OU Squares Off with No. 24 TCU Saturday
SATURDAY'S GAME BASICS
The Sooners (10-10, 5-4 Big 12) look for their eighth straight win over TCU (14-5, 5-3 Big 12) as OU travels to Fort Worth, Texas, to face the No. 24 Horned Frogs on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT. OU won the first meeting earlier this season between the two teams on Jan. 4 in Norman, 84-71. Since that contest, TCU has won five straight games in conference play.
ON THE AIR
Saturday's game will be televised on the Fox Sports Southwest with Chuck LeMendola and Jada Butts on the call. The contest will also air on the Sooner Radio Network with Brian Brinkley calling the action.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Oklahoma looks for its eighth straight win over TCU as the Sooners travel to Fort Worth on Saturday. OU is 22-4 all-time against TCU and holds a 7-4 advantage in games played in Fort Worth. Since the Horned Frogs joined the Big 12 prior to the 2012-13 season, OU is 10-1 against TCU (career stats against TCU are on page 22 of these notes).
• In Wednesday's win against Kansas, the Sooners scored 97 points and shot .667 (12-of-18) from 3-point range. OU's 97 points tied a program record for the most points scored against a Big 12 foe in school history. Six Sooners scored in double figures for the first time in a Big 12 game since Feb. 28, 2009 at Oklahoma State. Ana Llanusa led OU with 18 points, while Gabbi Ortiz and Shaina Pellington scored 17 apiece.
• OU has featured a balanced offensive attack during league play with five different players averaging at least 12.0 points per game against conference foes. Shaina Pellington and Vionise Pierre-Louis lead OU with 14.4 points a game in conference play, followed by Ana Llanusa at 12.8 points per contest. Maddie Manning (12.3) and Gabbi Ortiz (12.0) are also averaging at least 12 points per game in Big 12 play.
• Sunday's game marks the eighth time OU has faced an AP top-25 opponent this season. The Sooners are 1-6 against top 25 foes during the 2017-18 season, defeating then No. 16 South Florida, 79-74, on Dec. 16 inside Lloyd Noble Center for their first victory over a ranked team this year. Vionise Pierre-Louis is averaging 16.7 points and 8.9 rebounds a game against ranked teams, while Ana Llanusa is averaging 14.1 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 20 RECAP: KANSAS
• Oklahoma started hot and never looked back en route to a 97-64 victory over Kansas Wednesday night at Lloyd Noble Center. Six Sooners scored in double figures against the Jayhawks, led by Ana Llanusa's 18 points. Gabbi Ortiz and Shaina Pellington both added 17 against the Jayhawks as the Sooners cruised to a 33-point win.
• OU hit its first six shot attempts to open the game and posted a .647 clip from the field in the first quarter to help build an early 31-12 lead. The Sooners finished the game with a season-high .583 field goal percentage and posted a season-best .667 clip from 3-point range. The Sooners had the Jayhawks doubled up at halftime, 52-26, and maintained the 26-point lead through three quarters. OU won the rebounding battle, 38-32, finished with 15 assists and scored 20 points off of Jayhawk turnovers.
• Llanusa finished 6-of-14 from the field and 3-of-8 from deep, while leading the Sooners with a team-high seven rebounds and three steals. Ortiz knocked down five triples on six attempts as the senior's .833 3-point shooting percentage set a Lloyd Noble Center record. OU finished with 12 treys in the win, its most in a Big 12 game since burying 14 at Iowa State in 2015.
• Pellington scored in double figures for the 12th time this year and added three assists. Vionise Pierre-Louis finished in double figures for the seventh straight game, scoring 11 of her 13 points in the second half. Maddie Manning hit three triples and finished with 11 points, while LaNesia Williams was 4-of-5 from the floor off the bench, chipping in 10 points and three assists in 18 minutes of action.
Shaina Pellington scored 20 points in OU's win over TCU on Jan. 4 as the Sooners defeated the Horned Frogs, 84-71, in Norman.
• TCU enters Saturday's contest on a five-game winning streak with a pair of victories over top-25 teams during that stretch. The Horned Frogs are 14-5 overall and 5-3 in Big 12 play. TCU leads the Big 12 and ranks 14th in the nation in free throw percentage (.772), while the Horned Frogs are second in the league in field goal percentage (.472) and 3-point shooting percentage (.374), third in 3-pointers per game (7.5) and fourth in scoring offense (79.1).
• Junior forward Amy Okonkwo leads TCU and is sixth in the Big 12 averaging 17.4 points per contest. The junior leads the conference and is seventh in Division I in free throw percentage (.911) and is ninth in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.555). Jordan Moore is second on the team with 14.5 points per game, leads the Horned Frogs with 7.2 rebounds per game and ranks 11th nationally with a .622 field goal percentage.
• Sophmore guard Amber Ramirez is third on the squad with a scoring average of 11.4 points per game and is shooting .396 from beyond the arc this season (ranks eighth in the Big 12). Senior guard Toree Thompson is third in the league with a .421 3-point shooting percentange.
• TCU head coach Raegan Pebley is 62-52 in four seasons with the Horned Frogs and 218-227 in her 15 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
CLICKING ON ALL CYLINDERS
• 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 (.470) and 3-point shooting percentage (.353) in league play.
• The Sooners are the only team in the conference with five different players averaging 12.0 points per game or more during league play. Shaina Pellington and Vionise Pierre-Louis lead OU at 14.4 points per game against Big 12 foes.
• Defensively, OU ranks second in the conference with 9.1 steals per game against Big 12 teams. Gabbi Ortiz is fourth in league play with 2.6 steals per game.
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.
The Sooners return home for early tip-off at Lloyd Noble Center on Wednesday as OU hosts Kansas State for Sooner Jr. Fan Field Trip Day. Tip-off is set for 10:30 a.m. CT and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma.