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Oklahoma Sooners

 

Overall Rank: #29

Conference Rank: #3 Big 12

 

 Oklahoma has been to the NCAA Tournament every season since 2000. But with a 16-15 record last season, it was probably the closest call during that long stretch. There are some reasons for concern this year with the departure of Vionise Pierre-Louis, Maddie Manning and Gabbi Ortiz. Those three were all double digit scorers and Pierre-Louis was a dominating force in the paint. Once again Coach Sherri Coale has brought in more than enough talent to replace the lost players, but the talented group of freshmen will need to be ready to contribute right away.

 

2017-18 Record: 16-15, 11-7

2017-18 Postseason: NCAA

Coach: Sherri Coale

Coach Record: 481-242 at Oklahoma, 481-242 overall

 

Key Departed Players (starters in bold)

Vionise Pierre-Louis, Center, 15.9 ppg

Maddie Manning, Guard, 12.6 ppg

Gabbi Ortiz, Guard, 12.4 ppg

LaNesia Williams, Guard, 4.6 ppg

 

Key Returning Players (starters in bold)

Shaina Pellington, Sophomore, Guard, 13.1 ppg

Ana Llanusa, Sophomore, Guard, 12.6 ppg

Mandy Simpson, Sophomore, Forward, 2.3 ppg

Gileysa Penzo, Senior, Guard, 2.2 ppg

Ijeoma Odimgbe, Senior, Forward, 2.1 ppg

 

Key New Players

Clary Donica, Freshman, Forward

Nydia Lampkin, Freshman, Forward

Jessi Murcer, Freshman, Guard

Taylor Robertson, Freshman, Guard

Tatum Veitenheimer, Freshman, Guard

Madi Williams, Freshman, Guard/Forward

Aspen Williston, Freshman, Center

 

Projection:

Sophomore guards Shaina Pellington and Ana Llanusa are suddenly the experienced players on the team. Pellington proved to be a very effective scorer attacking the basket, while Llanusa can emerge as a decent all-around scoring threat with more consistency on her outside shot. Mandy Simpson started a few games as a freshman. The only other two players returning are seniors Gileysa Penzo and Ijeoma Odimgbe. That means this roster consists of three sophomores, two seniors who did not play much last season and seven freshmen. This bodes well for the future, but is a cause for concern this season. But those freshmen are pretty good. Madi Williams, a 6-0 wing, is one of the best freshmen in the country and should be a major scoring threat from day one. If players like guards Tatum Veitenheimer and Taylor Robertson can live up to their potential, Oklahoma could compete for a Big 12 title despite the lack of experience.

 

Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA

 

By the Numbers:

Scoring Offense: 76.0 (32th in nation, 4th in conference)

Scoring Defense: 72.7 (320, 9)

Field-Goal Percentage: 44.1 (40, 5)

Field-Goal Defense: 41.8 (266, 8)

Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 6.4 (122, 6)

Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 33.4 (102, 6)

Free-Throw Percentage: 69.3 (202, 8)

Rebound Margin: 1.2 (146, 6)

Assists Per Game:12.8 (198, 9)

Turnovers Per Game: 15.4 (158, 9)

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