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Sooners Square Off with Kansas on Wednesday

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Jan. 30 | 7 p.m. | Lawrence, Kan.

WEDNESDAY’S GAME BASICS

Oklahoma (5-13, 1-6 Big 12) looks for its seventh straight win over Kansas (11-7, 1-6 Big 12) as the Sooners travel to Lawrence on Wednesday night to face the Jayhawks. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT from Allen Fieldhouse. The Sooners are 39-30 all-time against Kansas and have won 10 out of the last 11 meetings between the two teams.

ON THE AIR

Wednesday’s game will be streamed on ESPN+ with Josh Klingler (play-by-play) and Brenda VanLengen (analyst) on the call. The contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network (KOKC 1520 AM in Oklahoma City; KREF 99.3 FM/1400 AM in Norman; TuneIn Radio App) with Chris Plank calling the action.


FIVE THINGS TO KNOW

• Oklahoma is 39-30 all-time against Kansas and has won the last six meetings with the Jayhawks. OU head coach Sherri Coale is 25-6 all-time against the Jayhawks during her career. OU has won 22 out of the last 25 meetings with Kansas dating back to 2000 (box scores/cumulative stats from last year’s two matchups are on page 27 of these notes).

• The Sooners rank first in the Big 12 during conference play with 8.7 steals per game. Freshman guard Taylor Robertson leads the Sooners and ranks sixth in the Big 12 with 1.9 steals per game in league play, followed by Ana Llanusa’s 1.7 swipes per contest (ranks eighth in Big 12). Heading into Wednesday’s matchup, Kansas leads the Big 12 in turnover margin (+4.4), averaging just 14.1 turnovers per contest.

• Taylor Robertson ranks fourth in the country with 3.67 3-pointers per game and ranks eighth nationally with 66 made 3-pointers this season. The freshman is second on the Sooners’ freshman record list for 3-pointers made in a single-season. Robertson has made multiple 3-pointers in 15 of 18 games this season. She continues to lead the conference in 3-point shooting percentage (.440) and free throw percentage (.918).

• Sophomore guard Ana Llanusa has been a key part of OU’s offense since her return to action at the start of conference play. Llanusa leads OU and ranks 16th in the Big 12 with 13.1 points per game in conference play. The sophomore scored a career-high 35 points at Iowa State on Jan. 19, the most points scored by a Sooner in a Big 12 game since 2014.

• Oklahoma’s top seven scorers are in their first or second year of Division I basketball with four of the seven being freshmen. Freshman guard Taylor Robertson ranks ninth in the Big 12 in scoring with 16.2 points per game this season and leads the conference with 66 made 3-pointers. Ninety-seven percent of Oklahoma’s scoring comes from its freshmen and sophomore classes.


PREVIEWING KANSAS

• Kansas enters Wednesday’s contest with an 11-7 overall record and a 1-6 mark in Big 12 play after falling to TCU, 58-53, on the road Sunday. The Jayhawks are averaging 66.1 points per game (ranks ninth in the Big 12) on .398 field goal (ninth), .341 3-point (fifth) and .642 free throw (sixth) shooting. Kansas ranks second in the league and 24th nationally, holding foes to a .266 clip from deep. In conference play, Kansas is averaging 60.9 points (ranks 10th in the league) on .352 field goal, .316 3-point (sixth) and .630 free throw shooting (ninth).

• Graduate student guard Jessica Washington leads Kansas in scoring with 15.1 points per game (ranks 11th in the Big 12), while shooting .419 from 3-point range (second). Washington has been named Big 12 Player of the Week twice this season, but has missed the last two games for the Jayhawks.

• Senior guard Kylee Kopatich is second on the squad with 11.5 points per game, while shooting .402 from beyond the arc (ranks sixth in the Big 12. Kopatich scored 19 points and added a career-high six steals in Kansas’ last outing at TCU. Senior guard Christalah Lyons averages 11.3 points and a team-high 3.4 assists per game for the Jayhawks. Lyons is fifth in the league assist-turnover ratio (2.3) and finished with 15 points at TCU on Sunday.

• Brandon Schneider is in his fourth season at Kansas and has a 38-72 record with the Jayhawks. Schneider is 0-6 all-time against the Sooners.

Ana Llanusa

Ana Llanusa averaged 14.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in two games last season against Kansas. 

GAME 18 RECAP: BAYLOR

• Freshman guard Taylor Robertson scored 21 points for Oklahoma, but the Sooners could not overcome No. 2/3 Baylor’s size as the Lady Bears defeated the Sooners, 74-53, on Sunday.

• Robertson finished with her sixth 20-point game of the season, knocked down three triples and finished 5-of-11 from the field and was 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Robertson has made 66 3-pointers this year, which continues to lead the Big 12 and ranks 11th all-time on OU’s single-season list. The freshman’s eight made free throws also set a career high. Freshman forward Madi Williams recorded 11 points and finished with a team-high eight rebounds for the Sooners.

• Baylor’s Juicy Landrum led the Lady Bears with 21 points, while Kalani Brown added 20 points and six rebounds. Chloe Jackson also scored in double figures for Baylor with 10 points, while Lauren Cox led the Lady Bears with 12 rebounds and added two blocks.

• The Sooners were limited to a season-low 53 points on .306 field goal shooting, while Baylor posted a .408 clip from the field. Baylor finished with a 36-8 advantage in the paint. The Lady Bears outrebounded the Sooners, 50-32, and scored 23 second-chance points. OU finished with 25 turnovers, allowing Baylor to score 24 points off of Sooner miscues.


TRACKING T-ROB

• 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 four times this season and leads the conference with a .440 3-point field goal percentage and a .918 free throw percentage.

• Robertson ranks fourth nationally in 3-pointers per game (3.67) and eighth in 3-point field goals made (66). She is on pace to break the Big 12 record for 3-pointers per game, which was set by Laurie Koehn (3.59) of Kansas State during the 2002-03 season.

• Robertson is second on OU’s freshman record list with 66 made 3-pointers. Aaryn Ellenberg holds the OU freshman record with 94 treys during the 2010-11 season. Robertson’s 66 3-pointers are 11th all-time on OU’s single-season list and she needs just two more treys to crack the top 10.

• Through 18 games, Robertson has six 20-point scoring games, finishing with 21 points on Sunday against Baylor. She also led OU with 23 points on 8-for-15 shooting against UConn. Robertson’s 23 points are the most scored by an individual player against the Huskies this season.

• Against ranked opponents, Robertson has thrived. The freshman is averaging 16.6 points and shooting .500 (30-of-60) from 3-point range against top-25 foes.

• Robertson, along with Texas Tech’s Chrislyn Carr and Kentucky’s Rhyne Howard, are the only three freshmen to lead their respective teams in scoring so far this season.

• Robertson set the school record for most consecutive games with a 3-pointer to begin a season, hitting at least one triple in 15 straight games. The freshman’s 15 consecutive games with a 3-pointer is the sixth-best streak ever by a Sooner.


QUICK HITS

• Taylor Robertson became the first player in the Big 12 to win four Big 12 Freshman of the Week honors during non-conference play since Baylor’s Britney Griner accomplished the feat in 2010.

• Robertson leads all freshmen nationally with a .918 free throw percentage, which would rank as the second-best clip in school history by an OU freshman. In league play, Robertson is shooting .957 (22-of-23) from the charity stripe, the best mark among all Big 12 players.

• OU leads the Big 12 in steals per game during conference play, averaging 8.7 swipes per contest. Robertson leads the Sooners with 1.6 steals a game in league action (ranks sixth in the Big 12), followed by Ana Llanusa with 1.7 steals per game (eighth in the Big 12).

• The Sooners rank third in the Big 12 with 9.0 steals per game during the regular season. Tatum Veitenheimer is seventh in the league with 1.8 steals per game.

• 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.

• The Sooners tied for third place in the Big 12 with an 11-7 mark in league play during the 2017-18 season and finished the regular season ranked second in the nation in strength of schedule a year ago. OU has won at least 10 Big 12 games in 12 of the last 13 seasons.


UP NEXT

• The Sooners return home on Saturday to face No. 12/14 Texas inside Lloyd Noble Center at 3 p.m. CT. OU has won five out of the last six matchups at home between the Sooners and Longhorns.

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