(23/25) Oklahoma (13-2, 2-1)
(14/13) Baylor (10-3, 0-1)
January 12, 2022 / 6:00 p.m. CT / Lloyd Noble Center / Norman, Okla.
NORMAN – Oklahoma’s No.23 women’s basketball (13-2, 2-1) returns Wednesday to the friendly venue of the Lloyd Noble Center for a 6 p.m. showdown with No.14 Baylor (10-3, 0- 1).
The game will air on Bally Sports Oklahoma with Chad McKee and Dan Hughes on call, and will air on the Sooner radio network on KOKC 1520 AM and KREF 99.3 FM / 1400 AM with Brian Brinkley calling the action.
The arena doors open one hour before the tip and the Lloyd Noble Center clear bag policy is in effect.
THE STARTING FIVE
- The Sooners’ 13-2 start is the best on the schedule since the 2006-07 team opened the year 17-1. OU entered the AP’s Top 25 on Jan.3 after weeks of voting, and Wednesday’s contest will mark the first ranked game between the Sooners and the Bears since 2017.
- Under the head coach Jennie baranczyk, Sooners’ powerful offensive is one of the best in the country. The OU’s 87.9 points per game rank second nationally and first in the league, as the offense is fueled by 20.3 assists per game, also second in the division’s hoops. I. Taylor robertson (19.1 PPG) and Madi Williams (18.4) makes Oklahoma the only team in the Big 12 and one of three teams nationwide to land two top 50 scorers in the nation. Robertson leads the country with 66 3 points scored this year as the Sooners sink 10 treys per game, fifth-most in the nation.
- A win on Wednesday would be the program’s first victory over a top 15 opponent in his last 19 tries. The team’s last victory over a Top 15 opponent came in a 74-73 victory over No.8 Texas on February 18, 2017.
- On January 8, the Sooners erased a 16-point first-half deficit in Kansas to defeat the Jayhawks 82-68, marking the program’s fourth-biggest comeback against a Big 12 opponent. The 30-point swing was the third tallest on the team since 1996. Madi Williams got a double-double, posting 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Taylor robertson led all players with 24 points.
- Taylor robertson will continue the story Wednesday night as she competes in just four three-pointers to tie Laurie Koehn’s Big 12 record of 392 treys made.
STORY OF THE SERIES
Wednesday’s meeting with Baylor is Oklahoma’s 60th all-time, with the Bears holding a 33-26 lead in the series. The Sooners last knocked out the Bears 68-64 in 2015 at home as Baylor won 13 in a row. BU is one of only two Big 12 (Texas) schools for which the Sooners do not retain an unprecedented series advantage. Baranczyk has never faced Baylor during his head coaching career.
The No.23 Sooners host the TCU (4-6, 0-1) on Saturday in Norman. The game will air on Bally Sports Oklahoma at 1:30 p.m. from the Lloyd Noble Center.