OU at Iowa State for New Year's Eve Matchup
SUNDAY'S GAME BASICS
The Sooners (5-7, 0-1 Big 12) head to Iowa State in search of their first Big 12 win this season. OU has won in their last two trips to Ames and is 11-15 all-time against the Cyclones in Hilton Coliseum (5-9 in the Big 12 era). Iowa State (7-5, 1-0 Big 12) enters Sunday's game after topping Kansas, 71-69, on Thursday night in overtime. The Cyclones have won four straight games and are 6-1 at Hilton Coliseum this year.
ON THE AIR
Sunday's game will be streamed on Cyclones.tv with Rich Fellingham and Molly Parrott on the call. The contest will also air on the Sooner Radio Network with Ed Murray and McKenna Treece calling the action.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Oklahoma travels to Ames in search of its third straight road win against Iowa State. The Sooners have only won three consecutive games at Hilton Coliseum once in program history (1989, 1992 and 1993). A win would mark the first time the Sooners have earned three wins in a row on the road against the Cyclones during the Big 12 era.
• Graduate student guard Maddie Manning, who is from nearby Ankeny, Iowa, returns home for the final time to play at Hilton Coliseum. In the last meeting between the two teams, Manning scored 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting to guide OU to a 78-63 victory in Norman on Jan. 25, 2017.
• A key in all five of OU's victories this season has been 3-point shooting. The Sooners are averaging 10.4 3-pointers per made game in each win this year and shooting .403 from deep. In its seven losses, OU is shooting just .227 from beyond the arc and averaging just 4.1 treys a game.
• OU's freshmen duo of Ana Llanusa and Shaina Pellington are two of the top three scorers among Big 12 freshmen so far this season. Llanusa is first among Big 12 freshmen at 12.4 points per game, while Pellington is third at 12.1 points a contest. Llanusa is averaging 14.8 points per game since being inserted into the starting lineup on Dec. 6 at South Dakota State. Pellington has seven double-digit scoring performances this season and leads all Big 12 freshmen with a .527 field goal percentage.
• OU is in the middle of a five-game stretch that is arguably the toughest slate that a team will face to close the month of December. After facing three top-20 teams (No. 1 UConn, No. 8 Texas and No. 16 South Florida) to close the month, OU's strength of schedule currently is third in the nation according to RealTimeRPI.com.
GAME 12 RECAP: TEXAS
• Lashann Higgs scored a career-high 25 points and No. 8 Texas won at Oklahoma for the first time since the 2009-10 season, beating the Sooners 88-78 on Thursday night in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.
• Oklahoma had won its last 12 Big 12 openers and is now 19-3 in such games under coach Sherri Coale. The Sooners' last loss in their league opener was on Jan. 5, 2005, at Texas Tech.
• Shaina Pellington scored 16 points and Ana Llanusa and Maddie Manning each added 14 to lead the Sooners. Texas led 26-13 after the first quarter and 41-24 at halftime. By that point, Oklahoma already had committed 11 turnovers -- more than twice as many as Texas.
• Oklahoma pulled within 12 twice early in the third quarter and was within 62-49 after Vionise Pierre-Louis hit two free throws with 9:25 left, but Texas' Ariel Atkins converted a three-point play, then hit a 3-pointer to rebuild Texas' lead to 19 points. Llanusa's basket with 37 seconds left got Oklahoma within 84-76, but two late baskets by Jada Underwood -- her only points of the game -- gave Texas some late cushion.
Gabbi Ortiz leads the Big 12 in minutes played per game (37.0) and free throw percentage (.960).
PREVIEWING IOWA STATE
• Iowa State boasts a 7-5 overall record and opened Big 12 play with a 71-69 overtime win at home against Kansas Thursday. The Cyclones rank seventh in the Big 12 in scoring offense at 72.1 points per game, but lead the conference with 9.3 3-pointers made per game. Iowa State is also third in the league and ranks 15th in Division I with 5.7 blocks per game. The Cyclones are shooting .415 from the field (ninth in the Big 12), .369 from 3-point range (fourth) and .746 at the free throw line (second).
• Junior guard Bridget Carleton, a first-team All-Big 12 selection last season, averages a team-high 19.0 points per game this season. Carleton is the only player in a Power 5 conference to average at least 19.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game this year. The junior has scored in double figures in all 12 games for the Cyclones and led Iowa State with 30 points in Thursday's overtime win over Kansas. Senior guard Emily Durr (9.5 ppg) and freshman forward Madison Wise (9.4 ppg) rank second and third respectively on the team in scoring this season.
• Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly is 472-241 in his 23 seasons with the Cyclones. Fennelly has led the Cyclones to 17 NCAA Tournaments and five Sweet 16 appearances.
GUARD THE ARC
• Iowa State and Oklahoma have been two of the top 3-point shooting teams in the Big 12 era. The Sooners and Cyclones have both made at least 200 3-pointers in each of the last seven seasons -- two of 11 programs in Division I to accomplish that feat.
CLOSING IN ON 1,000 POINTS
• OU's Maddie Manning, Gabbi Ortiz and Vionise Pierre-Louis are all closing in on the 1,000-point mark for their collegiate careers. Manning has 995 points, while Pierre-Louis has scored 990 at OU. Ortiz has 960 career points in 110 career played games and needs 40 points to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
• Seven players have reached the 1,000-point mark for their OU careers in the last five seasons. Those players are: Whitney Hand (2012-13), Aaryn Ellenberg (2013-14), Morgan Hook (2013-14), Nicole Griffin (2013-14) and Sharane Campbell-Olds (2014-15), Kaylon Williams (2015-16) and Peyton Little (2016-17).
PLAYING AT HILTON
• OU goes for its third straight victory in Ames as the Sooners face Iowa State Sunday. The Sooners have never won three consecutive games on the road against the Cyclones in the Big 12 era.
• Maddie Manning will be playing her final game at Hilton Coliseum after growing up in nearby Ankeny, Iowa. In three road games versus the Cyclones, Manning is averaging 11.0 points per contest.
The Sooners return home on Thursday to face TCU inside Lloyd Noble Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma. OU leads the all-time series with the Horned Frogs, 21-4, and is 13-0 against TCU in Norman.