Women’s Basketball Preview No. 9/10: At No. 18/21 Oklahoma

Game 19: #9/10 Texas (15-3, 5-2 Big 12) vs. #18/21 Oklahoma (17-3, 6-2 Big 12)

Saturday, January 29, 2022 – 2:00 p.m. Central
Lloyd Noble Center (11,562) – Norman, Okla.

GameDay Quick Facts:
• TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally on Bally Sports Oklahoma. Chad McKee (pxp) and Dan Hughes (analyst) will call the action.
• RADIO: 105.3 The Bat broadcasts all UT games on the national network. Roger Wallace (pxp) and Kathy Harston (analyst) will call the action. See TexasSports.com for a list of affiliates offering the game.
• SERIES: Texas leads, 36-26. Last meeting: Oklahoma 68-63 OT (February 27, 2021; Austin, Texas).

Notable:

OPENING TIP: The No. 9/10 Texas women’s basketball team will be looking to claim their fifth straight Big 12 win on Saturday afternoon (2:00 p.m.) as they travel to Norman to face Oklahoma No. 18/21 in a Red River rivalry bow inside the Sooners’ Lloyd Noble Center. The Longhorns are coming off an impressive 66-48 home win over No. 25/RV Kansas State on Wednesday and will be aiming for their fifth win against a ranked opponent this season.

THE SERIES: Texas and OU will meet for the 63rd time overall on Saturday. The Longhorns have a 36-26 advantage over the Sooners in the all-time series and have won eight of the last nine meetings. The Longhorns and Sooner shared the season streak last year.

TOP 16 REVEALED: The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Selection Committee has released its first projections for the top 16 seeds of the 2022 NCAA Championships, with Texas projected as the No. 7 seed in the tournament.

The Longhorns were paired in the Spokane area as the No. 2 seed with No. 1 Stanford, No. 3 UCONN and No. 4 Georgia. South Carolina took the top spot overall, with NC State and Tennessee holding the other regional No. 1 seed spots.

ROAD WARRIORS: Throughout the first half of the 2021-22 season, Texas found a way to play some of its best basketball on the road. The Longhorns are 6-1 on the road this season with 4 of 6 wins against ranked opponents. Texas beat No. 3 Stanford (Nov. 14) and No. 17 Texas A&M (Dec. 5) and No. 7 Iowa State. Their only road loss of the season was a 74-70 overtime loss at No. 16 Tennessee (November 21).

THE SCHAEFER FORMULA: Longhorn Head Coach Vic Schäfer makes no secret of how his teams have found success over the years. Relentless defensive pressure all over the pitch, attention to detail and limitation of rotations and errors have been incorporated into the identity of his programs. The 2021-22 Longhorns are no exception to ranking among the best in the nation in multiple defensive categories. UT currently ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 21 in the NCAA, holding opponents to just 54.8 points per game. They also lead the league and rank 9th nationally in forced turnovers at 23.6 per game.

LOOK FOR THE SOONERS: The Longhorns will have their hands full against a Sooners team that owns the No. 2 offense in the nation with 87 points per game. OU also ranks No. 6 in the NCAA in three-point field goals per game at 9.0. The Sooners are coming off an 84-58 home win over Oklahoma State in their last outing and are 10-1 when playing at home this season.

Oklahoma currently has three players averaging more than 15 points per game, led by Madi Williams, who ranks No. 4 in the Big 12 with 18.1 points per game. Taylor Robertson ranks 7th in the league with 17.9 points per game and Ana Llanusa is averaging 17.3. Williams also led the team on the glass, bringing in 7.9 rebounds per game.

NEXT: After Saturday’s game, the Longhorns travel to Waco to take on No. 11/14 Baylor on Friday, Feb. 4 (7 p.m.) before hosting the Bears inside the Erwin Center on Sunday, Feb. 6 (15 hCT). Both games are set to air nationally on ESPN 2.

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