Sooners Host Play4Kay Game Sunday
SUNDAY'S GAME BASICS
Oklahoma (5-16, 1-9 Big 12) hosts its annual Play4Kay game on Sunday as the Sooners wrap up their season series with Kansas State (14-9, 5-6 Big 12) on Sunday. The Sooners have won 11 straight meetings with the Wildcats in Norman. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. CT.
ON THE AIR
Sunday's game will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma with Chad McKee (play-by-play), Brenda VanLengen (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.
• Fans will receive pink tumblers, pink light-up batons and "I Play For Cards" from the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. All fans are encouraged to wear pink to Sunday's game.
• Fans can make a pledge to help the Sooners raise $5,000 as a part of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Fans can sign up to donate here.
• Head coach Sherri Coale will be wearing a pair of custom Air Jordan I Retro High OG shoes during Sunday's game. Fans can be participate in our auction to win those shoes. All proceeds go to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The auction is available here.
• 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.
• Students that attend Sunday's game are eligible to sign up for a raffle to win a TV.
• 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
• Saturday's contest marks Oklahoma's annual Play4Kay game, celebrating awareness of women's cancer and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The Sooners will wear their pink Jordan Brand uniforms during Sunday's matchup with Kansas State. OU head coach Sherri Coale has played a vital role in the Kay Yow Cancer Fund since its inception and currently serves as the president of the organization. Coale will wear a custom pair of Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG shoes during Sunday's game.
• Oklahoma has won 11 straight games against Kansas State in Norman dating back to the 2002-03 season. The Sooners are 13-2 versus the Wildcats in Norman during the Big 12 era. OU leads the all-time series with Kansas State, 39-28.
• Sophomore guard Ana Llanusa has led the Sooners in scoring in back-to-back games. The sophomore scored 16 points at Oklahoma State on Wednesday, after finishing with 17 points versus Texas on Feb. 2. Llanusa is averaging a team-best 14.1 points per game in conference play. The sophomore has led the Sooners in scoring four times in Big 12 play.
• Taylor Robertson ranks eighth in the country with 3.48 3-pointers per game and with 73 made 3-pointers this season. Her 3.48 3-pointers per game lead all major conference players this season, while rank her 73 3-pointers rank second. The freshman is second on the Sooners' freshman record list for 3-pointers made in a single-season. She continues to lead the Big 12 in 3-point shooting (.445) and free throw percentage (.906).
• Oklahoma's top seven scorers are in their first or second year of Division I basketball with four of the seven being freshmen. In all 21 games this season, a freshman or sophomore has led the Sooners in scoring. Ninety-six percent of Oklahoma's scoring comes from its freshmen and sophomore classes. Robertson and freshman forward Madi Williams, rank second and third, respectively in scoring among Big 12 freshmen this season.
PREVIEWING KANSAS STATE
• Kansas State enters Sunday's matchup with a 14-9 overall record and a 5-6 mark in Big 12 play after defeating Kansas in overtime, 72-62, on Wednesday in Lawrence. The Wildcats are averaging 62.3 points per game (ranks tenth in the Big 12) on .407 field goal (eighth), .286 3-point (last) and .710 free throw (fourth) shooting. In conference play, K-State is averaging 60.1 points (ranks 10th in the league) on .387 field goal (fifth), .270 3-point (ninth) and .697 free throw shooting (eighth). The Wildcats rank fifth in the Big 12 in scoring defense, holding opponents to 61.4 points per game during the regular season.
• Kansas State senior guard Kayla Goth averages 12.7 points per game and 6.4 assists per contest. Goth ranks second in the Big 12 in assists per game and is 12th in the league in scoring. The senior is averaging 13.8 points a game in conference play, while dishing a league-high 6.9 assists per game.
• Junior forward Peyton Williams leads K-State in scoring with 15.3 points per game, while averaging a team-best 9.7 rebounds per contest. The junior is second in the Big 12 in rebounds per game, while ranking ninth in the conference in scoring average. Williams is averaging 15.4 points and to go along with a league-best 9.8 rebounds a game during Big 12 play.
• Jeff Mittie is in his fifth season at Kansas State with a 93-63 overall record.
Ana Llanusa has led the Sooners in scoring back-to-back games. She is averaging 14.1 points per contest in Big 12 play.
GAME 21 RECAP: OKLAHOMA STATE
• Oklahoma put together a second half rally, but dropped the first Bedlam matchup of the season to Oklahoma State, 84-74, inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Sooners jumped out to a four-point lead after the opening frame, but the Cowgirls outscored OU, 29-14, in the second quarter to build a 11-point lead at the break.
• To open the third quarter, the Sooners used a 12-2 run to bring the game within one score and eventually regained the lead on a 3-pointer from Taylor Robertson. Oklahoma State took a one-point lead into the final quarter and pulled away to late to hold off the Sooners. The Cowgirls' Vivian Gray led all scorers with a career-high 33 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field and finished 10-for-11 at the foul line.
• The Sooners were led by Ana Llanusa's 16 points as the sophomore hit four 3-pointers in 33 minutes. In her first Bedlam game, Jessi Murcer poured in 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while finishing with a career-high five assists and five steals.
• Madi Williams scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half and picked up five rebounds, while Robertson added 11 points and was 3-of-4 from deep. Mandy Simpson chipped in six points, a game-high 11 rebounds and tied her career high with six assists.
SERIES HISTORY VS. K-STATE
• OU leads the all-time series, 39-28, against K-State with the Sooners winning 18 out of the last 23 meetings. The Wildcats won the first matchup of the season against the Sooners on Jan. 5, 86-56, in Manhattan.
• Oklahoma has played Kansas State 67 times in series history, the third most meetings against a single opponent for the Sooners.
• The Sooners are 25-8 versus Kansas State in the Big 12 era and are 13-2 against the Wildcats in Norman. OU's last loss to K-State at home came on Feb. 1, 2003.
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 8.3 rebounds per game (ranks fifth in the Big 12) to go along with 12.2 points per contest. The Fort Worth, Texas, product ranks 10th nationally among Division I freshmen in rebounds per game.
• Williams is averaging 11.8 points and 6.2 rebounds a game over the last five contests. The freshman scored 16 points last Saturday against Texas, then followed up with 14 points at Oklahoma State on Wednesday.
• 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.
• Taylor Robertson ranks third nationally among Division I freshmen with a .906 free throw percentage, which would rank as the second-best clip in school history by an OU freshman.
• OU ranks fifth in the Big 12 during league play with a .706 free throw percentage. The Sooners posted a .577 clip from the free throw line in non-conference play and have dramatically improved their percentage in Big 12 play. Robertson leads all Big 12 players with a .926 clip in conference play.
• The Sooners are fourth in the Big 12 with 8.4 steals per game during the regular season. Freshman guard Tatum Veitenheimer is 13th in the league with 1.5 steals per game.
• Oklahoma's 30 made free throws at Iowa State on Jan. 19 rank as the most made by a Big 12 team this season. It was the most free throws made by the Sooners in a single game since the 2013-14 season (35, vs. Louisville).
• Ana Llanusa's 15 made free throws at Iowa State are the most scored by a Big 12 player this season and are tied for ninth-most nationally in a single game.
• Nydia Lampkin's six points against Texas on Feb. 2 set a career high for the freshman. Lampkin hit a pair of free throws and finished 2-of-3 from the field against the Longhorns.
• Oklahoma's strength of schedule currently ranks 12th nationally among Division I teams. Its the second straight season that OU is projected to finish in the top-15 nationally in strength of schedule.
• 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.
• 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 wrap up their season series on Wednesday night against Kansas. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma.