Sooners Close Home Slate with Texas Tech
SATURDAY'S GAME BASICS
In sole possesion of third place in the Big 12 standings, Oklahoma (15-12, 10-6 Big 12) goes for its fourth straight win as the Sooners host Texas Tech (7-20, 1-15 Big 12) in their final regular-season home game on Saturday. OU has won 14 straight meetings against the Lady Raiders and defeated Texas Tech, 73-52, in Lubbock on Jan. 10. OU defeated Iowa State on Senior Night, 80-71, on Wednesday. Texas Tech fell to TCU at home on Wednesday and has lost nine straight games in Big 12 play.
ON THE AIR
Saturday's game will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma/Fox College Sports Central with Chad McKee, Bryndon Manzer 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.
Tickets are available starting at $10 at the OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668) and online here. Lloyd Noble Center's north and east ticket windows will open at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. OU students will be admitted free with a valid school I.D.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early as OU's senior class will be recognized before tip-off of Saturday's game with Texas Tech.
SUPER SOONER WEEKEND
The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department has announced a "Super Sooner Weekend" ticket promotion involving OU's nine home athletics events this Friday through Sunday (Feb. 23-25).
Fans who purchase (or who have already purchased) a ticket for any one of OU's home events this weekend may show that ticket at each of the other home events this weekend to gain free admission. The lone exclusion for the free admission offer is Saturday's men's basketball game against Kansas State, which is already sold out. (Fans may show their men's basketball ticket to gain free admittance to the other home competitions.)
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Oklahoma, winners of seven of its last nine games, will play its final home game of the regular season againts Texas Tech on Saturday with tip-off set for noon CT. A win for the Sooners against the Lady Raiders, plus a loss by Oklahoma State on the road at West Virginia would clinch third place in the Big 12 standings for OU.
• Senior center Vionise Pierre-Louis has scored in double figures in 14 straight games and leads the Sooners in Big 12 play by averaging 15.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. Pierre-Louis finished with a game-high 23 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in Wednesday's victory over Iowa State, recording a double-double for the fifth time in the last nine games.
• OU's starting five is averaging at least 12.0 points per game this season, giving the Sooners the only lineup among Power 5 conference teams to score 12 points or more a game. OU's duo of Ana Llanusa and Shaina Pellington are currently the only two freshmen on a Power 5 team to rank No. 1 and No. 2 in scoring among freshmen in their respective league.
• Saturday's game will mark the final regular season home game for OU's Maddie Manning, Gabbi Ortiz, Vionise Pierre-Louis, McKenna Treece and LaNesia Williams. The group has combined to play in three NCAA Tournaments, while earning three All-Big 12 honors over the last two seasons. Ortiz was named the 2015 Big 12 Freshman of the Year and Pierre-Louis claimed the Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2016. Academically, all five seniors have earned three selections to the Academic All-Big 12 during their careers.
• OU's 14-game winning streak over Texas Tech is the longest active winning streak for the Sooners against a Division I opponent. It is the third-longest winning streak ever against a Big 12 opponent for Oklahoma.
GAME 27 RECAP: IOWA STATE
• OU's senior class combined to score 58 of 80 points on Senior Night to help the Sooners top Iowa State, 80-71, inside Lloyd Noble Center Wednesday. Vionise Pierre-Louis scored 19 of her game-high 23 points in the second half, to score in double figures for the 14th straight game. The senior also collected her 10th double-double of the year with 11 rebounds and picked up four blocks. Pierre-Louis finished 8-of-11 from the field and 7-of-8 at the foul line.
• Gabbi Ortiz recorded a near double-double with 16 points and a season-high nine rebounds. The senior was 6-of-9 from the field and hit four 3-pointers, moving into seventh place all-time on OU's single-season list with 80 triples this year. Shaina Pellington poured in 14 on 7-of-11 shooting, while Maddie Manning collected 12 points for her 20th double-figure game of the season. LaNesia Williams chipped in seven points on 3-of-6 shooting.
• The Sooners led the entire game, but were only up three at halftime. OU stormed out of the locker room with a 13-2 run to take control. Pierre-Louis took control in the third quarter, scoring 10 points to push OU's lead into double figures.The Sooners would push their lead to 22 points with 5:01 to play before OU's senior class exited the floor. In the final quarter, the Sooners knocked down 10-of-13 shots.
• OU finished with a .536 (30-of-56) field goal percentage and posted a season-best .929 clip (13-of-14) from the free throw line. The Sooners withstood Iowa State's 14 3-pointers, outscoring the Cyclones, 38-20, in the paint.
Maddie Manning is shoot .487 from the 3-point line over the last eight games.
PREVIEWING TEXAS TECH
• Texas Tech enters Saturday's game with a 7-20 overall record and 1-15 mark in Big 12 play, after falling to TCU, 72-60, in Lubbock on Wednesday. The Lady Raiders average 62.0 points per game (ranks 10th in the Big 12) on .419 field goal shooting (seventh), .282 3-point shooting (10th) and .547 free throw shooting (10th).
• Against Big 12 competition, Texas Tech is averaging 57.1 points per game (ranks 10th in the Big 12) on is shooting .392 (seventh) from the field, .290 (ninth) and .541 (10th) from the foul line. Texas Tech's lone Big 12 win came against Kansas on the road on Jan. 17.
• Senior center forward Jada Terry leads the Lady Raiders in scoring and rebouding at 10.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Terry is averaging 9.4 points per game along with 6.4 rebounds per contest in Big 12 play. In league play, Erin Degrate is averaging 9.3 points a game and shooting .554 from the field, which is third-best mark in the conference.
• Sophmore forward Brittany Brewer ranks ninth in the conference with 1.9 blocks per game. Brewer was recently recognized as a CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection.
• Texas Tech interim head coach Shimmy Gray-Miller is 1-13 since taking over the program on Jan. 1.
IN LEAGUE PLAY
• Since the start of Big 12 play, the Sooners have been one of the top offenses in the league. OU is second in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.460) and third in 3-point shooting percentage (.357) in league play.
• Defensively, OU ranks fourth in the league in scoring defense (68.6) and third in field goal percentage defense (.410). OU is also second in Big 12 play with 4.7 blocks per game and fourth in 7.9 steals per game.
• Over the last nine games, the Sooners have kept their opponents from scoring 74 points or less in regulation. OU is holding foes to just 64.0 points per contest during that stretch and limiting opponents to a .378 field goal percentage.
• In OU's last five wins, the Sooners have held their opponents to 61.2 points per game and a .351 shooting percentage from the floor.
• The transition from moving to off the ball from point guard seems to be paying off for senior Gabbi Ortiz. Ortiz is averaging a career-best 13.1 points a game, while shooting .404 from beyond the arc (ranks fourth in the Big 12) and leads the conference with 3.0 3-pointers per game. The Racine, Wis., native ranks third all-time at OU with 211 career 3-pointers and has made 80 treys this season (seventh-most 3-pointers in OU single-season history).
• Ortiz's 80 3-point pointers made this season lead the Big 12 and rank 24th in Division I. She is also 26th nationally in 3-pointers per game (3.0) and 37th in minutes per game (36.7). The senior has made multiple 3-pointers in 13 of OU's 16 conference games this season.
The Sooners travel to Austin, Texas, for their final Big 12 game of the season against No. 6 Texas. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on FS1.