WEDNESDAY'S GAME BASICS
No. 22/25 Oklahoma (12-4, 3-1 Big 12) completes a two-game road swing on Wednesday night as the Sooners take on Iowa State (10-5, 1-3 Big 12) inside Hilton Coliseum. A win for the Sooners would mark their second straight victory in Ames over the Cyclones. Last season, OU rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat Iowa State, 77-71, on Jan. 30, 2016.
ON THE AIR
Wednesday's game will be streamed online at Cyclones.tv. The contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network with Chris Plank calling the action.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Oklahoma and Iowa State meet for the 61st time in series history Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT inside Hilton Coliseum. The Sooners lead the all-time series, 36-24, and are 10-15 in Ames (4-9 in the Big 12 era) against the Cyclones. OU swept the season series last year between the two teams for the first time since the Big 12 went to a double round-robin schedule prior to the 2012-13 season (box scores/cumulative stats from last year's two meetings are on page 15 of these notes).
• Peyton Little is just five points away from becoming the 32nd player in OU history to surpass the 1,000-pooint mark as a Sooner. Little has scored 995 points at OU since joining the program after transferring from Texas A&M before the 2013-14 season. The redshirt is also just two 3-pointers away from moving into 10th in school history in made 3-pointers. She leads the Sooners in scoring at 13.6 points per game.
• Wednesday's game marks a homecoming for Oklahoma's Shaya Kellogg and Maddie Manning. Kellogg, who is a native of Ames, Iowa, has played in 57 games as a Sooner and appeared in six games this season. A native of nearby Ankeny, Iowa, Manning ranks second on the team in scoring with 12.6 points per game. She currently leads the Big 12 in steals per game (2.6) and is 10th in the conference in minutes played (31.3).
• Since the start of conference play, OU has seen its offensive production increase dramatically. The Sooners rank second in the Big 12 in scoring with 82.2 point per game and boasts the league's top 3-point shooting percentage at .420 (29-of-69). Gabbi Ortiz, who has scored 15.5 points over the last two games, is shooting .571 from 3-point range in the last four contests.
• The Sooners will look to limit Iowa State's opportunities at the foul line as the Cyclones rank second in Division I with a .811 free throw percentage this season. The Cyclones' Jadda Buckley leads the nation with a .962 clip from the charity stripe.
GAME 16 RECAP: WEST VIRGINIA
• No. 20/24 Oklahoma could not overcome a slow start Sunday on the road at No. 17/16 West Virginia, falling, 83-73, to the Mountaineers at WVU Coliseum. Down 42-25 at halftime, OU mounted a comeback effort in the third quarter and eventually trimmed the deficit down to just five points at the 8:53 mark in the final frame, but West Virginia responded with five quick points to push its advantage back to double figures.
• Peyton Little scored a team-high 17 points and finished with five rebounds, while Gabbi Ortiz added in 13 of her 15 points in the second half. Little is now just nine points away from becoming the 32nd Sooner to record 1,000 career points at Oklahoma.
• T'ona Edwards contributed 11 points to finish in double figures for the fifth time this season. Vionise Pierre-Louis recorded nine points and a team-high six rebounds off the bench.
• Despite 22 turnovers, West Virginia posted a .525 (32-61) shooting percentage, while the Sooners finished with a .403 clip (27-of-67) from the floor. The Mountaineers made the most of their chances from beyond the arc, knocking down 10 treys against OU. Oklahoma was 7-of-20 (.350) from deep with Little and Ortiz hitting three triples apiece. The Mountaineers also won the rebounding battle, 41-33.
PREVIEWING IOWA STATE
• Iowa State, who picked up its first win in Big 12 play on Sunday over Kansas, enters Wednesday's game with a 10-5 overall record and 1-3 mark in the league. The Cyclones lead the Big 12 and rank second in the country in free throw percentage, shooting .811 from the charity stripe. Iowa State is shooting .427 from the field (ranks eighth in the Big 12) and .364 (fourth) from beyond the arc. The Cyclones average 80.3 points per game (second), while holding foes to 67.7 points a contest (ninth). Iowa State ranks fourth in the Big 12 with 16.7 assists per game. and boasts three of the Big 12's top seven scorers this season.
• Senior guard Seanna Johnson leads three Cyclones who average double figures scoring. The senior is averaging 17.9 points (second in the Big 12) and 7.8 rebounds (eighth) per contest, while shooting .448 from the floor, .357 from deep and .778 at the charity stripe. Junior guard Jadda Buckley is averaging 15.1 points (sixth in the league) and a team-high 6.1 assists per game (second in the Big 12). Buckley leads the nation with a .962 free throw percentage.
• Sophomore guard Bridget Carleton adds in 14.8 points per game and ranks seventh in the conference in scoring. Carleton has made a team-high 31 3-pointers this season.
• Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly is 457-228 in his 22 seasons with the Cyclones. Fennelly holds a 623-281 all-time record in 28 seasons as a collegiate head coach. He has led Iowa State to 16 NCAA Tournament berths.
The Sooners rank sixth in Division I in blocked shots this season with 98 rejections.
LITTLE CLIMBING THE CHARTS
• Peyton Little is closing in on a pair of milestones for her OU career. The redshirt senior needs just five points to become the 32nd player to score 1,000 points at Oklahoma. She is also just two 3-pointers away from passing Stacey Dales for tenth in career 3-pointers made.
• Over the last four games, Little leads the Sooners in scoring with 16.3 points per contest (fifth in the conference in scoring) and has played 39.5 minutes per game - the highest average among Big 12 players in league action.
• Little won OU's second Big 12 Player of the Week honor of the season on Jan. 2 by averaging 20.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists, helping OU to double-digit wins over Kansas and TCU. The Abilene, Texas, native chipped in 15 points and set a season high with eight rebounds at Kansas. In OU’s victory over TCU, Little finished with a season-best 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting.
• The Sooners are 8-0 this season and have won 29 straight games win posting a higher shooting percentage than their opponent. OU has also earned 25 consecutive victories (8-0 in 2016-17) when the Sooners win the rebounding and turnover battle against their competition.
• Through 16 games, the Sooners have nearly doubled their block total from this time last season. OU has logged 98 blocks (6.1 per game) thise season, which ranks sixth in Division I. The Sooners finished 136th in the nation a year ago with 112 blocked shots (3.4 per game). At this point last season, OU had just 52 blocks (3.3 blocks per game). The Sooners are also just 15 blocks away from breaking into OU's top-10 list for most blocks in a single season.
• OU's 18 points, six made field goals and .857 field goal percentage in overtime against Kansas State all set Coale era records. The win marked OU's first OT victory over a top-25 opponent since defeating Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament on March 28, 2010 in the Sweet 16.
• Nancy Mulkey earned Big 12 and USBWA National Freshman of the Week Awards on Jan. 2 with 13 blocked shots in OU’s first two leagues games, while averaging 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. In her first career start at Kansas, Mulkey nearly finished with a triple-double, picking up career highs of 14 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks against the Jayhawks. She followed her performance by recording a team-high six blocks in against TCU in 16 minutes. Mulkey finished 4-of-5 from the field and scored eight points versus the Horned Frogs
• Maddie Manning's 10 steals against Portland State on Dec. 21 rank as the most by a Division I player in a single game this season and the most by an OU player in one game since 1996.
• The Sooners have been ranked in the AP Poll for 32 consecutive weeks (tied for the 10th-longest active streak in the country). OU has been ranked in the AP poll 252 times under Sherri Coale.
Oklahoma returns home on Saturday to host Texas Tech at 2 p.m. CT inside Lloyd Noble Center. The game will air live on Fox Sports Oklahoma. The Sooners have won 11 straight meetings against the Red Raiders.