Pack the LNC Pink as OU Takes on No. 21 WVU

Tyler Pigg
By Tyler Pigg
Director of Communications

21/21 West Virginia
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Feb. 3 | 2 p.m. | Norman, Okla.

#PLAY4KAY GAME BASICS

Oklahoma (11-11, 6-5 Big 12) wraps up a two-game homestand on Saturday as No. 21/21 West Virginia (17-5, 5-5 Big 12) visits the Lloyd Noble Center at 2 p.m. CT. Saturday's contest will also mark OU's annual "Play4Kay" game. OU looks to carry the momentum from its 68-49 victory over Kansas State on Wednesday, while West Virginia did not play during the midweek after falling to No. 3/3 Baylor, 83-72, in Morgantown last Sunday.

ON THE AIR

Saturday's game will be televised on the Fox Sports Oklahoma with Chad McKee, Dan Hughes 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/PROMOTIONS

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 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. OU students will be admitted free with a valid school I.D.

#PLAY4KAY

Fans are encouraged to wear pink to Saturday's game in support of OU's annual "Play4Kay" game. The first 2,000 fans will receive pink light-up batons. 


FIVE THINGS TO KNOW

• Oklahoma and West Virginia meet for the first time this season as the Sooners host the No. 21/21 Mountaineers in Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday. The Mountaineers lead the all-time series, 8-6, but OU has won the last three matchups in Norman dating back to the 2014-15 season. OU prevailed last season at home against West Virginia with a 90-87 victory in double overtime.

• Saturday's contest marks Oklahoma's annual Play4Kay game, celebrating awareness of women's cancer and the Kay Yow
Cancer Fund. The Sooners will wear their pink Nike uniforms during Saturday's matchup with West Virginia. OU head coach Sherri Coale has played a vital role in the Kay Yow Cancer Fund since its inception and currently serves as the president of the organization.

• Senior center Vionise Pierre-Louis has seen a surge in her production over the last four contests, averaging 16.3 points and a team-best 13.0 rebounds per game. Pierre-Louis has picked up double-doubles three times in the last four games for the Sooners. The senior finished with 26 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks in Wednesday's win over Kansas State.

• OU's Shaina Pellington was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Week for the second straight week and third time overall this season on Monday. Pellington is averaging 17.2 points per game and ranks third nationally with a .507 field goal percentage among Division I freshmen this season.

• With one more 3-pointer, senior guard Gabbi Ortiz can become the third Sooner in school history to record 200 or more made treys during their career. Aaryn Ellenberg (376, 2011-14) and Erin Higgins (268, 2003-07) are the only two players to accomplish the feat in OU history.


GAME 22 RECAP: KANSAS STATE

• Senior center Vionise Pierre-Louis finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds to secure her eighth double-double of the season as Oklahoma dominated Kansas State, 68-49, at home Wednesday to record the 800th win in program history. The Sooners and Wildcats played a 10:30 a.m. game for OU’s fourth annual Sooner Jr. Fan Field Trip Day. OU welcomed over 7,000 third through sixth graders from across the state of Oklahoma for an educational day complete with exposure to Division I women’s basketball.

• Pierre-Louis recorded her fourth 20-point scoring game of the season on 9-of-15 shooting and added four blocks. The senior helped the Sooners build a 32-25 halftime lead by scoring 15 points in the game’s first 20 minutes. Pierre-Louis has picked up double-doubles three times in the last four games for the Sooners.

• Ana Llanusa and LaNesia Williams each scored 11 points and combined for 11 rebounds. Llanusa has scored in double figures in five consecutive games, while Williams finished 4-of-7 from the field in 21 minutes off the bench.

• The Sooners put the game away by holding the Wildcats to just 10 points in the third quarter. OU jumped out to a 41-28 lead midway through the frame and never looked back. Oklahoma led by as many as 26 points in the final quarter en route to a season sweep of the Wildcats. The Sooners dominated the glass, 51-35, and picked up 14 offensive rebounds. OU’s 51 rebounds were the most by the Sooners in a Big 12 game this season.

Play4Kay

The Sooners will wear their Nike "Play4Kay" pink uniforms during Saturday's game against West Virginia. 

PREVIEWING WEST VIRGINIA

• West Virginia is 17-5 overall and 5-5 in Big 12 play. The Mountaineers rank second in the Big 12 in scoring defense this season, holding opponents to 59.3 points per game. Offensively, West Virginia is averaging 76.6 points a contest (fifth in the Big 12) on .463 field goal shooting (fourth), .366 3-point shooting (third) and .692 free throw shooting (seventh). The Mountaineers rank 19th nationally in assists per game (17.6), 25th in blocked shots per contest (5.2) and lead the Big 12 with 10.7 steals per game.

• Senior forward Teanna Muldrow leads the Mountaineers, averaging 20.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Muldrow's scoring average currently ranks third in the league and the senior is fourth in the Big 12 in rebounding. In Big 12 play, Muldrow is averaging 18.7 points per game, while pulling down 9.5 rebounds per contest.

• Junior guard Naomi Davenport is averaging a team-best 19.3 points per game in conference play and is shooting .443 from beyond the arc against Big 12 foes. Davenport also leads the Big 12 with 2.7 3-pointers per game in conference action. Junior guard Katrina Pardee is third on the team in scoring with 12.1 points per game. Senior guard Chaina Ray is sixth in the Big 12 with 5.5 assists per game, while averaging 11.2 points a game.

• West Virginia head coach Mike Carey is 363-187 in his 17 seasons with the Mountaineers.


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 13th in the country with a .605 shooting percentage, while averaging career highs of 15.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.

• Pierre-Louis is on pace to lead the Sooners in blocked shots for the fourth straight season, joining LaNae Jones (1993-96), Nicole Griffin (2011-14) and Courtney Paris (2006-09) as the only players to accomplish the feat in program history.

• Over the last nine games, Pierre-Louis is averaging 17.4 points and 10.0 rebounds per game, recording double-doubles three times in the last four contests. Since Jan. 20, the senior has seen her production increase on the glass and is averaging 13.0 rebounds per game.


ELITE SCHEDULE

• The Sooners rank second in the nation in strength of schedule according to RealTimeRPI.com. OU has played eight AP top 25 teams this season and the Sooners' slate down the stretch has at least three more contests against ranked teams.


IMPACT FRESHMAN

• OU’s freshman trio of Ana Llanusa, Shaina Pellington and Mandy Simpson have excelled so far this season. Pellington leads all Big 12 freshmen in scoring at 13.0 points per game, while Llanusa is second with a 12.4 scoring average.

• Llanusa is averaging 15.0 points per game since Jan. 14 and the Choctaw, Okla. native, who has scored in double figures 15 times this season. Against Big 12 competition, Llanusa is averaging 12.9 points per game and shooting .326 from deep.

• Pellington, the fourth Canadian to play for the Sooners, earned her third Big 12 Freshman of the Week honor of the season on 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 is averaging 17.2 points per game over the last five contests. Pellington has scored 20-plus points in five different games and ranks third nationally among all freshmen with a .508 field goal percentage.

• Pellington and Llanusa are the only freshman duo in a Power 5 Conference to be the top two scoring freshmen in their respective league.

• Simpson has made nine starts during the 2017-18 season and won Big 12 Freshman of the Week honors during the opening week of the season with 12 points, five rebounds and three assists against Belmont.


UP NEXT

The Sooners face a quick a turnaround as they travel to Waco, Texas, to take on No. 3/3 Baylor on Monday. The game will tip-off at 8 p.m. CT and air on Fox Sports 1.

For more information on Oklahoma women’s basketball, follow the Sooners on Twitter (@OU_WBBall) or like Oklahoma Sooners Women’s Basketball on Facebook.

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