Sooners Earn Bedlam Sweep with 66-60 Victory
|Points||Coleman - 19||Ortiz - 17|
|Rebounds||Jensen - 15||Manning - 9|
|Assists||Loecker - 4||Two Players - 3|
|Steals||Three Players - 2||Little - 4|
|Blocks||Three Players - 1||Two Players - 1|
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Gabbi Ortiz scored 17 points to help No. 18 Oklahoma defeat Oklahoma State, 66-60, on Saturday afternoon.
Peyton Little and Maddie Manning each added 11 points for the Sooners, who swept the season series from the Cowgirls. Oklahoma won first meeting 68-62 in Norman on Jan 22.
Oklahoma (18-6, 9-3 Big 12) led by 15 in the first half, squandered it, then rallied.
Oklahoma State's Kaylee Jensen, the Big 12's leader in scoring and rebounding, finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds. She made just 7 of 23 shots from the floor and committed seven turnovers.
Mandy Coleman led Oklahoma State with 19 points and Kelli Wheeler overcame a minor leg injuy to finish with 15 points. Oklahoma State (13-9, 3-8 Big 12) shot 30.9 percent to lose its third straight.
Oklahoma made seven of its first 10 shots to take a 19-4 lead and force an Oklahoma State timeout. The Sooners led 23-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Oklahoma State rallied in the second and cut its deficit to 30-26 at halftime. The Cowgirls took the lead early in the third quarter, but Oklahoma withstood the surge and led 47-44 at the end of the period.
Oklahoma held on by making 10 of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter.
Oklahoma remained in third place in the Big 12 with the win. The Sooners couldn't afford a loss to the Cowgirls, who are talented but in the lower half of the Big 12 standings.
Oklahoma State has come agonizingly close against ranked opponents this season, with a six-point loss at Oklahoma and a five-point loss at Kansas State within the past two weeks.
Oklahoma State plays at Kansas on Wednesday. Kansas is in last place in the Big 12.
Oklahoma hosts No. 22 West Virginia on Tuesday. West Virginia won the first meeting 83-73 in Morgantown.