OU Back Home Against No. 20/21 Iowa State Wednesday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

Oklahoma
oklahomaIowa State
20/21 Iowa State
Feb. 20 | 10:30 a.m. | Norman, Okla.

WEDNESDAY'S GAME BASICS

Oklahoma (6-18, 2-11 Big 12) returns home Wednesday's for Sooner Jr. Fan Field Trip Day at 10:30 a.m. CT against No. 20/21 Iowa State (19-6, 9-4 Big 12). Over 8,000 elementary school students from around the state will attend Wednesday's game.

ON THE AIR

Wednesday's game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest with Toby Rowland (play-by-play), Dan Hughes (analyst) and Jessica Coody (sideline). 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 not needed for Sooner Jr. Fan Field Trip Day. Season-ticket holders can enter through the north entrance at Lloyd Noble Center and sit in sections LE3 through LE6 for Wednesday's game.

PROMOTIONS

• Fans can make a pledge to help the Sooners raise $5,000 as a part of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund during the month of February. Fans can sign up to donate here.

• Fans can be participate in our auction to win shoes worn by head coach Sherri Coale during the Sooners' Play4Kay game. 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.

• 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

• Wednesday's game features a 10:30 a.m. tip-off as OU hosts the fifth annual Sooner Jr. Fan Field Trip Day. Over 8,000 third through sixth graders from across the state of Oklahoma will be in attendance for an educational day complete with hands on exposure to Division I women's basketball. The Sooners defeated Kansas State, 68-49, in last year's Field Trip Day game.

• OU leads the all-time series with Iowa State, 39-27, and the Sooners are 24-5 all-time against the Cyclones in Norman. OU is looking for its fourth straight home win over the Cyclones. Iowa State took the previous meeting earlier this season in Ames, 104-78.

• Sophomore guard Ana Llanusa has led the Sooners in scoring in five consecutive games and is averaging 28.3 points per game over the last three contests. The sophomore finished with 31 point at Baylor on Saturday. Llanusa has scored 30-plus points three times in Big 12 play, one of two players in the conference to accomplish that feat in league play. Llanusa, Courtney Paris and Phylesha Whaley are the only three Sooners to score at least 30 points in three different games during their sophomore season in OU history.

• At Baylor, Llanusa became the first OU player to score 20-plus points in three straight games since Peyton Little accomplished the feat in 2015. The sophomore is averaging 23.6 points per game during the month of February, while shooting .420 from the field, .390 from the deep and .872 at the free throw line. Llanusa currently ranks third in the Big 12 with 17.4 points per game during league play.

• Taylor Robertson continues to lead the Big 12 in free throw percentage (.912) and 3-pointers per game (3.2). Her 3.2 3-pointers per game lead all major conference players this season, while her 76 3-pointers rank second. The freshman is second on the Sooners' freshman record list for 3-pointers made in a single-season. The freshman's .432 3-point shooting percentage is fourth currently on OU's single-season list.


PREVIEWING IOWA STATE

• Iowa State enters Wednesday's contest with a 19-6 overall record and a 9-4 mark in Big 12 play after defeating Oklahoma State, 89-67. The Cyclones are averaging 81.6 points per game (ranks second in the Big 12) on .459 field goal (second), .342 3-point (first) and .772 free throw (first) shooting. Iowa State ranks eighth nationally in scoring offense and ninth in Division I in free throw percentage.

• Senior guard Bridget Carleton leads the Cyclones and the Big 12 in scoring at 21.3 points per game. She also leads the conference in steals per game (2.3), while ranking fourth in rebounding (8.3) and fifth in assists per game (4.3). She has been named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason List, The Wade Watch List and the Cheryl Miller Award Watch List. She ranks 11th in Division I in scoring and has 1,914 career points.

• Sophomore center Kristin Scott is averaging 14.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest. She ranks second in the Big 12 and 10th in Division I with a .609 field goal percentage. Freshman guard Ashley Joens averages 11.8 points per game this season and is shooting .383 from beyond the arc (ranks seventh in the Big 12). Redshirt senior guard Alexa Middleton adds in 9.5 points a game and leads Iowa State with 4.9 assists per contest.

• Bill Fennelly is in his 24th season at Baylor and has a 498-249 record with the Cyclones.

Madi Williams

Madi Williams leads all Big 12 freshmen with six double-doubles this season.

GAME 24 RECAP: BAYLOR

• Sophomore guard Ana Llanusa led the Sooners with 31 points, but Oklahoma fell to No. 1/1 Baylor, 87-53, on Saturday. Llanusa finished 7-of-18 from the field, matched her season-high with five treys and was a perfect 12-for-12 at the free throw line. She became the first Big 12 player to score at least 30 points three times in conference play this season. The sophomore also has scored at least 20 points in three straight games, the first Sooner to accomplish that feat since Peyton Little in 2015.

• The Choctaw, Okla., was also the first player to score at least 30 points against Baylor this season and Llanusa's 12 free throws are tied for the sixth-most ever made by a Sooner in a single game in school history. The sophomore has led OU in scoring in five consecutive games.Ijeoma Odimgbe led the Sooners with six rebounds and three blocks. Jessi Murcer added seven points.

• Baylor's Chloe Jackson led the Lady Bears with 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting. The graduate transfer guard recorded 20 points in the first half to help the Lady Bears build a 22-point halftime lead over the Sooners.Lauren Cox provided 14 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks for the Lady Bears.

• Baylor posted .500 field goal percentage and outrebounded the Sooners, 59-28. OU was limited to just 16-of-62 (.258) shooting, while the Sooners posted an .833 clip (15-for-18) from charity stripe. From beyond the arc, OU finished 6-of-18 (.333), while Baylor was just 2-of-9 (.222) from deep. The Lady Bears held OU to a .179 shooting percentage as Jackson scored 20 of her 24 points in the opening two quarters.


SERIES HISTORY VS. IOWA STATE

• OU leads the all-time series, 39-27, and has won seven straight meetings over the Cyclones.

• The Sooners are 24-5 all-time against Iowa State inside Lloyd Noble Center.

• The Sooners have won eight out of the last 10 meetings between the two teams.


ELEVATE WITH ANA

• Llanusa's 31 points were the most scored by an opposing player against the Lady Bears this season. She finished 12-for-12 at the foul line, matched her season high with five made 3-pointers and finished 7-of-18 from the floor in 38 minutes.

• The sophomore has led OU in scoring in each of the last five games. She finished with 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting in OU's win over Kansas. Llanusa recorded 33 points, just two shy of her career high, against Kansas State on Feb. 10. The sophomore was 10-for-20 from the field, made a season-high five 3-pointers and finished 8-of-9 at the free throw line.

• 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 has three 30-point scoring games this season, becoming the first Sooner to accomplish that feat since Courtney Paris during the 2006-07 season. Paris (13), Phylesha Whaley (10), Aaryn Ellenberg (5), Danielle Robinson (4) are the only players to have more 30-point scoring performances in OU history than Llanusa.

• In Big 12 play, Llanusa is shooting .357 from 3-point range and .835 from the free throw line. Both marks rank eighth in the conference during league action.

• Llanusa is one of three Big 12 players to score at least 30 points three times in conference play this season, joining Oklahoma State's Vivian Gray.


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.

• Oklahoma is the only Power 5 Team to have four freshmen start multiple games so far this season. The Sooners have four freshmen that have started at least 10 games (Jessi Murcer, Madi Williams, Taylor Robertson and Tatum Veitenheimer. There are only four freshmen in Big 12 that have started at least 10 games this season (Ashley Joens, Iowa State; Christianna Carr, K-State; Chrislyn Carr, Texas Tech; West Virginia's Madisen Smith).


UP NEXT

The Sooners wrap up their season series against West Virginia on Saturday in Morgantown. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. CT. OU won for the first time in Morgantown last season, 79-77, in overtime.

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