NORMAN – Oklahoma (2-5) returns home for the first time since Nov. 15 as it hosts Central Arkansas (4-2) on Wednesday night. The matchup marks the first meeting between the Sooners and Sugar Bears since 2007. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT.

OU has won seven straight games inside Lloyd Noble Center dating back to last season.

ON THE AIR

Wednesday’s game will be televised on the Fox Sports Southwest + with Chad McKee (play-by-play), Dan Hughes (analyst) and Megan McDonald (sideline) on the call. The contest will air on the Sooner Radio Network with Brian Brinkley calling the action.

TICKETS

Tickets are available for $8 at the OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668) and online here. Lloyd Noble Center’s north and east ticket windows will open at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. OU students will be admitted free with a valid school I.D.

The first 250 fans in attendance will receive a free an Oklahoma women’s basketball pennant for #WaybackWednesday.


FIVE THINGS TO KNOW

• Oklahoma returns home for the first time since Nov. 15 as the Sooners host Central Arkansas on Wednesday. OU has won seven straight games at Lloyd Noble Center dating back to Jan. 20, 2018. The Sooners are 1-0 all-time against the Sugar Bears.

• Oklahoma’s top six scorers are in their first or second year of Division I basketball. Four of the six are freshmen. Freshman guard Taylor Robertson ranks second nationally among Division I freshmen with 19.6 points per game this season. Robertson, along with freshmen Madi Williams and Jessi Murcer all rank inside the top 15 in the Big 12 in points per game.

• Freshman guard Taylor Robertson has knocked down 36 3-pointers, which is the second-most treys hit by a single player in the country this season. She also ranks second nationally with 5.14 3-pointers per contest. The freshman has scored at least 20 points in four of OU’s seven games this year and already ranks ninth on the Sooners’ freshman record list for 3-pointers made in a single-season. The McPherson, Kan., native was named Big 12 Freshman of the Week on Monday for the third time this season after averaging 25.0 points per game and hitting 14 3-pointers in last week’s games at New Mexico and Auburn.

• Freshman guard/forward Madi Williams is one of three Big 12 players to average a double-double so far this season. Williams is averaging 13.6 points and 11.1 rebounds per contest through seven games this year. Williams is fourth nationally in rebounding among freshmen. The Fort Worth, Texas, native finished with 10 points and a season-high 16 rebounds at Auburn on Sunday.

• The Sooners have committed 30 more turnovers than their opponents during their five-game losing streak. Foes have outscored OU, 121-75, in points off turnovers during that stretch. The Sooners have also allowed opponents to make 10.4 3-pointers per game during the last five contests.


PREVIEWING CENTRAL ARKANSAS

• Central Arkansas enters the contest with a 4-2 record after defeating Crowley’s Ridge (NAIA), 91-33, in its last outing. The Sugar Bears have been one of the top defensive squads in the country over the last three seasons. Central Arkansas is limiting opponents to 46.0 points per game this season, which ranks second nationally.

• The Sugars Bears’ defense is forcing 22.8 turnovers per game this season, a mark that is 25th in Division I. Central Arkansas is also one of the top offensive rebounding teams in the nation, averaging 19.0 offensive boards per game (ranks seventh in the NCAA).

• Senior guard Kamry Orr leads the Sugar Bears in scoring and is the only player that averages doubles figure at 12.5 points per game. Hannah Langhi has a team-best .526 field goal percentage and is averaging 8.0 points per game.

• The Sugar Bears are led by head coach Sandra Rushing, who has a 133-62 record at Central Arkansas. Rushing led Central Arkansas to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in 2016 and 2017


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