No. 19 OU Rolls Past UTRGV, 92-59
|Points||Kjartansdottir - 15||Two Players - 13|
|Rebounds||Kjartansdottir - 8||Pierre-Louis - 10|
|Assists||Havili - 2||Edwards - 6|
|Steals||Two Players - 2||Two Players - 3|
|Blocks||Savoy -2||Pierre-Louis - 3|
NORMAN – Five Sooners scored in double figures Thursday night as No. 19 Oklahoma defeated UT Rio Grande Valley, 92-59, at Lloyd Noble Center.
OU (6-2) used a second-half surge to take down UTRGV (5-4), outscoring the Vaqueros by a 51-point margin in the final two quarters. Freshman center Nancy Mulkey keyed a 10-0 run by scoring eight points for the Sooners in the third quarter to finish with a career-best 11 points off the bench.
Up 47-41 at halftime, the Sooners used their height advantage to push their lead into double digits as Mulkey, who was 4-for-5 from the field and 3-of-4 at the foul line Thursday night, scored four times on five possessions.
“I was pleased with our second half," OU head coach Sherri Coale said. "I thought the intensity and our ability to turn them over united our offense. We got lost in the joy of competing. The game is a lot easier when you do that. Shooting percentages were obviously good in the second half and that helps a lot too. A lot of that was creating good looks at the basket because of our defense.”
The Sooners finished 11-of-15 from the field in the third quarter as OU knocked down seven straight shots to close the frame. The hot shooting continued into the fourth quarter as OU outscored UTRGV, 26-9, to close the game. The Sooners posted a .633 (19-of-30) field goal percentage in the second half.
Vionise Pierre-Louis picked up her fourth double-double of the season with a 13-point, 10-rebound performance. The junior center also finished with three blocks and moved into seventh place all-time at OU with 87 career rejections.
Chelsea Dungee finished with a season-best 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting in 26 minutes. The freshman has scored in double figures in four straight games.
T'ona Edwards scored a career-high 12 points, hit two 3-pointers and dished a team-leading six assists along with a career-best six rebounds. Maddie Manning filled the box score with 12 points, five rebounds and three steals in 24 minutes of action.
OU dominated the paint against UTRGV, finishing with a 52-18 advantage in points in the paint, while outrebounding the Vaqueros by a 45-36 margin. The Sooners scored 28 points off of 21 UTRGV turnovers, while OU posted a 48-5 advantage in bench points.
The Sooners recorded a season-best .545 (36-of-66) shooting percentage in the victory. OU's field goal percentage was its best in a home win since posting a .600 clip against Iowa State last season in Norman.
OU also recorded a season-high 20 assists in the victory, with Edwards and Gabbi Oritz combining for 10 helpers. Edwards and Manning recorded three steals apiece, as the Sooners collected a season-best 14 steals.
UTRGV was led by Hildur Bjorg Kjarntansdottir's game-high 15 points, while Shawnte' Goff added in 12 points. The Vaqueros kept OU's advantage within single-digits through most of the first half in part to knocking down five 3-pointers. UTRGV went cold from beyond the arc in the second half, finishing 0-for-11 from deep.
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