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OU Hosts No. 1/1 UConn on Wednesday

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Dec. 19 | 7:30 p.m. | Norman, Okla.

WEDNESDAY'S GAME BASICS

Oklahoma hosts No. 1/1 UConn to close out its home non-conference slate on Wednesday inside Lloyd Noble Center. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. CT. Wednesday's matchup is the first meeting between the Sooners and Huskies in Norman since 2012.

OU is 0-17 all-time against No. 1 ranked teams in he AP Poll. Wednesday's contest marks the first visit to Lloyd Noble Center by the nation's No. 1 team since Baylor faced OU in Norman in 2013.

ON THE AIR

Wednesday's game will be televised on the Fox Sports 1 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 6 p.m. on Wednesday. OU students will be admitted free with a valid school I.D.

PROMOS

• Fans are encouraged to wear white to Wednesday's game. The first 1,500 fans that enter through the east entrance will receive a free white t-shirt.

• Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray became the seventh Sooner to win the Heisman Trophy. Fans will be able to claim an exclusive “Kyler Knows” poster, commemorating his recent enshrinement into Oklahoma and college football history. The poster will be available at both games outside of the Sooner Jr. Kids Zone on the south end of the top concourse.

• Fans will also be able to take their photo with Murray's Heisman Trophy outside of the Kids Zone on the south upper concourse. The trophy will be on display from the time doors open (5:30) through halftime.

• Red Panda will perform at halftime. 

• One fan at Wednesday's games will walk away with a pair of tickets to the upcoming Orange Bowl, where No. 4 Oklahoma faces No. 1 Alabama in the semifinals of the College Football Playoff in Miami. During a timeout, a t-shirt with a pair of tickets will be thrown to a fan in the crowd.

• The Sooner Jr. Kids Zone, located on the south side of the top concourse, will have 250 Christmas ornaments.

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


FIVE THINGS TO KNOW

• The Sooners wrap up their home non-conference slate on Wednesday against No. 1/1 UConn. Wednesday's matchup is the first meeting between the two teams in Norman since Feb. 13, 2012. The Huskies defeated the Sooners, 88-64, last season in Uncasville, Conn., at the Women's Holiday Hoops Showcase. UConn leads the all-time series, 11-0.

• Oklahoma's top six scorers are in their first or second year of Division I basketball. Four of the six are freshmen. Freshman guard Taylor Robertson ranks second nationally among Division I freshmen with 18.4 points per game this season. Robertson, along with freshmen Madi Williams (13.9) and Jessi Murcer (12.5) all rank inside the top 15 in the Big 12 in points per game.

• Freshman guard Taylor Robertson has knocked down 37 3-pointers, which is the second-most treys hit by a single player in the country this season. She also ranks second nationally with 4.68 3-pointers per contest. The freshman has scored at least 20 points in four of OU's eight games this year and already ranks ninth on the Sooners' freshman record list for 3-pointers made in a single-season. Robertson has made multiple 3-pointers in eight of nine games this season.

• Freshman guard/forward Madi Williams is one of two Big 12 players to average a double-double so far this season. Williams is averaging 13.9 points and 10.0 rebounds per contest through nine games this year. Williams is fourth nationally in rebounding among Division I freshmen.

• The Huskies' trip to Norman marks the first time that the Sooners have faced the nation's top-ranked team at home since 2013. The Sooners' last win over an AP top-5 team came in 2015, defeating then No. 3 Baylor, 68-64, inside Lloyd Noble Center. OU is 0-17 all-time against teams ranked No. 1 in the AP poll. Since 1995, UConn is 233-1 versus unranked non-conference opponents (lone loss came to Arizona State in 2004).


PREVIEWING UCONN

• UConn enters Wednesday's contest with a 9-0 record and will be playing its first game since Dec. 9. The Huskies rank fourth nationally in scoring offense (87.9) and field goal percentage (.519), while limiting their opponents to 53.0 points a game (ranks 18th in Division I). UConn is also eighth in Division I with 20.7 assists per game and ranks 11th nationally with a .409 3-point field goal percentage.

• Preseason All-American senior guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson leads the Huskies in scoring at 20.1 points and ranks seventh in Division I with a 3.8 assist-to-turnover ratio. Senior forward Naphessa Collier is averaging a double-double with 18.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.

• Junior guard Crystal Dangerfield is averaging 14.0 points and 5.7 assists per game contest, while freshman guard Christyn Williams ranks fourth on the team at 13.9 points per game.

• UConn is under the direction of 34th-year head coach Geno Auriemma. Auriemma is 1,036-136 with the Huskies and has won 11 NCAA titles and made 19 Final Four appearances.

Shaina Pellington

Shaina Pellington had a near triple-double against DePaul, finishing with 19 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. 

GAME NINE RECAP: DEPAUL

• Shaina Pellington and Taylor Robertson each scored 19 points, while Madi Williams poured in 18 but it would not be enough as Oklahoma fell to No. 20/17 DePaul, 87-76, on Dec. 9. The Sooners trailed by 23 points heading into the second half, but put together a furious comeback effort in the third quarter. OU outscored DePaul by a 32-17 margin in the third quarter as Pellington and Robertson combined for 23 points in the frame. The Sooners posted a .765 (13-of-17) field goal percentage in the third quarter, its best shooting percentage in a quarter in program history.

• Williams scored quickly on the first possession of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit down to 70-64 with 9:45 to play, but that would be as close as the Sooners would get as DePaul hit six straight shots to regain the momentum. Pellington nearly recorded a triple-double for the Sooners, finishing with 19 points, a career-high nine assists and a team-high eight rebounds in 40 minutes.

• Robertson picked up 13 of her 19 points on the third quarter, burying a pair of transition 3-pointers to cut the DePaul deficit in half midway through the frame. The freshman was 3-of-4 from beyond the arc , 5-for-7 from the floor and finished 6-of-7 at the charity stripe against the Blue Demons.

• The Blue Demons bested the Sooners, .494-.431, from the field, while OU limited the nation's top 3-point shooting team to just eight treys. At the free throw line, the Sooners posted a season-best .885 clip (23-of-26). DePaul won the battle on the glass by outrebounding the Sooners, 44-30.


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 three times in the first six weeks of the season.

• Through eight games, Robertson has four 20-point scoring games. The freshman finished with a career-high 27 points at Auburn on Dec. 2. Robertson knocked down seven 3-pointers in back-to-back games at New Mexico and Auburn, the first Sooner to accomplish that feat. She has scored at least 10 points in each game this season.

• Robertson made at least two 3-pointers in seven straight games to start the season, the second-best streak in school history (Aaryn Ellenberg made multiple 3-pointers in nine straight games to begin the 2010-11 season). Robertson ranks first nationally in 3-pointers per game (4.44) and second in 3-point field goals made (40).

• Robertson's eight 3-pointers against WKU in the Sooners' season opener set an OU single-game record for a freshman, besting the previous mark of seven held by Morgan Hook (Stephen F. Austin, 2010-11) and Derica Wyatt (UT-Arlington, 2013-14). The McPherson, Kan., native is just one of OU six players to make eight or more 3-pointers in a single game since 2000.

• Robertson already ranks eighth all-time on OU's freshman record list with 40 made 3-pointers. Ellenberg holds the OU freshman record with 94 treys in 2010-11.

• Among Power 5 teams, Robertson, 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.


OFFENSE SHOWS PROMISE

• Despite having one of the youngest starting lineups in the country, the Sooners have continued to be one of the nation's top offenses. OU is averaging 77.7 points per game this year, which is fifth in the Big 12 and 44th nationally. The Sooners are 34th in Division I in field goal percentage (.456).

• OU's top six scorers are all underclassmen and 96 percent of OU's points come from freshmen or sophomores.


THE DUAL THREAT

• Freshman guard/forward Madi Williams has made an immediate impact for the Sooners offensively and on the glass. She has recorded 10 rebounds in four games and is averaging a double-double so far this season with 13.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. The Fort Worth, Texas, product ranks sixth nationally among Division I freshmen in rebounds per game.

• Williams recorded her second double-double of the season at Auburn last Sunday, finishing with 10 points and a season-high 16 rebounds. Williams has four games with at least 10-plus rebounds this year. The freshman is tied for third in the Big 12 with 10.4 rebounds per game this season.


UP NEXT

The Sooners wrap up non-conference play on Saturday against SMU in Dallas. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. CT.  OU won last year's meeting in Norman, 87-75, over SMU. 

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