Field Trip Day, K-State Up Next for the Sooners

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Tyler Pigg
By Tyler Pigg
Associate Director of Communications
JANUARY 30, 2018

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Jan. 31 | 10:30 a.m. | Norman, Okla.

WEDNESDAY'S GAME BASICS

Oklahoma (10-11, 5-5 Big 12) returns home Wednesday for Sooner Jr. Fan Field Trip Day at 10:30 a.m. CT against Kansas State (12-9, 4-6 Big 12). Over 7,000 elementary school students from around the state will attend Wednesday's game. OU is also looking for its 11th straight home win over K-State.

ON THE AIR

Wednesday's game will be televised on the Fox Sports Oklahoma with Toby Rowland, Brenda VanLengen and Jessica Coody on the call. The contest will also air on the Sooner Radio Network with Brian Brinkley and McKenna Treece calling the action.

FIELD TRIP DAY INFORMATION

Seating is available for season ticket holders and general fans in sections LE3-LE6. Season ticket holders that RSVP’ed received wristbands allowing them access to this section. A limited number of wristbands will still be available at the game.

Seating in this section is general admission. All other sections of the arena have been reserved for elementary school students. For parking information, click here.


FIVE THINGS TO KNOW

• Oklahoma is 38-26 all-time against Kansas State and has won 18 out of the last 21 meetings against the Wildcats. Since the formation of the Big 12, OU has won 24 of the last 31 meetings between the two teams. The Sooners have won 10 straight matchups against the Wildcats at Lloyd Noble Center and are 20-8 against K-State in Norman (career stats against Kansas State are on page 22 of these notes).

• Wednesday's game features a 10:30 a.m. tip-off as OU hosts the fourth annual Sooner Jr. Fan Field Trip Day. Over 7,000 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, 89-52, in last year's Field Trip Day game.

• In the first meeting between the two teams on Jan. 17, OU finished with a .566 shooting percentage as Gabbi Ortiz led the Sooners with 20 points. The senior knocked down six 3-pointers in the victory, finishing 7-of-13 from the floor against the Wildcats. Vionise Pierre-Louis added 18 points and a career-high six assists, while Shaina Pellington recorded 16 points and a season-high six assists.

• OU's Shaina Pellington was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Week honors for the second straight week and third time overall this season on Monday. Pellington is averaging 19.5 points per game and ranks second nationally with a .518 field goal percentage among Division I freshmen this season.

• With three more 3-pointers, Gabbi Ortiz can become the third Sooner in school history to record 200 or more made treys during their career. Aaryn Ellenberg (376, 2011-14) and Erin Higgins (268, 2003-07) are the only two players to accomplish the feat in program history.


GAME 21 RECAP: TCU

• Oklahoma fell 62-58 to No. 24/24 TCU on Saturday inside Schollmaier Arena. The Sooners led 50-47 with 5:16 to play, but an 8-0 run by the Horned Frogs gave TCU the lead for good down the stretch. Gabbi Ortiz cut the deficit down to 58-56 with 38 seconds left, but the Sooners could not mount a late comeback. Amber Ramirez's nine points during the game's final two minutes sparked TCU's late run.

• Shaina Pellington scored a game-high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting, her fourth straight game in double figures. The freshman was 7-of-14 from the field and 5-for-9 at the free throw line, while adding three rebounds and two assists. Vionise Pierre-Louis picked up her 17th career career double-double, finishing with 12 points and 14 rebounds. The senior also tied her season high with five blocks in 33 minutes. Pierre-Louis now ranks 10th all-time at OU in double-doubles. Ana Llanusa was 6-of-15 from the field and added 12 points. Ortiz had a near double-double with 10 points and a season-high nine rebounds in 40 minutes of action.

• OU took its first lead of the game in the third quarter and stretched its advantage to five at the beginning of the final frame. TCU answer with three treys in the fourth quarter and shot .538 from the field in the game's final 10 minutes. The Sooners outshot the Horned Frogs, .351-.328, but TCU finished with a .389 clip (7-of-18) from deep while OU shot just .235 (4-of-17) from 3-point range. At the free throw line, TCU was 13-of-14 as OU finished 14-of-22 (.636) at the stripe. Both teams recorded seven blocks, while OU finished with a 48-35 advantage on the glass.

Gabbi Ortiz

Gabbi Ortiz is threes triple away from becoming the third player in school history to make 200 career 3-pointers.  

PREVIEWING KANSAS STATE

• Kansas State is 12-9 overall and 4-6 in Big 12 play. The Wildcats are coming off a 63-59 overtime win against Kansas on Sunday, which snapped a three-game losing streak. K-State averages 67.9 points per game (ranks seventh in the Big 12) on .414 field goal (sixth), .315 3-point (sixth) and .704 free throw shooting (fourth). In Big 12 play, the Wildcats are averaging 64.4 points per game and shooting .391 from the field.

• Junior guard Kayla Goth leads the Wildcats in points per game (16.5) and assists per game (6.7) this season. Goth's 6.7 assists per contest leads the Big 12 and ranks 11th nationally, while her 16.5 points per contest ranks eighth in the conference.

• Sophomore forward Peyton Williams averages 14.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game this season. The sophomore scored 23 points against OU in the previous meeting between the two teams back on Jan. 17 in Manhattan. Williams also lettered on K-State's volleyball team in 2017 and is the only volleyball/women's basketball player in the country this season.

• Freshman Rachel Ranke ranks third among Big 12 freshmen in scoring, averaging 11.7 points per game. Ranke is second in the league with 2.8 3-pointers per game.

• Kansas State head coach Jeff Mittie is 73-47 in his four seasons with the Wildcats. Mittie holds a 527-282 all-time record in 26 seasons as a collegiate head coach. He is 5-14 versus the Sooners during his career.


IN LEAGUE PLAY

• Since the start of Big 12 play, the Sooners have been one of the top offenses in the league. OU ranks second in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.459) and third in 3-point shooting percentage (.341) in league play.

• Defensively, OU ranks second in the conference with 8.7 steals per game against Big 12 teams. Gabbi Ortiz is fourth in league play with 2.3 steals per game.


ELITE SCHEDULE

• The Sooners rank second in the nation in strength of schedule according to RealTimeRPI.com. OU has played eight AP top 25 teams this season and the Sooners' slate down the stretch has at least three more contests against ranked teams.


GOING FOR 800

• OU is one win away from reaching the 800-win mark in program history. The Sooners would be the 44th program in Division I to accomplish the feat. Of the Sooners' 799 all-time wins, 475 victories (59.4 percent) have occured during the Sherri Coale era.


IMPACT FRESHMAN

• Oklahoma is the only school in the Big 12 to have each freshman win the league's Newcomer of the Week award this season. Shaina Pellington became the third Sooner freshman to win the award on Jan. 2 and repeated by winning the award in back-to-back weeks. Mandy Simpson (Nov. 13) and Ana Llanusa (Dec. 18) have also won the award this season.

• The duo of Ana Llanusa and Shaina Pellington lead the Big 12 in scoring among all freshmen. Pellington ranks first with 13.2 points per game, while Llanusa is averaging 12.5 points a contest.


UP NEXT

The Sooners host No. 20/21 West Virginia for their annual Play4Kay game on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma. Tickets are available here.

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