OU Back on the Road Tuesday at TCU

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University of Oklahoma

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Jan. 22 | 8 p.m. | Fort Worth, Texas

TUESDAY'S GAME BASICS

Oklahoma (5-11, 1-4 Big 12) looks to snap a four-game losing skid as the Sooners head to Fort Worth to face TCU (12-5, 2-4 Big 12) on Tuesday night. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. CT from Schollmaier Arena. The Sooners lead the all-time series, 22-6, against the Horned Frogs.

ON THE AIR

Tuesday's game will be televised on FS1 with Dave Raymond (play-by-play) and Brenda VanLengen (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 Brian Brinkley calling the action.


FIVE THINGS TO KNOW

• Oklahoma travels to Fort Worth for its second straight Big 12 road game as the Sooners take on TCU Tuesday night inside Schollmaier Arena. OU leads the all-time series, 22-6, against TCU, but the Horned Frogs took two of the three matchups between the two teams a year ago including a 62-58 victory in Fort Worth.

• OU's Ana Llanusa looks to build off of her performance at Iowa State as the sophomore poured in a career-high 35 points, hit four 3-pointers, recorded a career-best 15 made free throws and four steals. Llanusa's 35 point were the most point scored by a Sooner in a game since 2014 and the most points scored by a player in the Big 12 this year. The sophomore's 15 made free throws were the second most made by a Sooner in a Big 12 game in program history.

• Freshman guard Taylor Robertson ranks fourth in the country with 3.88 3-pointers per game and ranks sixth nationally with 62 made 3-pointers this season. The freshman is second on the Sooners' freshman record list for 3-pointers made in a single-season. Robertson has made multiple 3-pointers in 14 of 16 games this season. She continues to lead the conference in 3-point shooting percentage (.443) and free throw percentage (.902).

• Oklahoma's top seven scorers are in their first or second year of Division I basketball with four of the seven being freshmen. Freshman guard Taylor Robertson ranks sixth in the Big 12 in scoring with 17.3 points per game this season and leads the conference with 62 made 3-pointers. Ninety-seven percent of Oklahoma's scoring comes from its freshmen and sophomore classes.

• TCU's coaching staff features two former Sooners: assistant coaches Britney Brown and Abi Olajuwon. Brown won five Big 12 regular season or tournament titles as a Sooner and helped OU to two Sweet 16 appearances. Olajuwon was a part of OU's 2009 and 2010 Final Four teams and won Big 12 titles in 2007 and 2009.


PREVIEWING TCU

• TCU enters Tuesday's contest with a 12-5 overall record and a 2-4 mark in Big 12 play after falling at No. 11/11 Texas, 73-67, on Saturday in Austin. The Horned Frogs are averaging 68.6 points per game (ranks eighth in the Big 12) on .433 field goal (fourth), .304 3-point (ninth) and .595 free throw (10th) shooting. TCU ranks second in the Big 12 and is sixth nationally in blocked shots per game (6.2).

• Senior center Jordan Moore leads the Horned Frogs in scoring and rebounding at 15.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest. The senior is second in the conference and is 11th in Division I with a .624 field goal percentage. Moore is also third in the league in blocks per contest (2.1) and eighth in the Big 12 in points per game. Senior forward Amy Okonkwo, the Big 12's Sixth Man of the Year in 2018, averages 11.3 points per game, while adding in 5.3 rebounds a contest.

• Junior guard Kianna Ray is fourth in the Big 12 with 4.5 assists per game, while averaging 10.9 points per game. TCU's assist-to-shot rate is 67.2 percent, a mark that ranks 13th in the nation according to Her Hoop Stats.

• Raegan Pebley is in her fifth season at TCU and has an 83-64 record with the Horned Frogs. Pebley has lead the Horned Frogs to WNIT berths three times in her first four seasons.

Jessi Murcer

Jessi Murcer matched her season high with 18 points at Iowa State last Saturday. 

GAME 16 RECAP: IOWA STATE

• Oklahoma could not overcome No. 18/19 Iowa State's strong start as the Sooners fell, 104-78, inside the Hilton Coliseum. Ana Llanusa led the Sooners with a career-high 35 points, the most points scored by a Sooner in a single game since 2014. Llanusa was 8-of-18 from the field, knocked down four treys and finished 15-of-18 from the free throw line.

• The sophomore's 35 points matched the most points scored by a Big 12 player this season and are the 15th-most scored by a Sooner in a single game. The Choctaw, Okla., native added five rebounds and four steals in 33 minutes off the bench. Llanusa's 15 made free throws set a career high and are the second most made by an OU player in a Big 12 game in school history.

• Freshman Jessi Murcer matched her season-high with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Murcer hit a pair of triples and finished with four rebounds. Tatum Veitenheimer chipped in nine points, seven rebounds and a team-high five assists. Senior Ijeoma Odimgbe logged a career-high 10 rebounds off the bench.

• Iowa State knocked down 16 3-pointers, the most given up by the Sooners against a Big 12 opponent. The Cyclones posted a .493 clip from the field and finished with a .471 3-point field goal percentage. The Sooners knocked down a season-high 30 free throws and finished with a .344 field goal percentage. The Cyclones jumped out to a 39-11 lead after the first quarter, hitting seven 3-pointers in the frame to build an early lead.


WELCOME BACK ANA

• OU's young roster received a boost on Jan. 2 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 against Texas Tech. She followed up with a season-high 14 points at Kansas State on Jan. 5 off the bench. The sophomore missed 10 games due to foot surgery.

• At Iowa State, the sophomore turned in the best performance of her collegiate career, finishing with career-highs of 35 points, 15 made free throws and four steals. Llanusa's 35 points are the most scored by a Big 12 player in a game this season and are the most by a Sooner in a single game since 2014.

• Llanusa's 35 points rank as the seventh-most scored by a Sooner in a Big 12 game. She joins Aaryn Ellenberg, Courtney Paris (twice), Danielle Robinson and Phylesha Whaley (twice) as the only players to score 35-plus points against a Big 12 opponent.

• Llanusa returned to the starting lineup against Texas on Jan. 9 and has scored 10-plus points four times in her first five games back from injury. 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 25 career starts and appeared in 36 career games.


BOOMER BUNCH

• Oklahoma entered the season with seven freshmen on its roster, the most for an OU team since the 2002-03 season which featured eight freshmen. The Sooners are one of two Power 5 teams (Boston College) with seven freshmen on their roster. Among all Division I teams, OU (seven), Boston College (seven), FAU (eight) and Wichita State (eight) are the only four teams with more than seven freshmen on their roster to begin the 2018-19 season.

• For the first time in the Sherri Coale era, four freshmen were in OU's starting lineup as the Sooners faced Iowa State on Saturday: Jessi Murcer, Madi Williams, Taylor Robertson and Tatum Veitenheimer.

• Oklahoma is the only Power 5 Team to have four freshmen start multiple games so far this season. The Sooners have three freshmen that have started at least 15 games (Madi Williams, Taylor Robertson and Tatum Veitenheimer. There are only three freshmen in Big 12 that have started at least 15 games this season (Ashley Joens, Iowa State; Christianna Carr, K-State; Chrislyn Carr, Texas Tech). Nydia Lampkin became the fifth OU freshman to start a game this season, making her first career start at Texas on Wednesday.

• The average age of OU's 12-member squad is 19.1 years old, which is tied for third youngest nationally among all Division I teams with Georgia Tech. Only UMBC and SMU have a younger roster by average age than the Sooners (19.0).

• OU's top seven scorers are freshmen or sophomores. Five of OU's freshmen have appeared in at least 15 games this season.


QUICK HITS

• 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.

• Jessi Murcer leads all Big 12 guards in field goal percentage at a .517 clip. Murcer matched her season high with 18 points at Iowa State on Saturday.

• The Sooners rank third in the Big 12 with 9.0 steals per game. Tatum Veitenheimer is tied for fifth in the league with 1.9 steals per game.

• 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 486-253 (.658) 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 14 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.

• 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.


UP NEXT

• The Sooners return home on Sunday to face No. 2/3 Baylor inside Lloyd Noble Center. The game will tip-off at 2 p.m. CT and air on FSN.

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