Comeback Bid Falls Short Against Cal
|Points||Anigwe - 32||Oritz - 17|
|Rebounds||Anigwe - 15||Odimgbe -9|
|Assists||Two Players - 4||Little - 4|
|Steals||Range - 4||Manning - 7|
|Blocks||Anigwe - 3||Mulkey - 3|
LAS VEGAS – Down 20 points with 4:15 to go in the fourth quarter to No. RV/20 California on Tuesday No. 20/21 Oklahoma put together a furious comeback bid that fell just short, falling to the Golden Bears, 82-74, at South Point Arena.
OU (8-3), who entered the fourth downed by 25 points, used a 27-5 run to cut Cal's advantage down to 71-68 with 2:41 to go. The Sooners forced 14 Golden Bear (11-0) turnovers in the final frame and scored a season-high 33 points in the fourth quarter.
The Sooners took advantage of their opportunites at the charity stripe in the quarter, hitting 14-of-15 shots at the line. After layups from Chelsea Dungee and Gabbi Ortiz, Maddie Manning scored four straight points at the free throw line to trim Cal's lead to 71-68. Cal responded with four straight points from sophomore forward Kristin Anigwe to push their lead back to six points to eventually hold on for the win.
Gabbi Ortiz led the Sooners with a season-high 17 points off the bench on 7-of-10 shooting, while Maddie Manning poured in 16 points along with a career-high seven steals. Peyton Little recorded 15 points and led OU with four assists.
The Sooners shot .353 from the field (24-of-68) in the game, while Cal finished with a .400 clip (24-of-60). OU forced Cal, who averaged 15.9 turnovers per game entering the game, to a season-high 33 miscues as the Sooners recorded 14 steals.
OU was held to season-low seven points in the second quarter after shooting just .290 to start the game, but battled back with a season-high 54 points in the second half.
Cal did the majority of its damage at the free throw line, making 28 of out 40 attempts from the charity stripe. OU's bench responded with 40 points and scored 22 poitnts of Golden Bear turnovers.
Anigwe led all scorers with 32 points, hitting 8-of-19 shots from the field and finishing 16-of-22 from the free throw line. The 22 free throw attempts by Anigwe set an OU opponent single-game record. The sophomore also added in a game-high 13 rebounds for the Bears along with three blocks.
Courtney Range and Jaelyn Brown provided 13 points and 11 points, respectively.
The Sooners close the Puerto Rico Classic in Las Vegas on Wednesday as they take on Portland State at 9 p.m. CT. Fans can watch the game live here.