The West Virginia Mountaineers come into town this evening to face the Oklahoma Sooners. The Mountaineers are 14-5 on the season, and they are 4 – 4 in conference play. One of those four losses came at the hands of the Sooners when they visited Morgantown back on January 15. The Sooners, at that time, were without Ana Llanusa, and they defeated West Virginia by a score of 73 to 49.
Small Forward Taylor Robertson scored 31 points that night and went 8 of 18 from beyond the arc. The Sooners held the Mountaineers two leading scorers Kysre Gondrezick, who averages 16.8 points per game, to 8 points on 3 of 13 shooting, and Tynice Martin, who averages 15.8 points per game, to 8 points on 1 of 12 shooting.
Since that game in Morgantown, both teams have had their struggles as of late. West Virginia, since that game, had lost three more games, making it four straight losses. In that stretch they lost to Baylor 51 to 91, Oklahoma State 55 to 57, and TCU 60 to 73. They picked up a much needed win in Morgantown on Sunday, as they beat Iowa State 79 to 71.
The Sooners had also lost four straight games before picking up a much needed win on Sunday against Kansas on Sunday. Sooners had been without guard, Ana Llanusa, for six games due to a back injury, in which they went 2-4, before she finally made her way back to the court against Kansas on Sunday. In just 10 minutes of action on Sunday, Llanusa scored 4 points and grabbed 2 Rebounds.
On Sunday The Sooners came back from a 22 point deficit at halftime against the Kansas Jayhawks. The Sooners shot 10 of 25 in the first half, and they went 0 for 6 from the 3-point line. Another issue the Sooners faced was turnovers, as OU turned the ball over 17 times in the First Half. The Sooners also failed to get Kansas off the 3 point line, as they shot 7 of 12 from behind the arc.
In the Second half, the Sooners held the Jayhawks to 8 of 26 shooting, and just 1 of 7 from behind the arc. OU finally got going in the second half as they shot 18 of 33 (54.5%) and 7 of 10 from beyond the arc. They also kept the turnovers low, only turning the ball over seven times.
If the Sooners want to get a win tonight, they need a big game from the players outside of Taylor Robertson. Since Robertson dropped 31 points on them last time, you can bet that the Mountaineers will not let that happen again, so the Sooners will need big games from Gabby Greggory, Madi Williams, and Mandy Simpson. They will also need Llanusa to be effective and efficient in her time on the court tonight.