Sooners Take on No. 2/3 Baylor Sunday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

Oklahoma
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2/3 Baylor
Jan. 27 | 2 p.m. | Norman

SUNDAY'S GAME BASICS

Oklahoma (5-12, 1-5 Big 12) returns home for its first conference game inside Lloyd Noble Center since Jan. 13 as OU hosts No. 2/3 Baylor on Sunday. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. CT. OU is looking for its first win over the Lady Bears since Feb. 27, 2015.

ON THE AIR

Sunday's game will be televised on FSN with Ron Thulin (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.

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 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. OU students will be admitted free with a valid school I.D.

PROMOTIONS

• Oklahoma women's basketball is offering a variety of promotions and incentives for OU students the remainder of the Sooners' home season. OU is introducing discounted concession items and a full slate of giveaways and theme nights. More information can be found here.

• Fans are encouraged to participate in Sunday's Teddy Bear Toss. All donations benefit the United Way.

• Fans are encouraged to #ArriveSooner to avoid delays into the gates with enhanced screenings. OU's clear bag policy will also be in efffect. For more gameday tips at Lloyd Noble Center, visit the LNC's information page.


FIVE THINGS TO KNOW

• Oklahoma returns home Sunday to face No. 2/3 Baylor inside Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners will be playing their first home game since Jan. 13. The Sooners' young squad has played just two leagues games on their home court this season, the fewest of any team in the Big 12. A win would mark OU's first victory over Baylor since Feb. 27, 2015 in Norman.

• Sophomore guard Ana Llanusa has been a key part of OU's offense since her return to action at the start of conference play. Llanusa leads OU and ranks 13th in the Big 12 with 14.5 points per game in conference play. The sophomore scored a career-high 35 points at Iowa State on Jan. 19, the most points scored by a Sooner in a Big 12 game since 2014.

• Freshman guard Taylor Robertson ranks fifth in the country with 3.71 3-pointers per game and ranks seventh nationally with 63 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 17 games this season. She continues to lead the conference in 3-point shooting percentage (.444) and free throw percentage (.902).

• Sophomore guard Shaina Pellington picked up her fourth 20-point scoring game of the season, adding 24 points off the bench at TCU last Thursday. The sophomore finished 10-of-18 from the field against the Horned Frogs. Pellington's 24 points were the most points in a game for the sophomore since Dec. 22 at SMU. The Pickering, Ontario, native is 12th in the conference with 14.5 points per game.

• 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 ninth in the Big 12 in scoring with 15.9 points per game this season and leads the conference with 63 made 3-pointers. Ninety-seven percent of Oklahoma's scoring comes from its freshmen and sophomore classes.


PREVIEWING BAYLOR

• Baylor enters Sunday's contest with a 16-1 overall record and a 6-0 mark in Big 12 play after defeating No. 20/22 Iowa State, 84-69, in Waco on Wednesday. The Lady Bears are averaging 82.8 points per game (ranks first in the Big 12) on .516 field goal (first), .390 3-point (first) and .627 free throw (seventh) shooting. Baylor leads the nation in field goal percentage defense (.310), assists per game (23.5) and rebounding margin (+17.9).

• Senior center and preseason All-American Kalani Brown leads the Lady Bears with 15.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest. The senior leads the Big 12 and ranks 10th nationally in field goal percentage at a .624 clip. Junior forward Lauren Cox is one of the top shot blockers in the country, averaging 2.5 blocks per game (ranks first in the Big 12 and 10th in Division I). Cox averages 12.3 points a game, while adding 6.6 rebounds per contest.

• Graduate transfer guard Chloe Jackson leads the Big 12 with 6.5 assists per game and is third on the team in scoring at 10.9 points per game. Junior guard Juicy Landrum averages 10.0 points per game and 6.1 rebounds a contest. Landrum is fifth in the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage (.420) and sixth in assists per game (4.4).

• Kim Mulkey is in her 19th season at Baylor and has a 555-99 record with the Lady Bears. Mulkey has led the Lady Bears to three Final Fours, including national championships in 2005 and 2012.

Shaina Pellington

Shaina Pellington picked up her 11th career 20-point scoring game, finishing with 24 points at TCU. 

GAME 17 RECAP: TCU

• Shaina Pellington led the way with 24 points off the bench, but it would not be enough as a fast start by TCU was too much for Oklahoma to overcome as the Sooners fell 86-71. Four early 3-pointers from TCU in the opening quarter allowed the Horned Frogs to build a 22-10 lead. The Sooners finished with 11 turnovers in the first half, allowing the Horned Frogs to score 11 points off of OU miscues and build a 39-24 halftime lead.

• A 3-pointer from Jessi Murcer trimmed the deficit down to seven points with 7:42 to go in the fourth quarter, but TCU answered with a 7-0 run to rebuild a double-digit advantage. Pellington finished 10-of-18 from the field and was 4-of-6 from the free throw line to pick up her third 20-point game of the season.

• Madi Williams also finished in double figures with 14 points and led the Sooners with eight rebounds. Murcer added 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting and was 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. Ana Llanusa chipped in eight points and matched her career high with four steals. Ijeoma Odimgbe tied her career-high with four blocks.

• TCU's Jordan Moore earned a double-double with a game-high 25 points and 14 rebounds. Moore was 10-for-15 from the field and recorded four blocks. Lauren Heard added a career-high 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting for the Frogs.


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.

• Llanusa leads the Sooners with 14.5 points per game during Big 12 play, which also ranks 13th in the league.

• 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 OU 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 six games back from injury.


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.

• Llanusa returned to the starting lineup against Texas on Jan. 9 and has scored 10-plus points three times in her first four 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 35 career games.


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 four times this season

• Robertson ranks fifth nationally in 3-pointers per game (3.71) and sixth in 3-point field goals made (63). She is on pace to break 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 set the school record for most consecutive games with a 3-pointer to begin a season. The freshman made at least one 3-pointer in 15 straight games to begin the season, which set a school record. The freshman's 15 straight games is the sixth-best streak ever by a Sooner. Robertson saw her streak end last Saturday against Iowa State. Robertson is second on OU's freshman record list with 63 made 3-pointers. Aaryn Ellenberg holds the OU freshman record with 94 treys during the 2010-11 season.

• Through 17 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 also leads the Big 12 in free throw percentage (.902) and in 3-point shooting percentage (.444), while ranking ninth in minutes played (33.1). She is second among all freshmen and ranks ninth in the league in points per game (15.9).


UP NEXT

• The Sooners hit the road for the fifth time in Big 12 play as OU heads to Kansas to face the Jayhawks. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT inside Allen Fieldhouse. The game will be streamed on ESPN+.

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