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Feb. 23 | 3 p.m. | Morgantown, W. Va.

SATURDAY’S GAME BASICS

Oklahoma (6-19, 2-12 Big 12) heads to Morgantown to face West Virginia (19-6, 10-4 Big 12) on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT. The Sooners won their first road contest at West Virginia last season, 79-77, in overtime. The Mountaineers have won eight out of their last 10 games heading into Saturday’s game.

ON THE AIR

Saturday’s game will be televised on AT&T SportsNet with Robbie Incmikoski (play-by-play) and Meg Bulger (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 Brian Brinkley calling the action.


FIVE THINGS TO KNOW

• Oklahoma and West Virginia conclude its season series as the Sooners travel to Morgantown, W. Va. for a Saturday afternoon matchup with the Mountaineers. Since the Mountaineers joined the Big 12 prior to the 2012-13 season, the series is tied 8-8 between OU and West Virginia. The Mountaineers took the first meeting of the season, 66-56, in Norman on Jan. 13.

• Last season, Oklahoma claimed its first road win against West Virginia as Vionise Pierre-Louis’ tip-in at the buzzer gave the Sooners a 79-77 overtime victory. OU trailed by as many as 20 points in the first half, before rallying to earn the win. The Sooners’ victory marked the second-largest comeback win in program history.

• Sophomore guard Ana Llanusa has led the Sooners in scoring in six consecutive games and is averaging 26.3 points per game over the last four contests. The sophomore finished with 20 points against Iowa State on Wednesday, becoming the first Sooner since Peyton Little during the 2014-15 season to finish with four straight 20-point games. The last OU player to score 20-plus points in five consecutive games was Courtney Paris, who accomplished the feat during the 2007-08 season.

• In Big 12 play, Llanusa is fourth in the conference in scoring at 17.6 points per game. Her scoring average would rank ninth all-time for a Sooner in Big 12 play. Against Big 12 foes, the sophomore is shooting .820 at foul line (ranks ninth in the Big 12) and .348 from beyond the arc (11th).

• Taylor Robertson continues to lead the Big 12 in free throw percentage (.912). 3-point field goal percentage (.430) and 3-pointers per game (3.1). Her 3.2 3-pointers per game lead all major conference freshmen this season, while her 77 3-pointers rank second. The freshman is second on the Sooners’ freshman record list for 3-pointers made in a single-season. The freshman’s .430 3-point shooting percentage is fourth currently on OU’s single-season list.


PREVIEWING WEST VIRGINIA

• West Virginia enters Saturday’s matchup with a 19-6 overall record and a 10-4 mark in Big 12 play after defeating Oklahoma State, 77-54, on Wednesday night in Stillwater. The Mountaineers are averaging 71.8 points per game (ranks fourth in the Big 12) on .429 field goal (fourth), .378 3-point (first) and .731 free throw (second) shooting. West Virginia is first in the Big 12 and ranks ninth nationally in scoring defense, holding foes to just 54.8 points per contest. The Mountaineers are fifth in Division I in field goal percentage defense (.342).

• Redshirt junior guard Tynice Martin is averaging 17.6 points per game during the regular season, while adding 5.6 rebounds per contest. The redshirt junior is third in the Big 12 with a .400 3-point field goal percentage, while ranking fifth in the league with a .832 clip at the free throw line. Martin is also second in the conference with 2.5 3-pointers per game.

• Senior guard/forward Naomi Davenport ranks second on the team with 14.2 points a game, while leading West Virginia with 7.8 rebounds per contest. Freshman guard Madisen Smith leads all Big 12 freshmen and is sixth in the conference with 4.1 assists per game.

• Mike Carey is in his 18th season at West Virginia and has a 398-200 record with the Mountaineers.

Jessi Murcer

Jessi Murcer leads all Big 12 guards with a .513 field goal percentage this season. 

GAME 25 RECAP: IOWA STATE

• Oklahoma fell 91-70 to No. 20/21 Iowa State on Wednesday morning inside Lloyd Noble Center. The morning matchup was played in front of 8,000 area elementary school students for the annual Sooner Jr. Fan Field Trip Day.

• Sophomore Ana Llanusa led the Sooners with 20 points, marking the sixth consecutive game she has paced OU in scoring. She finished 6-for-16 with a pair of 3-pointers and six made free throws, registering her seventh straight performance with double-digit points. Llanusa has scored 20-plus points in the four straight games. Shaina Pellington and Jessi Murcer also finished in double-figures, chipping in 14 points apiece. Pellington scored a dozen of her points in the second half. OU’s Madi Williams registered a game-high 12 rebounds, but the Cyclones won the rebounding battle 41-37.

• Overall, the Cyclones outshot the Sooners by a .479-.429 clip, including a .333-.313 mark behind the arc. Bridget Carleton led all scorers with 28 points, while adding 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Kristin Scott added 16 points, while Madison Wise poured in 13 points and hit four treys.

• After the Sooners built a narrow 10-9 lead in the first quarter, the Cyclones closed the frame on a 13-5 run to earn a seven-point lead. The Sooners tied the game at 29-29 late in the second quarter, but Iowa State used an 8-0 run to close the first half.


ELEVATE WITH ANA

• Sophomore guard Ana Llanusa is enjoying the best stretch of her OU career, leading the Sooners with 26.3 points per game over the last four contests. Llanusa became the first Sooner to score at least 20 points in four straight games since Peyton Little in 2015 after finishing with 20 points against Iowa State on Wednesday.

• Llanusa’s 31 points at Baylor last Saturday were the most scored by an opposing player against the Lady Bears this season. She finished 12-for-12 at the foul line, matched her season high with five made 3-pointers and finished 7-of-18 from the floor in 38 minutes.

• The sophomore has led OU in scoring in each of the last five games. 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. The sophomore was 10-for-20 from the field, made a season-high five 3-pointers and finished 8-of-9 at the free throw line.

• At Iowa State on Jan. 19, the sophomore turned in the best performance of her collegiate career, finishing with career-highs of 35 points, 15 made free throws and four steals. Llanusa’s 35 points are the most scored by a Big 12 player in a game this season and are the most by a Sooner in a single game since 2014.

• 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 .835 from the free throw line (ranks ninth in the Big 12) and .357 from 3-point range (11th). 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.


THE DUAL THREAT

• Freshman guard/forward Madi Williams has made an immediate impact for the Sooners offensively and on the glass. She has recorded at least 10 rebounds in eight games and is averaging a team-best 8.1 rebounds per game (ranks sixth in the Big 12) to go along with 12.0 points per contest. Williams’ six double-doubles are the most by a Big 12 freshmen this season.

• The freshman has scored in double figures six times in the last eight games and collected a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds against Kansas on Feb. 13.

• Williams has six double-doubles during the season, which ranks fifth among all players in the Big 12. Only Courtney Paris (31, 2005-06) has recorded more double-doubles for the Sooners as freshmen in the Sherri Coale era.

• Williams has 12 10-plus double-digit rebounding games this season, the most by an OU freshman in one season since Paris in 2005-06 season.

• The Fort Worth, Texas, native ranks sixth on OU freshmen record list with 206 rebounds this season.


QUICK HITS

• Taylor Robertson ranks first nationally among Division I freshmen with a .912 free throw percentage, which is tied for the best mark in school history by an OU freshman.

• Ana Llanusa’s finished 12-for-12 performance at the free throw line against Baylor on Feb. 16. Her 12 made free thros set a career high. She is the first Sooner to finish perfect at the free throw line (minimum 12 attempts) since Danielle Robinson was 16-of-16 at the stripe at Oklahoma State in 2010.

• Llanusa’s 35 points at Iowa State rank as the seventh-most scored by a Sooner in a Big 12 game in school history. She joins Aaryn Ellenberg, Courtney Paris (twice), Danielle Robinson and Phylesha Whaley (twice) as the only OU players to score 35-plus points against a Big 12 opponent.

• OU ranks fourth in the Big 12 during league play with a .716 free throw percentage. The Sooners posted a .577 clip from the free throw line in non-conference play and have dramatically improved their percentage in Big 12 play. Robertson leads all Big 12 players with a .935 clip in conference play.

• The Sooners are fourth in the Big 12 with 8.2 steals per game during the regular season. OU is also fourth in league play with 7.7 steals per contest.

• Tatum Veitenheimer’s 75 assists this year are the fifth-most by an OU freshman in a single season in program history.

• Freshman Jessi Murcer’s .513 field goal percentage leads all Big 12 freshmen this season. Her .513 clip ranks eighth on OU’s freshmen record list.

• Freshman Nydia Lampkin matched her season high with six points against Iowa State on Wednesday.

• Oklahoma’s 30 made free throws at Iowa State on Jan. 19 rank as the most made by a Big 12 team this season.

• Oklahoma’s strength of schedule currently ranks eighth nationally among Division I teams. Its the second straight season that OU is projected to finish in the top-10 nationally in strength of schedule.

• 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


The Sooners conclude the Bedlam series on Monday night at 8 p.m. CT against Oklahoma State. Monday’s game will be televised on FS1. OU leads the all-time series, 61-43.

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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