Oklahoma begins its women’s basketball season Friday at home against Prairie View A&M in the Preseason WNIT.
Here are five things to watch ahead of the Sooners’ season:
1. Taylor Robertson’s development: She was one of the nation’s best 3-point shooters a year ago, but defenses learned to shadow her.
Robertson has worked to improve her off-ball movement to get the shots OU wants her taking.
2. Kamryn Lemon’s adjustment from junior college: Lemon fills the guard spot that Shaina Pellington filled for the past two seasons.
She was in the starting rotation but took just two shots in Monday’s preseason game against Oklahoma City University. A little more than 20 minutes per game and a 10-point scoring average is a reasonable expectation for the junior college transfer.
3. The youngsters: Gabby Gregory and Liz Scott give OU a pair of talented freshmen. Gregory set Oklahoma state scoring records at Holland Hall, and Scott was one of the nation’s top prep prospects a year ago.
Scott must get healthy from ACL surgery, but Gregory could wind up being OU’s best scoring punch off the bench.
4. Defense: The Sooners weren’t just the Big 12’s worst defensive team last season. They ranked 348th (out of 349 teams) in scoring defense (85 points per game).
That must improve drastically for OU to make a serious run at the postseason.
5. Turnovers: Poor defense wasn’t the only product of OU’s young team last year. The Sooners committed 20 turnovers per game (332nd nationally).
Those numbers must decrease too. The Sooners committed 20 turnovers Monday.