That’s one way to win the Bedlam series and the final home game of the season against an in-state rival.
With pinpoint accuarcy in the second half, the Oklahoma Sooners downed the Oklahoma State Cowgirls, 81-66.
The Sooners hit 14-of-28 3-pointers, including 7-of-11 in the second half to go up by as much as 26 late in the game.
“(Oklahoma is) a heck of an offensive team,” OSU head coach Kurt Budke said. “Their one, two and three (guards), as a group, might be the best one, two and three in the nation.”
After a back-and-forth first half which ended with the Cowgirls trailing by just four points to the No. 18 Sooners, the OU shooting hands got hot.
OSU’s Vicky McIntyre hit a turnaround jumper to cut the lead to two, but the Sooners would answer with a 21-4 run in which they hit three treys and only OSU’s Toni Young was able to hit a pair of field goals.
Young ended with a career-high 31 points, 19 coming in the second half. Her point total marked the 80th time in OSU history that a player has gone over 30 points in a game.
“The first half was OK, but the second half was better,” Young said. “I was just trying to do it for my team.”
While Young was the only OSU player to score for over seven minutes, the Sooners rolled thanks to the senior trio of Carlee Roethlisberger, Danielle Robinson and Lauren Willis.
The veterans combined for 33 points, 18 coming in the second half. Roethlisberger had 14 points, Robinson 13 points and nine boards and Willis six points on 2-of-2 shooting from long range.
By the time the three left to standing ovations late in the second half the game was far out of reach as OSU clawed back to a 15-point loss.
“What you saw is what we’ve been doing all year, find a way to play 25-30 good minutes, but against a team like Oklahoma, that’s not good enough,” Budke said.
The first half started with the Oklahoma seniors feeding off a big crowd and trying to cement their last home victory. Robinson and Roethlisberger combined for 12 of the Sooners’ first 16 points and got OU out to a 14-7 lead before the Cowgirls began to cut into the lead.
Following Aaryn Ellenberg’s first of three first half 3-pointers, OSU trailed 19-13, but a trey from Lakyn Garrison and back-to-back jumpers by Toni Young gave the Cowgirls their first lead of the night, 20-19.
Oklahoma State kept it a one shot game until the Sooners hit four 3-pointers — two by Ellenberg — to close the half ahead 36-30.
Young had 12 points and four rebounds in the first half, while Ellenberg had 13 after hitting three of her six 3-point attempts.
Ellenberg finished with a team-high 23 points and hit 5-of-10 from long range. The OU bench outscored OSU 19-2 and as a team they were able to score 19 points off 11 Cowgirls turnovers.
OSU’s McIntyre was the only Cowgirls aside from Young to hit double figures, she had 10 points to go with a pair of blocks.