#12 Oklahoma Women's Basketball 2016-2017 Preview

Oklahoma Sooners
Overall Rank: #12
Conference Rank: #3 Big 12
After a bit of a down season, Oklahoma should be competing for a Big 12 title this year. The Sooners lost to Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and will be striving for a bigger run this season. They will have to do so without Kaylon Williams, who led the team with 12.4 points and 7.1 rebounds. The frontcourt will now revolve around Vionise Pierre-Louis, McKenna Treece and incoming freshman Nancy Mulkey.
2015-16 Record: 22-11, 11-7
2015-16 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Sherri Coale
Coach Record: 442-217 at Oklahoma, 442-217 overall
Key Departed Players (starters in bold)
Kaylon Williams, 12.4 ppg
Key Returning Players (starters in bold)
Peyton Little, Senior, Guard, 10.9 ppg
Maddie Manning, Senior, Guard, 8.7 ppg
Gabbi Ortiz, Junior, Guard, 6.8 ppg
Gioya Carter, Senior, Guard, 8.5 ppg
Derica Wyatt, Senior, Guard, 6.1 ppg
T’ona Edwards, Senior, Guard, 4.6 ppg
Vionise Pierre-Louis, Junior, Center, 9.3 ppg
McKenna Treece, Junior, Center, 2.5 ppg
LaNesia Williams, Junior, Guard, 2.1 ppg
Key New Players
Chelsea Dungee, Freshman, Guard
Nancy Mulkey, Freshman, Center
Morgan Rich, RS Freshman, Guard
While the frontcourt rebuilds around Pierre-Louis, the Sooners basically return five starters on the perimeter. Peyton Little will lead the way after averaging 10.9 points per game as a junior. She is a dangerous 5-11 guard who can shoot the ball and attack the basket effectively. Maddie Manning is the big guard who can help the frontcourt on the glass. The 6-2 senior averaged 8.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists. Gabbi Ortiz and part-time starter Derica Wyatt are both very good shooters, while Gioya Carter averaged 8.5 points per game while doing most of her damage by attacking the basket. With further depth from players like T’ona Edwards, LaNesia Williams and incoming freshman Chelsea Dungee, Oklahoma has a great backcourt. As long as Pierre-Louis and Mulkey can handle the frontcourt, this will be a very tough team to beat.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 69.6 (75th in nation, 5th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 61.9 (131, 6)
Field-Goal Percentage: 41.4 (98, 6)
Field-Goal Defense: 38.6 (129, 6)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 6.2 (103, 4)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 31.5 (150, 6)
Free-Throw Percentage: 71.2 (121, 3)
Rebound Margin: 2.9 (87, 5)
Assists Per Game: 14.1 (100, 6)
Turnovers Per Game: 16.4 (197, 8)
Madness 2016 Women’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#14 Nancy Mulkey
#53 Chelsea Dungee