‘Roller coaster of emotions’ so far
Five games into conference play, Oklahoma center Vionise Pierre-Louis is leading the Sooners in scoring with
15.4 points per game. Though she had four games earlier in the season where she scored less than 10 points, Pierre-Louis has put together three straight games of at least 14 points. Against Texas Tech, she notched 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. The Oklahoman caught up with her ahead of Sunday’s game against Baylor.
I think it’s consistency, posting consistently even if I’m not getting the ball. I’m occupying my girl. Once our shooters get hot on the outside, it opens up plenty of lanes for driving lanes, dishing, so it’s really my teammates helping me out there.
You were taken out of the starting lineup for a game. How did you work through that?
I don’t take offense to stuff like that because it’s what my team needs at the time. If I have to sit on the bench and be the seventh man, sixth man, I don’t really care. I think we needed a change and we got that change. I didn’t take any personal offense to it. It’s when I get in, what can I do to make my teammates better.
Is your senior season living up to what you wanted it to be?
I never had expectations for my senior year. There’s no set goal that I said, ‘By my senior year, I want to do this.’ I feel like it’s been a roller coaster for everyone. A roller coaster of emotions, some games we’re all there. Some games we’re not all there. So right now, it’s just about finding that balance. Not necessarily because it’s my senior year, but because I’m setting it up for seven incoming freshmen. So it’s finding that balance and getting our team stable is really what I’m thinking about right now.
What’s the challenge in playing Baylor?
The challenge for me is the one-on-one battle with Kalani (Brown). Making sure we limit their paint scoring and we maximize on our end on paint scores. That’s the challenge for us right now.
How does Brown’s game match up with yours?
We’re just big, dominant. On both teams, you need Kalani Brown to win and some thing for our team. A big post presence alleviates
You’ve had an up and down season, but you’ve scored at least 20 points three times this season. What’s the biggest change in your game since conference play began?
all the pressure out on the perimeter. On that regard, we’re the same. She just has a height advantage and she can move you. She can really move me so I have to stand my ground and battle every possession with her.
Senior center Vionise Pierre-Louis (0) is averaging 15.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for Oklahoma this season.