March 2 | 4:30 p.m. | Norman
SATURDAY’S GAME BASICS
After winning back-to-back games, Oklahoma (8-19, 4-12 Big 12) wraps up its home schedule on Saturday as the Sooners host TCU (19-8, 9-7 Big 12). OU is 15-0 all-time against the Horned Frogs in Norman and leads the all-time series, 22-7. Saturday’s contest marks the final home game for seniors Ijeoma Odimgbe and Gileysa Penzo.
ON THE AIR
Saturday’s game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest with Chad McKee (play-by-play), Dan Hughes (analyst) and Jessica Coody (sideline) 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 Brian Brinkley calling the action.
Tickets are available for $8 at the OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668) and online here. Lloyd Noble Center. OU students will be admitted free with a valid school I.D.
Fans can also use their ticket stub from any event over the weekend for free admission to Saturday’s game.
• Ijeoma Odimgbe and Gileysa Penzo will be honored prior to Satuday’s game with a pregame ceremony. The ceremony is slated to begin at approximately 4:15 p.m.
• Oklahoma women’s basketball is offering a variety of promotions and incentives for OU students the remainder of the Sooners’ home season. OU is introducing discounted concession items and a full slate of giveaways and theme nights. More information can be found here.
• Fans are encouraged to #ArriveSooner to avoid delays into the gates with enhanced screenings. OU’s clear bag policy will also be in efffect. For more gameday tips at Lloyd Noble Center, visit the LNC’s information page.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Oklahoma will plays its final home game of the regular season against TCU on Saturday with tip-off set for 4:30 p.m. CT. The Sooners win honor seniors Ijeoma Odimgbe and Gileysa Penzo prior to Saturday’s game. The duo has been a part of three NCAA Tournament appearances and combined to earn four Academic All-Big 12 selections.
• Sophomore guard Ana Llanusa has led the Sooners in scoring in eight consecutive games and is averaging 26.2 points per game over the last six contests. The sophomore became the first Sooner to score 20-plus points in six consecutive games after picking up her first career double-double with 26 points and 14 rebounds against Oklahoma State in OU’s 75-66 win. In Big 12 play, Llanusa is third in the conference in scoring at 18.6 points per game. Her scoring average would rank seventh all-time for a Sooner in Big 12 play.
• Freshman guard Taylor Robertson continues to lead the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage (.444) and 3-pointers per game (3.2). Her 3.2 3-pointers per game and her 87 3-pointers lead all major conference freshmen. The freshman is second on the Sooners’ freshman record list for 3-pointers made in a single-season and are tied for the fifth-most ever in a single season by an OU player.
• Freshman guard Jessi Murcer has provided the Sooners with an offensive spark at the point guard position. Murcer scored 12 points, added seven rebounds and recorded a career-high seven assists in Monday’s victory over Oklahoma State. The Moore, Okla., native leads all Big 12 guards with a .512 field goal percentage this year.
• The Sooners are 22-7 all-time against TCU and are 15-0 versus the Horned Frogs in Norman. TCU’s coaching staff features two former Sooners: assistant coaches Britney Brown and Abi Olajuwon. Brown won five Big 12 regular season or tournament titles as a Sooner and helped OU to two Sweet 16 appearances. Olajuwon was a part of OU’s 2009 and 2010 Final Four teams and won Big 12 titles in 2007 and 2009.
• TCU enters Saturday’s matchup with a 19-8 overall record and a 9-7 mark in Big 12 play after defeating Kansas, 76-66, on Wednesday. The Horned Frogs are averaging 69.0 points per game (ranks seventh in the Big 12) on .424 field goal (fifth), .313 3-point (eighth) and .637 free throw (ninth) shooting during the regular season. In league play, TCU is averaging 67.7 points per game (fourth) on .404 field goal (fourth), .310 3-point (seventh) and .664 free throw (ninth) shooting. The Horned Frogs lead the Big 12 with 10.0 steals per game, while ranking second with 5.7 blocks per contest.
• Senior center Jordan Moore leads TCU and ranks sixth in the Big 12 with 16.5 points per game this season. Moore is also second in the Big 12 and is 11th nationally with a .600 field goal percentage. The senior also ranks second in the league with 2.4 blocks per game and is averaging 8.1 rebounds per contest (sixth).
• Senior Amy Okonkwo is second on the team with 13.0 points per game (ranks 13th in the Big 12). Okonkwo also averages 5.6 rebounds per game. Junior Kianna Ray provides 10.7 points per contest and is seventh in the Big 12 with 4.0 assists per game.
• Raegan Pebley is in her fifth season at TCU and has a 85-65 record with the Horned Frogs.
Madi Williams leads all Big 12 freshmen with seven double-doubles this season.
GAME 27 RECAP: OKLAHOMA STATE
• Ana Llanusa scored 26 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds to lead Oklahoma to a 75-66 win over in-state rival Oklahoma State on Monday night. Llanusa surpassed the 20-point mark for the sixth straight game, setting a school record.
• Oklahoma grabbed the lead in the opening minute of the game and held it until the Cowgirls made a run midway through the third quarter. Down 43-34 at the 5:55 mark, Oklahoma State outscored the Sooner 13-1 to take the lead at 47-44 with a 1:50 remaining in the period. Llanusa took over from there, scoring nine straight for the Sooners and with the help of freshman guard Jessi Murcer, OU went on an 18-3 run to put the game away. Oklahoma expanded the lead to 12 early in the fourth quarter and prevented Oklahoma State from coming any closer than six the rest of the way.
• Taylor Robertson had 13 points for Oklahoma, Murcer had 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, while Madi Williams added 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Sooners out rebounded the Cowgirls, 55-35.
• The teams split the season series with the Cowgirls winning the earlier meeting in Stillwater. The win snapped a three game win streak for Oklahoma State in the Bedlam series, its longest in more than 20 years. Vivian Gray led Oklahoma State with 17 points, Kassidy DeLapp had 12 and Jaden Hobbs came off the bench to score 11.
ELEVATE WITH ANA
• Sophomore guard Ana Llanusa is enjoying the best stretch of her OU career, leading the Sooners with 26.2 points per game over the last six contests. Llanusa earned her first career double-double with 26 points and 14 rebounds against Oklahoma State on Monday. The sophomore became the first Sooner to ever score 20-plus points in six consecutive games.
• The sophomore is averaging 18.6 points per game during league play, which ranks third in the Big 12. Llanusa’s 18.6 points per contest in Big 12 play ranks as the seventh-best scoring average by a Sooner against conference opponents in a single season.
• The sophomore has led OU in scoring in each of the last eight games. During this stretch, Llanusa’s 31 points at Baylor on Feb. 16 were the most scored by an opposing player against the Lady Bears this season. She finished with 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting in OU’s win over Kansas. Llanusa recorded 33 points, just two shy of her career high, against Kansas State on Feb. 10.
• During the month of February, Llanusa averaged 23.8 points per game and shot .429 from the field, while posting a .385 clip from 3-point range and a .864 mark at the free throw line.
• Llanusa has three 30-point scoring games this season, becoming the first Sooner to accomplish that feat since Courtney Paris during the 2006-07 season. Paris (13), Phylesha Whaley (10), Aaryn Ellenberg (5), Danielle Robinson (4) are the only players to have more 30-point scoring performances in OU history than Llanusa.
• In Big 12 play, Llanusa is shooting .838 from the free throw line (ranks sixth in the Big 12) and .361 from 3-point range (ninth). Llanusa is one of three Big 12 players to score at least 30 points three times in conference play this season, joining Oklahoma State’s Vivian Gray.
• 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 .444 3-point field goal percentage and 3.22 3-pointers per game.
• Nationally, Robertson’s 87 made 3-pointers are the most by a freshmen in Division I.
• Robertson ranks ninth nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (.444) and 15th in 3-pointers made per game (3.22). The freshman’s .444 3-point field goal percentage currently ranks third on OU’s freshman record list and fourth on OU’s single-season list.
• Robertson is second on OU’s freshman record list with 87 made 3-pointers. Aaryn Ellenberg holds the OU freshman record with 94 treys during the 2010-11 season. Robertson’s 87 3-pointers are fifth all-time OU’s single-season list and she needs just five more treys to move into the top three.
• In OU’s win at West Virginia, Robertson finished 6-of-8 from deep and scored 18 points. Robertson’s six 3-pointers were the most made an OU freshman in a Big 12 road game since Ellenberg finished with seven treys at Baylor in 2011.
• Through 27 games, Robertson has six 20-point scoring games. She finished with 21 points against Baylor on Jan. 27. She also led OU with 23 points on 8-for-15 shooting against UConn. Robertson’s 23 points are the most scored by a freshman against the Huskies this season and the third most by an individual player this season.
• Robertson’s 33.1 minutes per game currently ranks first on OU’s freshmen records list.
MURCER TAKES CONTROL
• Freshman Jessi Murcer has seized control of the point guard position in the last 13 games. This season, Murcer’s .512 field goal percentage is the best mark among guards in the league this season. Her .512 clip ranks eighth on OU’s freshmen record list.
• Murcer has started the last 13 games at point guard for the Sooners. Since Feb. 6, the freshman is averaging 12.0 points per contest on .550 field goal shooting.
• In OU’s last two wins, Murcer has played 38.5 minutes per contest. She recorded 14 points, a career-high nine rebounds and five assists in OU’s 80-69 win over West Virginia. In Monday’s Bedlam victory, the Moore, Okla., native provided 12 points, seven rebounds and logged a career-best seven assists.
• Murcer also ranks ninth on OU’s freshman record list with 32 made 3-pointers this year.
The Sooners conclude their Big 12 schedule on Tuesday at Texas Tech. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT from United Supermarkets Arena. The Sooners have won 16 straight meetings against the Lady Raiders.