointers.
• The Wildcats used a strong start shooting from the field to build a 41-22 halftime lead. OU fell down early to open the game, but brought the Kansas State advantage down to 15-13 late in the first quarter. K-State finished with a .630 clip from the field and knocked down 6-of-11 (.545) from beyond the arc in the first two quarters. OU's 22 points in the first half were the fewest scored by the Sooners in a half this season.
• OU finished with a .767 (23-of-30) percentage at the free throw line, its second-best clip of the season. K-State won the rebounding battle, 34-31, and forced 24 OU turnovers. The Wildcats won the battle in the paint, 36-12, and scored 32 points off of OU miscues.
• 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 four times in the first nine weeks of the season.
• Robertson ranks first nationally in 3-pointers per game (4.32) and fourth in 3-point field goals made (56). She is on pace to smash the Big 12 record for 3-pointers per game, which was set by Laurie Koehn (3.59) of Kansas State during the 2002-03 season.
• Robertson along with Texas Tech's Chrislyn Carr and Kentucky's Rhyne Howard are the only three freshmen to lead their respective teams in scoring so far this season.
• Through 13 games, Robertson has five 20-point scoring games and led OU with 23 points on 8-for-15 shooting against UConn. Robertson's 23 points are the most scored by an individual player against the Huskies this season.
• Robertson has made a trey in 13 consecutive games, which is the second-longest streak in OU history to begin a season. Aaryn Ellenberg holds the OU record with 14 games with at least one 3-pointers to start a season (2010-11).
• The freshman finished with a career-high 27 points at Auburn on Dec. 2. Robertson knocked down seven 3-pointers in back-to-back games at New Mexico and Auburn, the first Sooner to accomplish that feat. She has scored at least 10 points in each game this season.
• Robertson is fourth on OU's freshman record list with 56 made 3-pointers. Ellenberg holds the OU freshman record with 94 treys during the 2010-11 season.
• Robertson also leads the Big 12 in free throw percentage (.912), ranks third in 3-point shooting percentage (.452) and minutes played (33.6). She is second among all freshmen and ranks fourth in the league in points per game (17.9).
WELCOME BACK ANA
• OU's young roster received a boost last week with the return of sophomore guard Ana Llanusa. In her first game since Nov. 9, Llanusa added 11 points, six rebounds and three assists off the bench in 25 minutes. The sophomore missed 10 games due to foot surgery. She followed up with a season-high 14 points at Kansas State on Saturday night off the bench.
• Llanusa averaged 12.6 points per game as a freshman last season, earning Big 12 All-Freshman Team and All-Big 12 Honorable mention honors. She has made 23 career starts and appeared in 33 career games.
THE DUAL THREAT
• Freshman guard/forward Madi Williams has made an immediate impact for the Sooners offensively and on the glass. She has recorded 10 rebounds in seven games and is averaging a team-best 9.8 rebounds per game (ranks fifth in the Big 12) to go along with 13.3 points per contest. The Fort Worth, Texas, product ranks fourth nationally among Division I freshmen in rebounds per game.
• Despite fouling out midway through the fourth quarter against Texas Tech, Williams finished with a double-double for the third straight game by recording 10 points and 11 rebounds. She has five double-doubles this season, which ranks third in the Big 12. Only Courtney Paris (31, 2005-06) and Caton Hill (6, 1999-00) have recorded more double-doubles as freshmen in the Sherri Coale era.
The Sooners return home to face West Virginia (9-4, 0-2 Big 12) on Sunday inside Lloyd Noble Center. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest.
OU swept the season series against the Mountaineers last season for the first time since West Virginia joined the Big 12. The Sooners topped the Mountaineers, 76-57, in Norman before topping West Virginia on the road, 79-77, in an overtime thriller.