5 Oklahoma Sooners receive All-Big 12 accolades
The Oklahoma Sooners have had a great 2022-2023 season as they prepare for the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City. They finished tied atop the Big 12 standings and won a share of the Big 12 title for the first time since 2009.
After a fantastic regular season, five Oklahoma Sooners received Big 12 honors ahead of the Big 12 tournament.
Unanimous First Team Selection: Madi Williams, F
Oklahoma Sooners forward Madi Williams (25) reacts after making a 3-pointer during a women’s Bedlam basketball game between the Oklahoma State Cowgirls (OSU) and the Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, March 4, 2023. Oklahoma won 80-71. Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma’s leading scorer, Madi Williams, was one of four unanimous selections to the All-Big 12 first team. Williams’ ability to score from anywhere on the floor was a huge x-factor, opening up the paint for players like Skylar Vann and Ana Llanusa to thrive on the inside.
All-Big 12 Second Team: Taylor Robertson, G
Oklahoma’s Taylor Robertson (30) celebrates her 3-point record with teammates and goat following the women’s college game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the TCU Horned Toads a the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Jan.31, 2023. Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
The greatest three-point shooter of all-time, Taylor Robertson was also instrumental in helping the Sooners get into their offense. She often brought the ball up the floor to initiate what Jennie Baranczyk wanted to do in Oklahoma’s half-court offense. Robertson averaged 11.5 points per game this season and was 42.9% from three.
Second Team All-Big 12: Ana Llanusa, F
Oklahoma Sooners guard Ana Llanusa (22) celebrates with Oklahoma Sooners center Beatrice Culliton (0) after a basket during a women’s Bedlam basketball game between the Oklahoma State Cowgirls (OSU) and the Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, March 4, 2023. Oklahoma won 80-71. Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Battling back from a knee injury, Ana Llanusa was huge for the Oklahoma Sooners this season. Llanusa was Oklahoma’s second-leading scorer, averaging 12.3 points per game.
Sixth Player of the Year, All-Big 12 Honorable Mention: Skylar Vann, F
Oklahoma Sooners guard Skylar Vann (24) makes a basket in the final seconds to send the game to overtime during a women’s college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Kansas State Wildcats at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Oklahoma won 90-86 in overtime. Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Skylar Vann led the Sooners in rebounding and was fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 11.1 points per game. Vann was a critical bench piece for the Sooners in 2022-2023, often leading the Sooners in scoring.
All-Big 12 Freshmen Team: Beatrice Culliton, F
Oklahoma Sooners center Beatrice Culliton (0) tries to get the ball to Oklahoma Sooners guard Reyna Scott (2) as Oklahoma State Cowgirls guard Anna Gret Asi (4) defends during a women’s Bedlam basketball game between the Oklahoma State Cowgirls (OSU) and the Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, March 4, 2023. Oklahoma won 80-71.
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Beatrice Culliton played big minutes in the Oklahoma Sooners’ win over Oklahoma State. With Madi Williams suffering a knee injury, the freshman forward came through in the clutch, matching her career highs in minutes (17) and points (11) on 5 of 6 shooting, four of those points coming in the fourth quarter.
As Williams heads of to, presumably, the WNBA, Culliton has on an opportunity to take on big minutes in 2023-2024.
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