Sooners Take on No. 3 Baylor Monday Night
MONDAY'S GAME BASICS
Oklahoma (12-11, 7-5 Big 12) begins a three-game road swing on Monday as the Sooners travel to No. 3/3 Baylor (21-1, 11-0 Big 12) with tip-off set for 8 p.m. CT. OU's last win over the Lady Bears came in Norman on Feb. 25, 2015. In the first meeting of the season on Jan. 14, the Sooners limited Baylor to 74 points, the fewest points scored by the Lady Bears in a Big 12 game this season.
ON THE AIR
Monday's game will be televised on the Fox Sports 1 with Ron Thulin and Missy Heidrick on the call. The contest will also air on the Sooner Radio Network with Brian Brinkley and McKenna Treece calling the action.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Oklahoma and Baylor meet for the second time this season after the Lady Bears took the first matchup on Jan. 14 in Norman, 74-52. The Sooners are 10-12 in Waco all-time and have handed Baylor seven of its 22 home losses since the 1999-00 season. OU's last victory at Ferrell Center came on Jan. 28, 2009.
• Freshman guard Ana Llanusa led OU in Saturday's 76-57 victory over No. 21/21 West Virginia, tying a career high with 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Llanusa's 27 points are the most points scored by a Big 12 freshman in a league game this season and her six 3-pointers set a career high. She joins Courtney Paris (six times) and Aaryn Ellenberg (twice) as the only three freshmen in the Sherri Coale era to score 27 points or more twice during their first collegiate season.
• Senior center Vionise Pierre-Louis has seen a surge in her production over the last five contests, averaging 16.6 points and a team-best 11.6 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game. Pierre-Louis has picked up double-doubles three times in the last five games for the Sooners and has scored in double figures in 10 consecutive games.
• Monday's game marks the 10th time OU has faced an AP top-25 opponent this season. The Sooners are 2-7 against top 25 foes during the 2017-18 season, defeating then No. 16 South Florida on Dec. 16 and No. 21 West Virginia on Saturday. Vionise Pierre-Louis is averaging 15.8 points and 9.1 rebounds a game against ranked teams, while Ana Llanusa is averaging 15.6 points per contest.
• A win would mark the Sooners' first road win over a top-25 opponent since defeating then No. 21 Iowa State, 75-54, in Ames on Jan. 21, 2014.
GAME 23 RECAP: WEST VIRGINIA
• Oklahoma used a strong defensive effort as freshman Ana Llanusa scored 27 points to help the Sooners defeat No. 21/21 West Virginia, 76-57, on Saturday. Llanusa made a career-high six 3-pointers and tied her career high with 27 points. The freshman scored 15 of her 27 points in the first half, while finishing 6-of-10 from beyond the arc. Llanusa also added six rebounds in 40 minutes.
• Vionise Pierre-Louis had 13 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots, as the senior moved into third place all-time at OU with 201 career blocks. Maddie Manning chipped in 12 points, three assists and three rebounds. Gabbi Ortiz became the third player in school history to hit 200 career 3-pointers, hitting her lone triple in the second quarter. Ortiz finished with nine points and a team-high four assists.
• After OU led by five at the half, West Virginia tied the game at 35-35 midway through the third quarter. The Sooners responded quickly with a 7-0 run to take the lead for good and never looked back. The Sooners shot .594 (16-of-27) from the field in the second half to stretch its lead out to 22 with 3:15 to go.
• The Mountaineers were limited to 8-of-27 (.296) shooting in the second half as OU forced 22 West Virginia turnovers. The Sooners also logged 10 blocks, which tied a season high. Ijeoma Odimgbe matched her career high with three blocks off the bench. OU finished with a .509 field goal percentage and shot .409 from deep, hitting 9-of-22 from 3-point range against the Mountainners.
Gabbi Ortiz hit her 200th career 3-pointer in Saturday's win over No. 21/21 West Virginia.
• Baylor enters Monday's game leading the nation in field goal percentage defense (.310), rebounding margin (+19.4), rebounds per game (50.2) and defensive rebounds per game (35.0). The Lady Bears are also second nationally in scoring offense (87.6), field goal percentage (.511) and scoring margin (+33.0). Baylor is shooting .511 (first in the Big 12) from the field, .384 (first) from beyond the arc and .707 (fifth) at the free throw line.
• Junior center Kalani Brown ranks first in Division I with a .673 field goal percentage and leads the Lady Bears averaging 20.7 points per game (ranks second in the Big 12 and 21st in the nation). Sophomore forward Lauren Cox leads Baylor with 10.0 rebounds per game and is second on the team in scoring with 15.0 points per contest. Cox also ranks leads the Big 12 with 2.8 blocked shots a game.
• Senior guard Kristy Wallace is averaging 12.2 points per game and ranks fourth in the Big 12 with 5.0 assists a game. Wallace earned ESPNW National Player of the Week honors on Jan. 29 after averaging 26.0 points per game in wins over Texas and West Virginia. Senior forward Dekeyia Cohen is also averaging doubles figures in scoring with 10.7 points per contest.
• Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey is 527-97 in her 18 seasons with the Lady Bears.
• 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 leads the Big 12 in scoring among all freshmen. Llanusa ranks first with 13.0 points per game, while Pellington is averaging 12.7 points a contest.
• Llanusa and Pellington are the only freshman duo in a Power 5 Conference to be the top two scoring freshmen in their respective league.
• Llanusa is averaging 16.6 points per game since Jan. 20 and the Choctaw, Okla. native, has scored in double figures 16 times this season. Against Big 12 competition, Llanusa is averaging 14.0 points per game and shooting .367 from deep.
• In Saturday's win over West Virginia, Llanusa tied her career high with 27 points and set her career high with six made 3-pointers (one shy of tying the OU freshman single-game record). Llanusa's 27 points are the fifth-most scored by an OU freshman in a Big 12 game in school history. She joins Courtney Paris (three times) and Aaryn Ellenberg as the only players to score 27 or more points in a Big 12 game.
• Pellington, the fourth Canadian to play for the Sooners, earned her third Big 12 Freshman of the Week honor of the season last Monday. The freshman has provided a spark for the Sooners offensively in OU's 11 road games, averaging 13.6 points per game and shooting .513 from the field. She has scored 20-plus points in five different games and ranks third nationally among all freshmen with a .504 field goal percentage.
DEFENSE HITS ITS STRIDE
• Over the last five games, the Sooners have kept their opponents from scoring 70 points or less. OU is holding foes to just 60.4 points per contest during that stretch and limiting opponents to a .352 field goal percentage.
• In OU's last two wins, the Sooners have limited its opponents to 53.0 points per game and a .314 shooting percentage. The Sooners are averaging 9.5 blocks per game during the stretch.
The Sooners continue their three-game road swing at Kansas on Saturday. OU won the previous meeting between the two teams on Jan. 24 in Norman, 97-64. The game will air on ESPN3 and tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT.