OU Faces Road Test at K-State
SATURDAY'S GAME BASICS
Oklahoma (5-7, 1-0 Big 12) makes its first road trip in Big 12 play and heads to Manhattan to face Kansas State (9-4, 0-1 Big 12) on Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT inside Bramlage Coliseum. The Sooners have won 19 out of the last 22 meetings against the Wildcats and are 25-6 in regular season matchups with K-State during the Big 12 era.
ON THE AIR
Saturday's game will be televised on Fox College Sports Central with Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and Missy Heidrick (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.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Oklahoma is 39-26 all-time against Kansas State and has won 18 out of the last 22 meetings against the Wildcats. Since the formation of the Big 12, OU is 25-6 against the Wildcats in regular season Big 12 games. The Sooners won the season series against the Wildcats a year ago, including a 76-71 win over K-State in Manhattan (combined stats and box scores from last year's games against Kansas State are on page 25 of these notes).
• Freshman guard Taylor Robertson, who is a native of McPherson, Kan., makes her firsts trip back to her home state. She leads the country with 4.5 3-pointers per game and ranks second nationally with 54 made 3-pointers this season. The freshman has scored at least 20 points in five of OU's 12 games this year and already is tied for fourth on the Sooners' freshman record list for 3-pointers made in a single-season. Robertson has made multiple 3-pointers in 11 of 12 games this season.
• Oklahoma's top six scorers are in their first or second year of Division I basketball with four of the six being freshmen. Freshman guard Taylor Robertson ranks fourth in the Big 12 in scoring with 18.4 points per game this season and leads the conference with 54 made 3-pointers. Robertson and freshman Madi Williams (13.9) rank inside the top 15 in the Big 12 in points per game. Ninety-six percent of Oklahoma's scoring comes from its freshmen and sophomore classes.
• Sophomore guard Shaina Pellington has paced the Sooners offensively over the last five games, averaging 18.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists per contest. Pellington finished with a team-high 18 points in OU's win over Texas Tech. The sophomore scored 10 points in the final frame, including the go-ahead bucket.
• 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 10.2 rebounds per contest through this year. Williams is third nationally in rebounding among Division I freshmen and has recorded double-doubles in three straight games.
• Kansas State is 9-4 overall and 0-1 in Big 12 play. The Wildcats fell in their Big 12 opener, 96-58, at Iowa State on Wednesday. The 96 points allowed by the Wildcats were their most ever given up in a Big 12 game. K-State averages 63.9 points per game (ranks 10th in the Big 12) on .424 field goal (ninth), .295 3-point (10th) and .717 free throw shooting (third). The Wildcats are riding a seven-game home winning streak inside Bramlage Coliseum.
• Junior forward Peyton Williams leads K-State in scoring and rebounding at 14.4 and 9.8 rebounds per game. The junior ranks fifth in the Big 12 in rebounding and 12th in the league in points per game. Williams has recorded six double-doubles this season and has scored in double figures 11 times for K-State. Williams is also a two-sport athlete and also competes on K-State's volleyball team.
• Senior guard Kayla Goth leads the Big 12 and ranks 12th nationally with 6.3 assists per game. She also ranks second on the squad with 12.0 points per contest. Goth is responsible for 45 percent of Kansas State's made field goals, accounting for 82 assists and 55 field goals made.
• Kansas State head coach Jeff Mittie is 88-58 in his five seasons with the Wildcats. Mittie holds a 542-293 all-time record in 27 seasons as a collegiate head coach. He is 5-15 versus the Sooners during his career.
Madi Williams has earned three straight double-doubles. She finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds against Texas Tech.
GAME 12 RECAP: TEXAS TECH
• Trailing by as many as 14 in the third quarter, the Oklahoma women's basketball team rallied to take down Texas Tech, 66-61, Wednesday night at Lloyd Noble Center. With OU down one with just over four minutes to play, Shaina Pellington cut off a Texas Tech inbound pass and drove to the basket for the go-ahead layup. The victory marked OU's 16th straight win over the Lady Raiders.
• The Sooners, who outscored Texas Tech 27-15 in the final frame, used a 20-4 run over a five-minute span to secure the victory. The Lady Raiders jumped out to a 14-point lead early in the third quarter, but the OU trimmed the deficit down to final heading into the final frame.
• Pellington tallied a team-high 18 points, while freshman Madi Williams collected a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Pellington scored 10 of her 18 points in the final quarter to propel the Sooners. The sophomore was 8-of-16 from the field and added five rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks.
• Taylor Robertson recorded 17 points and a season-high seven rebounds. The freshman knocked down three 3-pointers in her first Big 12 game and has made at least one trey in each game this season. Ana Llanusa tallied 11 points and six rebounds in her first game back since Nov. 9. The sophomore knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the second half to help OU's comeback effort.
• 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 in the first eight weeks of the season.
• Robertson ranks first nationally in 3-pointers per game (4.50) and second in 3-point field goals made (54). She is on pace to smash 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 also ranks fourth in the Big 12 in scoring at 18.4 points per game.
• Through 12 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 has made a trey in 12 consecutive games, which is the second-longest streak in OU history to begin a season. Aaryn Ellenberg holds the OU record with 14 games with at least one 3-pointers to start a season (2010-11).
• 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 is tied for fourth on OU's freshman record list with 54 made 3-pointers. Ellenberg holds the OU freshman record with 94 treys during the 2010-11 season.
• 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.
WELCOME BACK ANA
• OU's young roster received a boost on Wednesday with the return of sophomore guard Ana Llanusa. In her first game since Nov. 9, Llanusa added 11 points, six rebounds and three assists of the bench in 25 minutes. The sophomore missed 10 games due to foot surgery.
• 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 23 career starts and appeared in 32 career games.
ELEVATING HER GAME
• After becoming the seventh OU player to win Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2018, Shaina Pellington has continued excel 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 16.9 points per game and has a team-high 3.7 assists per contest.
• Pellington has scored in double figures in 11 of OU's 12 games this season, ranking sixth in the Big 12 with 17.0 points per game. She paced OU's comeback win on Wednesday against Texas Tech, scoring 10 points in the final frame, while finishing with five rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks against the Lady Raiders.
• Over the last five games, Pellington is averaging 18.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists per contest.
The Sooners travel to Austin, Texas, on Wednesday to face No. 13/12 Texas inside the Erwin Center. The game will be televised on the Longhorn Network and tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT.
OU looks to snap a two-game losing skid to Texas won the season series a year ago. A win for the Sooners would mark their first victory in Austin since 2013.