OU Rolls to Easy Win Over Kansas
|Points||Osorio - 17||Llanusa - 18|
|Rebounds||3 tied - 4||Llanusa - 7|
|Assists||Benoit - 3||3 tied - 3|
|Steals||2 tied - 2||Llanusa - 3|
|Blocks||2 tied - 1||2 tied - 2|
NORMAN — Oklahoma started hot and never looked back en route to a 97-64 victory over Kansas Wednesday night at Lloyd Noble Center.
Six Sooners (10-10, 5-4 Big 12) scored in double figures against the Jayhawks (11-9, 2-7 Big 12), led by Ana Llanusa's 18 points. Gabbi Ortiz and Shaina Pellington both added 17 against the Jayhawks as the Sooners cruised to a 33-point win.
OU hit its first six shot attempts to open the game and posted a .647 clip from the field in the first quarter to help build an early 31-12 lead. The Sooners finished the game with a season-high .583 field goal percentage and posted a season-best .667 clip from 3-point range.
Llanusa finished 6-of-14 from the field and 3-of-8 from deep, while leading the Sooners with a team-high seven rebounds and three steals. Ortiz knocked down five triples on six attempts as the senior's .833 3-point shooting percentage set a Lloyd Noble Center record. OU finished with 12 treys in the win, its most in a Big 12 game since burying 14 at Iowa State in 2015.
Pellington scored in double figures for the 12th time this year and added three assists. Vionise Pierre-Louis finished in double figures for the seventh straight game, scoring 11 of her 13 points in the second half.
Maddie Manning hit three triples and finished with 11 points, while LaNesia Williams was 4-of-5 from the floor off the bench, chipping in 10 points and three assists in 18 minutes of action.
Gileysa Penzo also nearly finished in double figures, scoring nine first-half points against Kansas.
The Sooners had the Jayhawks doubled up at halftime, 52-26, and maintained the 26-point lead through three quarters. OU won the rebounding battle, 38-32, finished with 15 assists and scored 20 points off of Jayhawk turnovers.
Kansas shot .431 from the field, .400 from 3-point range and .462 at the foul line. Brianna Osorio led the Jayhawks with 17 points, while Austin Richardson recorded 13 on 5-of-10 shooting.
OU hits the road on Saturday to face No. 24/24 TCU in Fort Worth at 2 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest.
NOTES & NUGGETS
- Oklahoma's 97 points tied a school record for points scored in a Big 12 game (97, vs. TCU, 2015). The Sooners' 52 first-half points set a school record for a Big 12 game, breaking the previous mark of 51 scored against Baylor in 2001 (twice).
- Gabbi Ortiz has made 64 3-pointers this season, just one shy of cracking the top 10 in OU single-season history. Ortiz has made at least five 3-pointers in seven games this season.
- Ortiz's .833 3-point shooting percentage (5-of-6) set a Lloyd Noble Center record, breaking Margaret McKeon's previous mark set in 1988 vs. Nebraska (.778).
- Maddie Manning passed Nicole Griffin (1,088) for 33th place on OU's all-time scoring list. Manning has 1,092 career points.
- Vionise Pierre-Louis has scored in double figures in each of the last seven games.
- Ana Llanusa now ranks 10th on OU's freshman list for made 3-pointers with 25, passing Stacey Dales (24, 1998-99).
- Shaina Pellington has scored in double figures in 12 of 19 games this season, averaging 19.7 points over the last three contests.
- OU has made at least 10 3-pointers in five different games this season. The Sooners' 12 treys against Kansas marked the most by an OU team since hitting 14 at Iowa State in 2015.
- The Sooners have won five straight games against Kansas. OU leads the all-time series, 38-30.