Sooners Top Oklahoma City in Final Exhibition
|Points||Wallen - 21||Ortiz - 14|
|Rebounds||Wallen - 9||Pierre-Louis - 12|
|Assists||Duran - 4||Ortiz - 3|
|Steals||Wallen - 3||Ortiz - 4|
|Blocks||Three Players - 1||Four Players - 1|
NORMAN – Gabbi Ortiz and Derica Wyatt scored in double figures for the Sooners in their final exhibition game of the year as No. 16 Oklahoma topped Oklahoma City, 68-48, Monday night at Lloyd Noble Center.
Ortiz finished with a team-high 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting. The junior guard also added in four rebounds, four steals and three assists for the Sooners in 23 minutes of action. Wyatt was 3-for-6 from 3-point range off the bench and added in 11 points along with one steal.
“That has been my role (coming off the bench) since I have been here, to make shots when my number is called,” Wyatt explained. “My teammates did a fabulous job of finding me when I was open. In college I have found ways to be on my game when I am called.”
OU caught fire from beyond the arc in the first two quarters to build a 45-26 advantage at halftime. Five different Sooners hit at least one 3-pointer in the opening half to allow OU to build its early lead.
OCU trimmed the Sooners’ lead down 47-38 heading into the fourth quarter, but OU responded with a 10-0 run to pushed its lead to 59-40 with 4:26 remaining.
Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale was pleased with how her team responded after facing adversity early in the second half.
“We have some resilience. Some individual, personal resilience. We’re not going to go away. A couple of those shots in the third quarter went down in the cylinder then came back out and you’re just like ‘how did that happen?,” Coale said. “Just having the fortitude and continue to work for rhythm and to trust yourself and to trust your teammates. I think you saw some maturity. A couple of guys looked a little frustrated, but for the most part the team level of handling that was really good.”
OU made 11 of its 27 (.462) 3-point field goal attempts against the Stars and was 24-of-62 (.387) from the field overall. The Sooners outrebounded OCU, 45-39, on the glass and forced 20 turnovers.
Redshirt senior Peyton Little scored nine points on 3-of-6 shooting, while Maddie Manning and Gioya Carter added in seven points apiece. Junior Vionise Pierre-Louis pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.
Daniela Wallen finished with a near double-double for the Stars, recording a game-high 21 points and nine rebounds. Mariana Duran added in 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting for the Stars. OCU is coached by former Oklahoma assistant Bo Overton, who helped the Sooners to three Big 12 titles and the 2002 Final Four during his time at OU.
The Sooners open the regular season on Sunday against Southern Illinois at Lloyd Noble Center. Tip-off is set for 12:30 p.m. CT and the game will air live on Fox Sports Oklahoma.