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Sooners Open Junkanoo Jam with UAB

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Nov. 22 | 4:15 p.m. | Bimini, Bahamas

THURSDAY’S GAME BASICS

Oklahoma and UAB meet for the second time in series history as the Sooners open the 2018 Junkanoo Jam in Bimini, Bahamas. OU looks to rebound after falling late to No. 21/21 USF on Sunday in Tampa. The Blazers are off to a 3-0 start and rank in the top-30 nationally in scoring offense at 85.0 points per game.

OU is making its fourth appearance at the Junkanoo Jam and boasts a 6-2 record at the event.

ON THE AIR

Thursday’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 continues its five-game road swing and opens play at the 2018 Junkanoo Jam on Thursday against UAB in Bimini, Bahamas. Thursday’s contest marks the second-ever meeting between the Sooners and Blazers. OU and UAB both rank in the top 30 in scoring offense nationally. The Blazers average 85.0 points per game (ranks 27th in Division I), while OU averages 84.3 per contest (ranks 29th nationally).

• 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 6-2 all-time at the Junkanoo Jam.

• Sophomore guard Shaina Pellington leads all Big 12 players with 21.7 points per game this season. Pellington set the program record for points in a season opener, scoring 33 points against Western Kentucky. The sophomore led the Sooners with 24 points in OU’s 93-56 win over Northwestern State. Pellington has 21 double-figure scoring games in 34 career games played.

• Freshman guard Taylor Robertson has knocked down 18 3-pointers through the first three games of the season and ranks first nationally with 6.0 3-pointers per game. Robertson’s 18 treys are the most 3-pointers made by a Sooner in the first three games of the year. The freshman ranks second in the Big 12 with 20.7 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.


PREVIEWING UAB

• UAB enters Thursday’s matchup with a 3-0 overall record after topping Chicago State, 90-45, on Tuesday. The Blazers are off to a 3-0 start for the second straight season. UAB was the preseason pick to win the Conference USA regular season championship. The Blazers are limiting their opponents to 53.3 points per game this season and holding their foes to .189 clip from deep (ranks 15th nationally).

• Senior guard Deanna Kuzmanic leads the Blazers in scoring at 15.7 points per game. The senior ranks 20th in Division I with a .704 field goal percentage. Junior guard Myah Barnes is averaging a team-best 7.7 assists per game, which leads C-USA and is sixth nationally.

• Junior forward Rachael Childress provides the Blazers with 14.7 points per game, while Katelynn Thomas averages 11.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest.

• The Blazers are led by sixth-year head coach Randy Norton. Norton is 93-66 in his six seasons with UAB. Under his direction, the Blazers won the 2018 C-USA regular season title and advanced to the second round of the 2018 WNIT.

Mandy Simpson

Mandy Simpson led the Sooners with 10 rebounds and a career-high six assists at USF.

ROBERTSON REPEATS

• Taylor Robertson was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Week for the second time in as many weeks. The freshman averaged 19.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in OU’s two contests last week. Robertson scored 20 points in OU’s win over Northwestern State, while recording 18 points at USF.

• 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’s 18 3-pointers are the most made by a Sooner to open a season through three games. She has made at least four triples in each game and ranks first nationally with 6.0 3-pointers per contest.


THE TRIPLE THREAT

• Sophomore guard Shaina Pellington spent the offseason improving her range from the outside. The hard work has paid off as Pellington scored a career-high 33 points in the season opener against WKU. Pellington’s 33 points are the most by a Sooner in a season opener in program history. The sophomore’s 33 points are the most points scored by a Big 12 player so far this season and are tied for 16th all-time on OU’s single-game scoring list.

• Pellington earned her ninth 20-point scoring game of her career, finishing with 24 points on 11-of-21 shooting versus Northwestern State. She currently leads the Big 12 with 28.5 points per game and ranks third nationally in scoring average.


FILLING THE STAT SHEET

• Sophomore guard Shaina Pellington spent the offseason improving her range from the outside. The hard work has paid off as Pellington scored a career-high 33 points in the season opener against WKU. Pellington’s 33 points are the most by a Sooner in a season opener in program history. The sophomore’s 33 points are the most points scored by a Big 12 player so far this season and are tied for 16th all-time on OU’s single-game scoring list.

• Pellington earned her ninth 20-point scoring game of her career, finishing with 24 points on 11-of-21 shooting versus Northwestern State. She currently leads the Big 12 with 28.5 points per game and ranks third nationally in scoring average.


UP NEXT

• OU will face either Clemson or Tenneseee in its next game at the Junkanoo Jam. If the Sooners win, they will face the winner of the Clemson/Tennessee matchup on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT. If the Sooners lose, they will face the loser of the Clemson/Tennessee matchup on Friday at 6:45 p.m. CT.

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