Sooners Close Big 12 Slate at No. 6/8 Texas

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Tyler Pigg
By Tyler Pigg
Associate Director of Communications
FEBRUARY 26, 2018

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6/8 Texas
Feb. 27 | 6 p.m. | Austin, Texas

TUESDAY'S GAME BASICS

Oklahoma (16-12, 11-6 Big 12) goes for its fifth straight win as the Sooners conclude Big 12 play against No. 6/8 Texas (22-5, 14-3 Big 12) in Austin, Texas on Tuesday night. A win would clinch the No. 3 seed for the Sooners in the upcoming Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships in Oklahoma City. A victory for OU would also mark their first win in Austin since Jan. 5, 2013.

ON THE AIR

Tuesday's game will be televised on Fox Sports 1 with Ron Thulin and Brendan VanLengen 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

• Riding a four-game winning streak, Oklahoma travels to No. 6/8 Texas on Tuesday to conclude its Big 12 slate. A win for the Sooners against the Longhorns or a loss by Oklahoma State versus TCU would clinch the No. 3 seed for OU at the upcoming Big 12 Championships. Texas lead the all-time series, 30-25, and has four won straight meetings over the Sooners in Austin.

• Vionise Pierre-Louis has scored in double figures in 15 straight games and leads the Sooners by averaging 15.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. Pierre-Louis finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and a season-high six blocks in Saturday's victory over Texas Tech, recording a double-double for the sixth time in the last 10 games. Over the last five contests, Pierre-Louis is averaging 17.6 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game.

• Maddie Manning has increased her production during the month of February, scoring 14.0 points per game and shooting .389 from beyond the arc. Manning has scored in double figures in six straight games and finished with 16 points against Texas Tech on Saturday. In Big 12 play, the Ankeny, Iowa, native is shooting a team-best .364 from 3-point range (ranks eighth in the conference).

• 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. OU's last victory over an AP top 10 team on the road came on Jan. 28, 2009 against Baylor (won 56-51, in Waco).

• Tuesday's game marks the 11th time OU has faced an AP top 25 opponent this season, which leads all Big 12 teams. OU is facing an AP top 10 foe for the sixth time this season, which is tied with Kentucky for the most contests against AP top 10 teams this year.


GAME 28 RECAP: TEXAS TECH

• Senior center Vionise Pierre-Louis picked up her third straight double-double, freshman guard Ana Llanusa scored 17 points and graduate student guard Maddie Manning added 16 as the Sooners defeated Texas Tech, 79-61, inside Lloyd Noble Center Saturday. The Sooners led the entire way and jumped out to a 24-4 lead after the first quarter to earn their fourth straight win and 15th consecutive victory over Texas Tech.

• Pierre-Louis led OU with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while recording a season-high six blocks and career-high four steals. The senior became the first Sooner to record double-doubles in three straight games since Kaylon Williams in 2015. The Lake Worth, Fla., native finished 5-of-10 from the field and 9-of-11 at the foul line.

• Llanusa scored 14 of her 17 points in the first half and finished 6-of-15 from the field with a pair of treys. The freshman also added six rebounds and tied her career high with three steals. Manning finished with 16 points and four steals against the Lady Raiders. The Ankeny, Iowa, native has scored 10-plus points in six straight games for the Sooners. Ijeoma Odimgbe tied her career high with nine rebounds and scored six points off the bench.

• After jumping out to a 23-point lead at the half, Texas Tech slowly trimmed OU's advantage down in the second half. Manning sealed the game with a corner 3-pointer in transition to end Texas Tech's late charge in the fourth quarter. LaNesia Williams knocked down a pair of 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter to help the Sooners extend their advantage late.

Ijeoma Odimgbe

Ijeoma Odimgbe tied her career high with nine rebounds versus Texas Tech Saturday. 

PREVIEWING TEXAS

• Senior center Vionise Pierre-Louis picked up her third straight double-double, freshman guard Ana Llanusa scored 17 points and graduate student guard Maddie Manning added 16 as the Sooners defeated Texas Tech, 79-61, inside Lloyd Noble Center Saturday. The Sooners led the entire way and jumped out to a 24-4 lead after the first quarter to earn their fourth straight win and 15th consecutive victory over Texas Tech.

• Pierre-Louis led OU with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while recording a season-high six blocks and career-high four steals. The senior became the first Sooner to record double-doubles in three straight games since Kaylon Williams in 2015. The Lake Worth, Fla., native finished 5-of-10 from the field and 9-of-11 at the foul line.

• Llanusa scored 14 of her 17 points in the first half and finished 6-of-15 from the field with a pair of treys. The freshman also added six rebounds and tied her career high with three steals. Manning finished with 16 points and four steals against the Lady Raiders. The Ankeny, Iowa, native has scored 10-plus points in six straight games for the Sooners. Ijeoma Odimgbe tied her career high with nine rebounds and scored six points off the bench.

• After jumping out to a 23-point lead at the half, Texas Tech slowly trimmed OU's advantage down in the second half. Manning sealed the game with a corner 3-pointer in transition to end Texas Tech's late charge in the fourth quarter. LaNesia Williams knocked down a pair of 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter to help the Sooners extend their advantage late.


PRESENCE IN THE POST

• Vionise Pierre-Louis has continued to improve each year at OU and the senior is putting up career numbers so far during the 2017-18 season. The senior is ninth in the country with a .612 shooting percentage, while averaging career highs of 15.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game.

• In Big 12 play, Pierre-Louis is averaging 15.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game, recording double-doubles six times in the last 10 contests. She leads the Big 12 in conference play with 2.8 blocks a game.

• Pierre-Louis' .612 field goal percentage currently ranks fourth on OU's all-time single season list and would rank 10th all-time in the Big 12.

• The senior has scored in double figures in 15 straight games, the longest streak by a Sooner since Kaylon Williams finished with 10-plus points in 16 consecutive contests in 2016.


GUESS WHO'S BACK, BACK AGAIN ...

• Maddie Manning is back for the Sooners after receiving a sixth-year of eligibility prior to the start of the 2017-18 season. Manning was granted another year of eligibility after missing the first two seasons of her collegiate career due to ACL surgery. The graduate student guard has scored in double figures 21 times in 28 games this season.

• Manning helped fuel OU's comeback win at West Virginia, finishing with 17 points and six rebounds in 45 minutes. She gave the Sooners the lead to close the third quarter with a mid-range jumper and hit three 3-pointers against the Mountaineers. Over the last six games, Manning is averaging 14.0 points per contest and is shooting.424 from the field and .389 from deep.


UP NEXT

The Sooners will play Saturday in the 2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla., inside Chesapeake Energy Arena (opponent, time and seed to be determined).

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