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Road Swing Continues Wednesday at New Mexico

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Nov. 28 | 8 p.m. | Albuquerque, N.M.

WEDNESDAY’S GAME BASICS

Oklahoma plays its fourth straight game away from home as it travels to face New Mexico on Wednesday. The Sooners (2-3) are 4-1 all-time against the Lobos (3-1) in Albuquerque and have won six consecutive matchups against New Mexico.

OU is 17-6 against current members of the Mountain West Conference.

ON THE AIR

Wednesday’s game will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network. The contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network with Brian Brinkley calling the action.


FIVE THINGS TO KNOW

• Oklahoma has won all six matchups against New Mexico during the Sherri Coale era. The Sooners’ six-game winning streak against the Lobos is tied for the third longest active winning by OU against a Division I opponent. OU defeated New Mexico last season, 105-63, in Norman behind 27 points from Ana Llanusa. The Sooners are 10-2 all-time versus the Lobos.

• Freshman guard/forward Madi Williams is one of five Big 12 players to average a double-double so far this season. Williams is averaging 13.8 points and 11.2 rebounds per contest through five games this year. Against UAB, The freshman scored 19 of her career-high 22 points in the second half against the Blazers and tied for the team lead with eight rebounds. Williams is tied for fifth nationally in rebounding among freshmen.

• Freshman guard Taylor Robertson has knocked down 22 3-pointers through the first five games of the season and ranks third nationally with 4.4 3-pointers per game and third with 20 treys this season. The freshman is third in the Big 12 with 17.4 points per game. Robertson also ranks fifth nationally among freshmen in scoring this season.

• Freshman guard Jessi Murcer has scored in double figures in all four games she has played in the season, ranking third on the team with 14.0 points per game. The Moore, Okla., product made her first career start on Friday versus Clemson and is shooting a team-best .417 from 3-point range.

• The Sooners earned their 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance last season and tied for third place with an 11-7 mark in the Big 12. The Sooners return two starters from last year’s squad: sophomore guard Ana Llanusa (12.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg) and sophomore guard Shaina Pellington (13.1 ppg, 2.2 apg). Pellington was the 2018 Big 12 Freshman of the Year and both players were selected to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team along with earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selections.


PREVIEWING NEW MEXICO

• New Mexico enters the contest with a 3-1 record after defeating Houston, 89-84, on the road on Sunday. The Lobos are averaging 79.8 points per game and are shooting .419 from the field, from .310 from beyond the arc and .681 from the free throw line. New Mexico ranks fifth in Division I averaging 7.0 blocks per game. The Lobos are 14th nationally with 47.2 rebounds per game.

• Senior center Jaisa Nunn leads the Lobos in scoring, averaging 20.8 points a contest. Nunn ranks 14th in Division I with a .646 field goal percentage and is 28th nationally in points per game. Senior forward Nike McClure is averaging 2.8 blocks per contest this season, a mark that ranks 13th among Division I players.

Redshirt junior guard Aisia Robertson leads the nation with 10.0 assists per game and is also third on the team with 16.0 points per game.

• The Lobos are led by third-year head coach Mike Bradbury. Bradbury has a 43-27 record in his three seasons as head coach at New Mexico. He previously served as the head coach at Wright State (2011-16) and Morehead State (2008-10).

Tatum Veitenheimer

Tatum Veitenheimer finished with a career-high six assists off the bench against Clemson on Friday. 

GAME FIVE RECAP: CLEMSON

• Oklahoma fell its final game at the Junkanoo Jam as Clemson defeated the Sooners, 74-62, in Bimini, Bahamas on Friday. The Tigers closed the first half on a 16-0 run and the Sooners were unable to cut down the deficit in the second half.

• Shaina Pellington led the Sooners with 11 points, while Jessi Murcer added 10 points in her first career start. Pellington was 5-of-12 from the field with four assists against the Tigers. Murcer, who has scored in double figures in four consecutive games, was 4-of-6 from the field in 23 minutes. Madi Williams recorded nine points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Mandy Simpson chipped in eight points and seven rebounds, while Taylor Robertson added eight points. Ijeoma Odimgbe finished with seven points and seven rebounds as the senior made her first career start.

• Clemson outscored the Sooners by a 26-10 margin the second quarter to build a 16-point lead at the intermission. OU rallied in the third quarter to trim the deficit down to 63-57 heading into the final frame, but it could not get closer. The Tigers were led in scoring by Danielle Edwards, who finished with 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting. Edwards also added in a game-high four steals. Clemson’s Kobi Thornton added a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

• OU outshot Clemson, .426-.424, from the field, but the Sooners were limited to 6-of-25 (.240) shooting from beyond and a .450 clip (10-of-22) from the free throw line. The Sooners recorded 17 assists as Tatum Veitenheimer led all players with six assists. Clemson took advantage of 27 OU turnovers, scoring 25 points off Sooner miscues.


T-ROB TREYS

• Taylor Robertson has quickly made her mark as one of the top 3-point shooters in the country so far this season. She has also won Big 12 Freshman of the Week twice in the first three weeks of the season. Robertson has made 22 3-pointers this season and is just four triples shy of moving into the top 10 on OU’s freshman record list for 3-point field goals.

• Robertson’s eight 3-pointers against WKU in the Sooners’ season opener set an OU single-game record for a freshman, besting the previous mark of seven held by Morgan Hook (Stephen F. Austin, 2010-11) and Derica Wyatt (UT-Arlington, 2013-14). Robertson’s eight treys were one shy of tying the OU single-game record. The McPherson, Kan., native is just one of six players to make eight or more 3-pointers in a single game since 2000.

• Robertson has made at least two 3-pointers in each this game. She ranks third nationally in 3-pointers per game and sixth in Division I in 3-point field goals made. She also boasts a perfect 1.000 free throw percentage.


QUICK HITS

• Oklahoma enters the season with seven freshmen on its roster, the most for an OU team since the 2002-03 season which featured eight freshmen. The Sooners are one of two Power 5 teams (Boston College) with seven freshmen on their roster. Among all Division I teams, OU (seven), Boston College (seven), FAU (eight) and Wichita State (eight) are the only four teams with more than seven freshmen on their roster to begin the 2018-19 season.

• In OU’s season opener, Tatum Veitenheimer and Madi Williams became the first pair of OU freshmen to start the first game of the regular season in the Sherri Coale era. Veitenheimer and Williams are the 11th and 12th freshmen to start a season opener, respectively, under Coale.

• The average age of OU’s 12-member squad is 19.1 years old, which is tied for third nationally among all Division I teams with Georgia Tech. Only UMBC and SMU have a younger roster by average age than the Sooners (19.0).

• Oklahoma’s run of 19 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances ranks as the longest active streak by a team in the Big 12 and the fifth-best active streak among Division I women’s basketball teams. OU’s 19 straight NCAA bids is the ninth longest streak all-time in Division I. Only Tennessee (37), Stanford (31), Connecticut (30) and Notre Dame (23) have made more consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament than the Sooners.


UP NEXT

OU will wrap up its five-game road swing as it takes on Auburn in the 2018 SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Sunday. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. CT from Auburn Arena and the game will be televised on the SEC Network.

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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