Oklahoma women’s basketball remained perfect on Friday of the season by defeating SMU 97-74 at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.
On the program’s annual Junior Field Trip Day, when over 5,000 kids filled the arena, Madi Williams took over the game by notching a game-high 25 points paired with five rebounds and four assists to rank No. 15 in Oklahoma (Sept :0) to win the 23-point route. The Sooners shot 61% (14 of 23) from behind the arc, marking the first time an OU team had shot more than 60% from deep with 20+ attempts since Nov. 29, 2012, against Northwestern State.
“What a fun day for our program. I love this day with all the kids at play,” said Baranczyk. “In terms of pitch, I thought we’ve done some really great things, but there are still some things we need to work on. I love how Madi Williams set the tone for us and really did everything. I love the way we shared basketball today and I’m really happy with the depth of our team.”
Despite last year’s clash, the two teams spent the first quarter groping each other. In a tie at 15 with 1:12 left, Williams hit a jumper, Nevaeh Tot buried a 3-pointer and Aubrey Joens sunk two free throws to extend Sooner’s lead to 22-15 after one. Oklahoma started pouring it in the second quarter when four different Sooners buried 3-pointers to cap an 18-4 run past 3:35 and jump forward. SMU (1-1), who gets votes in the latest WBCA Coaches Poll, reduced Oklahoma’s lead to just eight at the 4:36 mark of the third quarter, but an equal goal brought the Sooners’ lead to 13 after three frames. Around knocking out the Mustangs, Oklahoma dropped three consecutive Treys to take the lead to 19 and finish the game in fourth place. OU’s lead increased to 23 points, 89-66, after a layup by Skylar Vann midway through the fourth, and the Sooners closed on a 4-0 run to win 97-74.
Williams was efficient, scoring 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including a perfect 3-of-3 from deep. The forward took over in the second half and scored 14 points in the closing period to lead OU to victory. Iowa State transfer Aubrey Joens hit double digits for the first time as a sooner. The guard was 3 of 4 behind the arc, the second deep ball marking their 100th career trey en route to 13 points. Skylar Vann and Nevaeh Tot each added 12 points and fired off a matching 4-of-7 clip shoot. Tot led the team with seven assists, and Vann added a team-high with seven rebounds.
As a team, the Sooners now have 95+ points in regular games for the first time since 2014 against Lamar (100 points) and Bradley (104 points). It’s the seventh game from 95+ points since Baranczyk took over the program at the start of the 2021 season, finishing second in the country with Iowa during that span and trailing only DePaul’s 11 instances. For the first time in program history, six different Sooners scored at least two 3-pointers. The Sooners had 23 assists and just 10 turnovers, and the team’s assists-to-turnovers ratio of 2.3 was the sixth-best for a Sooners team since the start of the 2009-10 season.
With the home swing for the season opener, Oklahoma is now preparing for a four-game road trip. The away stand opens Nov. 15 when the Sooners get a rematch with BYU in Provo, Utah, followed by a showdown with Utah, which had the most votes outside the top in the AP preseason poll Wednesday night in Salt Lake City 25 received .