Leading up to the opening of the 2022-23 Big 12 Women’s basketball season Heartland College Sports will analyze each of the Big 12 women’s basketball rosters. Today it’s the Oklahoma Sooners.
2021-22 Season-Ending Roster: G Nevaeh Tot (5-2, So.), G Kennady Tucker (5-10, Jr.), G Kelbie Washington (5-6, Fr.), G Gabby Gregory (5-11, Jr.), F Jordan Moser (6-1, Jr.), F Bre’yon White (5-11, Fr.), F Nydia Lampkin (6-3, Sr.), G Ana Llanusa (5-11, Sr.), G Kaley Perkins (6-0, Fr.), G/F Skylar Vann (5-11, So.), F Madi Williams (5-11, Sr.), G Taylor Robertson (5-11, Sr.), C Emma Svoboda (6-3, Fr.), F Liz Scott (6-2, Jr.).
No longer at Oklahoma: Gregory (transferred to Kansas State), Lampkin (eligibility).
2022-23 Season-Opening Roster: C Beatrice Culliton (6-3, Fr.), G Nevaeh Tot (5-2,Jr.), G Reyna Scott (5-9, Fr.), G Kennady Tucker (5-10, Sr.), F Kiersten Johnson (6-4, Fr.), G Kelbie Washington (5-6, So.), G Kayla Cooper (5-8, Fr.), F Jordan Moser (6-1, Sr.), G Aubrey Joens (5-8, Jr.), G Ana Llanusa (5-11, Sr.), G Kaley Perkins (6-0, So.), G/F Skylar Vann (5-11, Jr.), F Madi Williams (5-11, Sr.), G Taylor Robertson (5-11, Sr.), C Emma Svoboda (6-3, So.), F Liz Scott (6-2, Sr.).
How The Sooners Are Built
Returning Players (11): Tot, Tucker, Washington, Moser, Llanusa, Perkins, Vann, Williams, Robertson, Svoboda, Scott.
Transfers (1): Joens (transferred from Iowa State).
Freshman/Recruiting Class (4): Culliton, Scott, Johnson, Cooper.
Potential starting lineup: Robertson, Scott, Tot, Tucker, Williams
Why?: You wanna fight about having your entire starting lineup back for another season? This is the starting five from the Sooners’ final game of the season. This starting five averaged more than 50 points. Robertson broke the Big 12 record for most 3-pointers in a career (male or female). Williams and Robertson were both All-Big 12 First Team. Tot was the team’s leader in assists but wasn’t that far ahead of Robertson. They ran coach Jennie Baranczyk’s fill-the-basket system to the hilt and finished as one of the top-scoring teams in the country. Now, the defense has to get better. But you’ll start the season with this quintet.
The bench: Joens, Llanusa, Washington, Vann
Why? Before her injury, Llanusa was averaging 17.3 points per game in 10 starts before an injury ended her season. She’s coming back and she could start. But, given her long injury history, the Sooners may want to limit her minutes. Vann averaged 11.8 points and was the Big 12’s Sixth Player of the Year. She could start, too. Washington was a starter for half the season. Joens comes to OU from Iowa State, where she was a part-time starter and averaged 42.5 percent from the 3-point line.
The wild card: Johnson. The Sooners need more height in their lineup and rebounding on their stat sheet. The freshman from Texas high school power Duncanville could do both. In fact, because the Sooners have so much offense, they could simply play Johnson 10 minutes a game and give her one job — rebound.
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