OU Returns Home to Face WVU Sunday
SUNDAY'S GAME BASICS
Oklahoma (5-9, 1-2 Big 12) returns home to take on West Virginia (10-4, 1-2 Big 12) on Sunday inside Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners have won four straight meetings at home against the Mountaineers dating back to the 2014-15 season. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. CT.
ON THE AIR
Sunday's game will be televised on the Fox Sports Southwest with Toby Rowland (play-by-play), Dan Hughes (analyst) and Jessica Coody (sideline) 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 Brian Brinkley calling the action.
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 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. OU students will be admitted free with a valid school I.D.
The Sooners will celebrate Military Appreciation Day. The first 500 fans will receive a free OU camoflauge hat (given away at the East entrance).
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Oklahoma returns home for the first time in 11 days as the Sooners host West Virginia inside Lloyd Noble Center. OU swept the season series with the Mountaineers last year for the first time since West Virginia joined the Big 12 prior to the 2012-13 season. The Sooners defeated West Virginia, 76-57, in Norman before topping the Mountaineers in overtime, 79-77, in Morgantown.
• Sunday's contest features a matchup between the two of the best 3-pointers shooters in the Big 12. Oklahoma guard Taylor Robertson ranks first in the Big 12 with 4.21 3-pointers per game and ranks second in 3-point shooting percentage. West Virginia's Tynice Martin ranks third in the conference with a .452 3-point field goal percentage and is averaging 2.4 triples per game (ranks fourth in the league).
• OU has won four straight games over West Virginia inside Lloyd Noble Center. Two of the Sooners' four victories came after trailing by at least 14 points (2016 and 2017). OU is 5-2 against West Virginia in Norman.
• Freshman guard Taylor Robertson continues to lead the country with 4.21 3-pointers per game and ranks fourth nationally with 59 made 3-pointers this season. The freshman has scored at least 20 points in five of OU's 14 games this year and is tied for third on the Sooners' freshman record list for 3-pointers made in a single-season. Robertson has made multiple 3-pointers in 13 of 14 games this season and she also leads the Big 12 with a .917 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 17.6 points per game this season and leads the conference with 59 made 3-pointers. Robertson and freshman Madi Williams (13.6) 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.
PREVIEWING WEST VIRGINIA
• Oklahoma battled to the end against No. 11/11 Texas on Wednesday night, but came up short as the Longhorns defeated the Sooners, 73-63. Freshman Madi Williams added 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting, while grabbing six rebounds off the bench to lead OU. Freshman Taylor Robertson scored 13 points and recorded a career-high five steals, while sophomore Mandy Simpson added 10 points, six rebounds and a game-high five assists.
• The Sooners trailed by as many 12 points midway through the third quarter, but rallied to make it a one-possession game in the final frame. Back-to-back layups from Robertson and Tatum Veitenheimer capped a 12-2 run that cut the Texas lead down to two points early in the fourth quarter, but the Sooners would miss their next seven shots to allow the Longhorns to stretch their lead.
• Destiny Littleton led the Longhorns with 15 points and picked up five rebounds, while Joyner Holmes earned a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Danni Williams hit three of Texas' four 3-pointers and finished with 11 points, while Jatarie White added 13 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
• OU jumped out to a 20-16 lead after the first quarter as the Sooners posted a .500 field goal percentage in the opening stanza. The Sooners used a pair of 3-pointers from Robertson and Williams in the first quarter to extend their lead. The Sooners controlled the lead throughout much of the second quarter, but Texas closed the first half on an 8-0 run to grab a seven-point halftime advantage.
Madi Williams scored 18 points off the bench at Texas on Wednesday.
GAME 14 RECAP: TEXAS
• West Virgina's enters Sunday's contest with a 10-4 overall record and a 1-2 mark in Big 12 play after defeating Oklahoma State on Wednesday in Morgantown. The Mountaineers are averaging 75.3 points per game (ranks fourth in the Big 12) on .447 field goal (fourth), .384 3-point (second) and .747 free throw (second) shooting. West Virginia ranks second nationally in scoring defense, limiting opponents to just 50.0 points per game. The Mountaineers are fourth in Division I, holding foes to a .314 field goal percentage.
• Redshirt junior guard Tynice Martin leads the Mountaineers in scoring at 16.5 points per game. Martin missed all of last season due to injury. She ranks second in the conference in free throw percentage (.889), third in the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage (.443) and seventh in scoring (16.5).
• Senior forward Naomi Davenport is second on the team in scoring at 14.2 points per game and leads the Mountaineers with 8.5 rebounds per contest. Davenport has recorded four double-doubles this season. The senior is averaging 18.0 points per game in Big 12 play. Senior guard Katrina Pardee is averaging 13.0 points per game and is shooting .441 from deep (ranks fifth in the Big 12).
• West Virginia head coach Mike Carey is 381-194 in his 18 seasons with the Mountaineers.
• 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 (4.21) and fourth in 3-point field goals made (59). 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.
• Robertson has made a trey in 14 consecutive games, which is tied for th longest streak in OU history to begin a season. She shares the record with Aaryn Ellenberg who also had 14 games with at least one 3-pointers to start the 2010-11 season.
• Through 14 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 is tied for third on OU's freshman record list with 59 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 (.447) and third in minutes played (33.7). She is second among all freshmen and ranks fourth in the league in points per game (17.4).
• The freshman is one of three players from a Power Five conference to shoot 45 percent from the field, 45 percent from beyond the arc and 90 percent from the free throw line. She is the only freshman to accomplish that feat.
THE DUAL THREAT
• Freshman guard/forward Madi Williams has made an immediate impact for the Sooners offensively and on the glass. She has recorded at least 10 rebounds in seven games and is averaging a team-best 9.5 rebounds per game (ranks fourth in the Big 12) to go along with 13.6 points per contest. The Fort Worth, Texas, product ranks fourth nationally among Division I freshmen in rebounds per game.
• Against Texas, Williams scored 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting and collected six rebounds off the bench in 36 minutes of action.
• Williams 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.
• Oklahoma's run of 19 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances ranks as the longest active streak by a team in the Big 12 and the fifth-best active streak among Division I women's basketball teams. OU's 19 straight NCAA bids is the ninth longest streak all-time in Division I. Only Tennessee (37), Stanford (31), Connecticut (30) and Notre Dame (23) have made more consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament than the Sooners.
• Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale begins her 23rd year at the helm of the OU program. Coale has a 486-251 (.659) record at OU and has led the Sooners to three Final Four appearances, four Big 12 Tournament titles and six Big 12 regular season championships. Coale is just 19 wins away from her 500th career victory and would join Jody Conradt (Texas), Kim Mulkey (Baylor) and Marsha Sharp (Texas Tech) as one of four Big 12 coaches to win at least 500 career games at their respective school.
• Taylor Robertson became the first player in the Big 12 to win four Big 12 Freshman of the Week honors during non-conference play since Baylor's Britney Griner accomplished the feat in 2010.
• The Sooners tied for third place in the Big 12 with an 11-7 mark in league play during the 2017-18 season and finished the regular season ranked second in the nation in strength of schedule a year ago. OU has won at least 10 Big 12 games in 12 of the last 13 seasons.
• The Sooners will not play during the midweek and travel to Iowa State (13-2, 3-0 Big 12) on Saturday. Tip-off is set for noon inside Hilton Coliseum.
• Oklahoma has won six consecutive meetings against the Cyclones, including three straight victories in Ames.