Oklahoma and No. 12/14 Texas Face Off Saturday
SATURDAY'S GAME BASICS
Oklahoma (5-14, 1-7 Big 12) looks to snap a three-game losing skid to Texas (17-4, 7-2 Big 12) as the Sooners host the No. 12/14 Longhorns on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT. The Longhorns lead the all-time series, 32-25, but the Sooners have won seven out of the last eight meetings in Norman.
ON THE AIR
Saturday's game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest with Jessica Coody (play-by-play), Brenda VanLengen (analyst) and Megan McDonald (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 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. OU students will be admitted free with a valid school I.D.
• 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 that enter Lloyd Noble Center through will receive a special edition "Sooner Greats" poster featuring Courtney Paris, Stacey Dales, Phylesha Whaley, Caton Hill, Erin Higgins, Danielle Robinson and Whitney Hand.
• The Sooners are also celebrated National Girls and Women in Sports Day during Saturday's game. Female student-athletes from other OU sports will meet with fans in the upper concourse of Lloyd Noble Center. Fans will have the opportunity to receive brief instruction on respective sports and to visit with the Sooner athletes.
• Students that attend Saturday's game are eligible to sign up for a raffle to win Jordan Brand shoes.
• 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 and Texas meet for the final time during the regular season on Saturday in Norman. The Sooners have won seven of the last eight meetings in Norman dating back to the 2009-10 season. The Sooners are 15-9 all-time against Texas inside Lloyd Noble Center. Texas has won the last three meetings and leads the all-time series, 32-25.
• Saturday's matchup marks the seventh AP top-25 opponent that OU has faced this season, the most of any team in the Big 12. The Sooners have defeated at least one ranked opponent at home in each of the last 16 seasons. Over the last five seasons at Lloyd Noble Center, OU is 6-6 against ranked Big 12 foes with three of those victories coming against Texas.
• Taylor Robertson ranks fifth in the country with 3.63 3-pointers per game and ranks sixth nationally with 69 made 3-pointers this season. The freshman is second on the Sooners' freshman record list for 3-pointers made in a single-season. She continues to lead the conference in 3-point shooting percentage (.439) and free throw percentage (.918). Against top-25 foes this year, Robertson is averaging 16.6 points per game and is shooting .500 from the field with 19 made 3-pointers.
• The sophomore duo of Ana Llanusa and Shaina Pellington have continued to guide the Sooners' offensively. Llanusa, who misses 10 games earlier this season, is averaging 13.5 points per game in Big 12 play. Pellington has scored 20-plus points twice in the three games, including a team-high 25 points at Kansas on Wednesday.
• 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 15.8 points per game this season and leads the conference with 69 made 3-pointers. Ninety-six percent of Oklahoma's scoring comes from its freshmen and sophomore classes.
• Texas enters Saturday's contest with a 17-4 overall record and a 7-2 mark in Big 12 play after falling to West Virginia, 64-58, at home on Monday. The Longhorns are averaging 72.4 points per game (ranks fourth in the Big 12) on .453 field goal (third), .328 3-point (seventh) and .697 free throw (fifth) shooting. Texas ranks second in the league and third nationally with a +12.8 rebounding margin . In conference play, Texas is averaging 67.4 points (ranks third in he league) on .434 field goal, .360 3-point (second) and .713 free throw shooting (fourth).
• Junior guard Sug Sutton leads the Longhorns with 12.6 points and 5.6 assists per contest in her first full season as a starter. Sutton is third in the Big 12 and 24rd nationally in assists per game (5.6). Sophomore guard/forward Joyner Holmes is second on the team in scoring at 10.8 points per game, while leading Texas with 6.6 rebounds per contest.
• Senior forward Jatarie White is third on the team in scoring at 10.8 points per game, while graduate student guard Danni Williams is averaging 10.3 points per game.
• Karen Aston is in her seventh season at Texas and has a 159-66 record with the Longhorns. Aston is 9-7 against the Sooners during her tenure with the Longhorns.
Sophomore guard Shaina Pellington has two 20-point scoring performances in the last three games for the Sooners.
GAME 19 RECAP: KANSAS
• Kansas' second-half comeback downed Oklahoma on Wednesday as the Sooners fell 88-79 to the Jayhawks inside Allen Fieldhouse. OU led by two at the half and jumped out to a 11-point advantage early in the third quarter, but foul trouble and turnovers doomed the Sooners down the stretch. Kansas scored 33 points off of OU's 24 turnovers and took advantage at the free throw line, knocking down 32-of-34 attempts (.941) at the stripe.
• The Jayhawks outscored OU by a 46-35 margin in the second half. With the game tied at 74-74, Kansas closed the game on a 14-5 run to pull away. Shaina Pellington led the Sooners with 25 points off the bench. The sophomore was 8-of-15 from the field and 8-for-11 at the foul line, while adding seven rebounds and four assists. Pellington has scored at least 20 points five times this season and has 12 20-point scoring games in her career.
• Ana Llanusa finished in double figures with 16 points, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers and hitting 6-of-7 at the line. Mandy Simpson added 10 points and recorded a team-high eight rebounds.
• Kansas finished with three 20-point scorers as Christalah Lyons led the Jayhawks with 23 points, finishing 7-of-15 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. Kylee Kopatich and Austin Richardson both scored 20 points. Kopatich was 10-for-10 at the free throw line and added a team-high five steals, while Richardson hit four 3-pointers and recorded seven rebounds. The trio combined for 66 of KU's 88 points.
• 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 and leads the conference with a .439 3-point field goal percentage and a .918 free throw percentage.
• Robertson ranks fifth nationally in 3-pointers per game (3.63) and fifth in 3-point field goals made (69). 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 is second on OU's freshman record list with 69 made 3-pointers. Aaryn Ellenberg holds the OU freshman record with 94 treys during the 2010-11 season. Robertson's 69 3-pointers are 10th all-time on OU's single-season list and she needs just seven more treys to move into ninth place.
• Through 19 games, Robertson has six 20-point scoring games, finishing with 21 points last Sunday against Baylor. She also led OU with 23 points on 8-for-15 shooting against UConn. Robertson's 23 points are the most scored by a freshman against the Huskies this season and the second most by an individual player this season (only Louisville's Asia Durr has scored more with 24 points).
• Against ranked opponents, Robertson has thrived. The freshman is averaging 16.6 points and shooting .500 (30-of-60) from the field against top-25 foes. She has made 19 3-pointers against ranked teams.
• 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, hitting at least one triple in 15 straight games. The freshman's 15 consecutive games with a 3-pointer is the sixth-best streak ever by a Sooner.
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 13.5 points per game during Big 12 play, which also ranks 13th in the league. The sophomore returned to the starting lineup against Texas on Jan. 9 and has scored 10-plus points five times in her first eight games back from injury.
• 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.
THE PELLINGTON BRIEF
• After becoming the seventh OU player to win Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2018, Shaina Pellington has continued to put up strong numbers as a sophomore. Pellington averaged 13.1 points per game and posted a .492 field goal percentage as a freshman. The Pickering, Ontario, native ranks second on the team with 13.8 points per game and is averaging 3.3 assists per contest.
• Pellington has scored in double figures in 14 of OU's 19 games this season, ranking 11th in the Big 12 with 14.4 points per game. She has two 20-point scoring performances in the last four games for the Sooners. The sophomore paced OU with 25 points on Wednesday at Kansas, knocking down 8-of-15 from the floor and finishing 8-of-11 at the free throw line.
• The Sooners return home on Sunday to face No. 12/14 Texas inside Lloyd Noble Center at 3 p.m. CT. OU has won five out of the last six matchups at home between the Sooners and Longhorns.