FRIDAY'S GAME BASICS
Oklahoma (8-21, 4-14 Big 12) is the No. 8 seed in this year's Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship, to be played Friday through Monday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. OU will begin play Friday at 6 p.m. CT against No. 9 seed Texas Tech (13-16, 4-14 Big 12). If the Sooners were to win Friday, they will play a quarterfinals contest on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT against No. 1 seed Baylor.
ON THE AIR
Friday's game will be televised on Fox College Sports Central with Ron Thulin (play-by-play), Brenda VanLengen (analyst) and Stacey Dales (sidelines) 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 here. All session passes start at $70.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
• Oklahoma is the No. 8 seed at this year's Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, to be played Friday through Monday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. The Sooners will begin their quest for their fifth Big 12 tournament title on Friday at 6 p.m. CT against No. 9 seed Texas Tech. Friday's contest will mark the first time OU and Texas Tech have faced off in the Big 12 Championship since 2011.
• OU boasts a 25-18 (.581) Big 12 Championship record, which is the third most wins among current league members. The Sooners have won at least one Big 12 tournament game 12 times in the last 16 seasons. OU's four Big 12 tournament titles (2002, 2004, 2006, 2007) rank as the second most in the conference, behind Baylor's nine. The Sooners have advanced to the title game six times.
• Sophomore guard Ana Llanusa has led the Sooners in scoring nine times in the last 10 games and is averaging 25.4 points per game over the last eight contests. In Tuesday's matchup at Texas Tech, Llanusa scored 15 of her game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter. 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 on Feb. 25.
• Freshman guard Taylor Robertson continues to lead the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage (.461) and 3-pointers per game (3.45). Her 3.45 3-pointers per game and 100 3-pointers lead all Division Ifreshmen. She set the OU freshman record for 3-pointers in a season in Wednesday's game at Texas Tech. Robertson has made 23 triples over the last four games, the most ever in a four-game stretch by a Sooner.
• OU led the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage with a .369 clip during Big 12 play. Over the last four games, the Sooners are 38-of-84 (.452) from 3-point range. OU's .365 clip from beyond the arc this year would be the fourth-best mark in school history and its best 3-point field goal percentage since the 2000-01 season.
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PREVIEWING TEXAS TECH
- Clothing Kmart Chicago Apparel • Texas Tech enters Friday's contest with a 13-16 record and finished with a 4-14 Big 12 record. The Lady Raiders are averaging 71.3 points per game (ranks fifth in the Big 12) on .406 field goal (eighth), .290 3-point (tenth) and .633 free throw (tenth) shooting during the regular season. In league play, Texas Tech averaged 66.0 points per game (seventh) on .375 field goal (eighth), .259 3-point (tenth) and .652 free throw (tenth) shooting.
• Chrislyn Carr, the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, leads Texas Tech in scoring at 17.8 points per game. She is the top scoring freshman in Division I this season. Carr also ranks third in the league with 2.4 3-pointers per game and is 10th with 3.7 assists per contest. Junior forward Brittany Brewer is third in the Big 12 this season with 8.9 rebounds per game, while ranking sixth with 16.0 points per game. Senior forward Zuri Sanders leads all Big 12 players with 10.8 rebounds per contest.
• Marlene Stollings is in her first season at Texas Tech and has a 13-16 record with the Lady Raiders.Pullover Stadium Hoodie amp; Logo Athletic Vanderbilt Charcoal Commodores Arch -
Mandy Simpson earned her first career double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds at Texas Tech on Wednesday.
GAME 29 RECAP: TEXAS TECH
• Oklahoma's second half comeback came up short in its Big 12 finale on Tuesday as the Sooners fell to Texas Tech, 88-82. OU trailed by as many as 21 late in the third quarter, but used a fourth-quarter surge to get back into the game. Ana Llanusa scored 15 of her game high 27 points in the final frame. The sophomore scored 13 straight points to bring the Sooners within two points of Texas Tech with 4:38 to go.
• Llanusa has scored 20 points seven times in the last eight games for the Sooners. The sophomore hit her third 3-pointer of the quarter with 1:14 to go to put OU in the lead at 80-79, but Texas Tech's Chrislyn Carr answered with a lay-in on the next possession to put the Lady Raiders back in front for good. The Lady Raiders regained the lead late in the final frame. OU trailed 81-80 but Texas Tech took advantage of an intentional foul called on the Sooners with 0:27 left to ice the game at the free throw line.
• OU's Taylor Robertson added 21 points, knocking down seven 3-pointers. The freshman was 7-of-12 from beyond the arc and recorded six rebounds in 40 minutes. Robertson broke the OU freshman single-season record for 3-pointers in the game with a pair of treys in the first quarter, besting the previous mark set by Aaryn Ellenberg (94, 2010-11). She also joins Ellenberg as one of two players to make at least 100 3-pointers in a single season at Oklahoma.
• Texas Tech was led by Carr with 26 points and four assists, while Sydney Goodson scored 20 points and hit three 3-pointers. Zuri Sanders finished with a double-double, recording 15 points and 14 rebounds.
LLANUSA, ROBERTSON HONORED BY BIG 12
• Sophomore guard Ana Llanusa was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team, while freshman guard Taylor Robertson was selected to the conference’s All-Freshman Team on Wednesday.
• Llanusa averaged 19.1 points per game during Big 12 play, which ranked third in the league and finished with eight 20-point scoring performances against conference opponents. The Choctaw, Okla., native scored 30 points three times against Big 12 foes and finished with a career-high 35 points at Iowa State on Jan. 19.
• Robertson, the league’s top 3-pointer shooter, earned a spot on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team by leading the conference in 3-point field goal percentage and 3-pointers per game. The McPherson, Kansas, native averaged 14.1 points per game during the regular season, the second-best scoring average among Big 12 freshmen this year. The freshman’s 3.45 3-pointers per game is the second-best average by a Big 12 player in one season during the league’s history. Her .461 3-point field goal percentage is the best clip by a Big 12 player since 2010.
ELEVATE WITH ANA
• Sophomore guard Ana Llanusa is enjoying the best stretch of her OU career, leading the Sooners with 25.4 points per game over the last eight contests. The sophomore scored 20-plus eight times during conference play.
• The sophomore is averaged 19.1 points per game during league play, which ranked third in the Big 12. Llanusa's 19.1 points per contest in Big 12 play is the sixth-best scoring average by a Sooner against conference opponents in a single season. Llanusa joins Aaryn Ellenberg (2012-13), Courtney Paris (three times) and Phylesha Whaley (1999-00) as the only Sooners to average at least 19.0 points per game in Big 12 play.
• The sophomore has led OU in scoring in nine times in the last 10 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.
• The Choctaw, Okla., native 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), Whaley (10), Ellenberg (5), Danielle Robinson (4) are the only players to have more 30-point scoring performances during their OU careers than Llanusa.
• In Big 12 play, Llanusa shot .837 from the free throw line (ranked fourth) and .354 from 3-point range (10th). Llanusa was one of three Big 12 players to score at least 30 points three times this season, joining Iowa State's Bridget Carleton and 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 .461 3-point field goal percentage and 3.45 3-pointers per game. Nationally, Robertson's 100 made 3-pointers are the most by a freshmen in Division I this season.
• Robertson ranks fourth nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (.461) and eighth in 3-pointers made per game (3.45). The freshman's .461 3-point field goal percentage is the best clip by a Big 12 player since 2010.
• Robertson set the OU freshman record for 3-pointers in a single season, passing former Sooner Aaryn Ellenberg (94, 2010-11) on Tuesday night. Robertson finished with seven treys against the Lady Raiders and scored 21 points for the second straight game.
• The freshman's seven made 3-pointers at Texas Tech on Tuesday are tied for the second-most ever made by a Sooner in a Big 12 game. Robertson has made 23 3-pointers over the last four games, the most triples in a four-game stretch by an OU player in program history.
• Against TCU on March 2, Robertson hit her first six 3-pointers and scored 20 of her 21 points in the first half. In OU's win at West Virginia, Robertson finished 6-of-8 from deep and scored 18 points. She has made at least four 3-pointers in four consecutive games.
• Robertson is one of three players in Divison I to shoot at least .450 from the field, .450 from beyond the arc and .880 from the free throw line, joining Oregon's Erin Boley and Wyoming's Marta Gomez.
• Taylor Robertson is on pace to set the OU freshmen record for minutes played per game. She currently averages 33.6 minutes per contest. She played 40 minutes against Texas Tech on Wednesday, her seventh game of the year playing each minute in a game. Robertson is the first freshman in school history to play 40 minutes in seven games in one season (breaks previous record held by LaNeisha Caufield, 1998-99, six games).
• Oklahoma's .365 3-point field goal percentage would be the fourth-best mark in school history if the season ended today. OU's best 3-point clip in the Big 12 era came during the 2000-01 season (.380).
• Freshman Jessi Murcer has seized control of the point guard position in the last 14 games. This season, Murcer's .490 field goal percentage is the best mark among guards in the league this season. Her .490 clip ranks ninth on OU's freshmen record list.
• Murcer's 11 assists at Texas Tech on Wednesday were a season high for a Sooner in a game. It is the most assists for an OU freshman in a conference game since 1992 (Sharee Mitchum, 16 vs. Oklahoma State). She is the first freshman to record 10-plus assists in a game since 1999 (Stacey Dales, 10, vs. UT-Arlington).
• Ana 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 .726 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.
• Tatum Veitenheimer's 76 assists this year are the fifth-most by an OU freshman in a single season in program history.
• Oklahoma's strength of schedule currently ranks 11th nationally among Division I teams. Its the second straight season that OU is projected to finish in the top-15 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.
If Oklahoma beats Texas Tech it will play in the Big 12 Championships quarterfinals against No. 1 seed Baylor at 1:30 p.m. CT on Saturday. The game will be televised on FSN.