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Sooners Face Clemson Friday at Junkanoo Jam

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Nov. 23 | 6:45 p.m. | Bimini, Bahamas

FRIDAY’S GAME BASICS

Oklahoma wraps up the Junkanoo Jam on Friday against Clemson. The Sooners (2-2) fell Thursday to UAB, 89-84, while Clemson (2-3) was defeated 78-66 by No. 11/11 Tennessee. Friday’s matchup marks the first meeting between the two programs.

OU is making its fourth appearance at the Junkanoo Jam and boasts a 6-3 record at the event.

ON THE AIR

Friday’s game will be streamed live on FloSports. The contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network with Taylor Maples calling the action.


FIVE THINGS TO KNOW

• Oklahoma concludes the Junkanoo Jam on Friday as it takes on Clemson at 6:45 p.m. CT from Bimini, Bahamas. The Sooners are in the midst of a five-game road swing as they meet the Tigers for the first time. OU is 8-7 all-time against current members of the ACC.

• The Sooners are making their fourth appearance at the Junkanoo Jam. The Sooners won the Reef Division at the event in 2015 defeating Boston College and Utah with former Sooners Peyton Little and Kaylon Williams earning all-tournament honors. OU is 6-3 all-time at the Junkanoo Jam.

• Freshman guard/forward Madi Williams is one of five Big 12 players to average a double-double so far this season. Williams is averaging 15.0 points and 11.3 rebounds per contest through four games this season. Against UAB, Williams 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 20 3-pointers through the first four games of the season and ranks second nationally with 5.0 3-pointers per game and third with 20 treys this season. The freshman ranks second in the Big 12 with 19.8 points per game. Robertson ranks fourth nationally among freshmen in scoring this season.

• 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.


GAME FOUR RECAP: UAB

• Oklahoma dropped its opener at the Junkanoo Jam on Thursday, falling to UAB, 89-84, in Bimini, Bahamas. The Sooners could not overcome UAB’s 12 3-pointers as OU fell to 6-3 all-time at the Junkanoo Jam.

• Freshman Madi Williams led the Sooners with a season-high 22 points and eight rebounds. Williams finished 7-of-13 from the floor and was 8-of-9 from the charity stripe against the Blazers. The freshman scored 19 of her 22 points in the second half. Jessi Murcer and Taylor Robertson both scored 17 points. Murcer was 7-of-10 from the field and also added a career-high eight rebounds off the bench in 31 minutes of action. Robertson finished 4-of-10 from the field with two treys, but was a perfect 7-of-7 at the free throw line. The McPherson, Kan., native also pulled down three rebounds and recorded two assists. Sophomore guard Shaina Pellington added 12 points, three assists and three steals.

• The Sooners grabbed an early lead on the opening tip-off as Pellington quickly scored with a lay-in off the glass. UAB responded and took the lead for good, knocking down six treys in the first half to build a six-point halftime lead. Williams opened the second half with eight points as OU tied the game at 55-55 with 3:55 to play in the frame, but the Blazers scored the final five points of the third quarter to take a seven-point lead into the final stanza. Williams brought the Sooners within one point of the Blazers, sinking a pair of free throws at the 1:09 mark in the fourth quarter. UAB responded with 3-pointer from Deanna Kuzmanic and closed out the game at the free throw line.

• OU finished with a .484 shooting percentage, while posting a season-low .176 clip from 3-point range. The Sooners edged UAB on the glass, 38-37, and recorded a season-low 11 turnovers. UAB finished with a .485 field goal clip, knocking down 12-of-36 (.333) from deep and posting a .765 mark at the free throw line.

Jessi Murcer

Jessi Murcer has scored 10-plus points in each of the last three games. 

PREVIEWING CLEMSON

• Clemson boasts a 2-3 overall record this season. The Tigers were tied with No. 11 Tennessee after three quarters in their Junkanoo Jam opener before ultimately falling to the Lady Vols. Senior guard Danielle Edwards and graduate student guard Simone Westbrook both scored 19 points against Tennessee on Thursday.

• Junior post Kobi Thornton leads the Tigers in scoring at 15.6 points per game and rebounding at 7.8 rebounds per contest. Westbrook ranks second on the team averaging 13.2 points a game, while Edwards is third on the squad at 10.8 points per contest.

• The Tigers are led by first-year head coach Amanda Butler. Butler has a 232-162 record in 12 seasons as a head coach with previous stops at Florida and Charlotte. Butler has made 10 postseason appearances in her 12 seasons as a head coach, including four NCAA Tournament berths.


UP NEXT

• OU travels to New Mexico to face the Lobos at 8 p.m. CT from The Pit. The Sooners defeated New Mexico, 105-63, inside Lloyd Noble Center. OU leads the all-time series, 10-2. 

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