No. 19 OU Wins Thriller Over No. 8 Texas, 74-73
|Points||McCarty - 16||Pierre-Louis - 21|
|Rebounds||Taylor - 9||Dungee - 7|
|Assists||Taylor - 6||Dungee/Ortiz - 5|
|Steals||Three With - 2||Ortiz/Mulkey - 2|
|Blocks||Lang - 2||Pierre-Louis - 3|
NORMAN -- Peyton Little hit a go-ahead three with two seconds remaining and Nancy Mulkey had a key steal and free throw to secure No. 19 Oklahoma's 74-73 win over No. 8 Texas Saturday afternoon at Lloyd Noble Center.
The win marks OU's seventh straight at home over the rival Longhorns (21-5, 14-1 Big 12), who entered Saturday's game with the nation's second-longest winning streak at 19 games.
Vionise Pierre-Louis led four Sooners (21-6, 12-3 Big 12) in double figures with 21 points, despite fouling out with two minutes to go. Little contributed 15 and knocked down three 3-pointers.
Gabbi Ortiz had 14 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Gioya Carter poured in 10 points. Chelsea Dungee led the Sooners in rebounding for the second straight game with seven rebounds and dished a career-high five assists.
In a game that featured 16 lead changes and nine ties, the Sooners scored 42 points in the first two quarters to grab a four-point lead at intermission. Texas rallied as Lashaun Higgs' half-court 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter gave the Longhorns a 59-56 advantage heading into the final frame.
In the fourth quarter, Little and Ortiz combined for 13 of OU's 18 points. Ortiz pulled down two offensive rebounds and the hit a stepback triple to put OU up four with 3:30 to play. The Longhorns regained the lead and led by two with 0:50 to play until Ortiz raced to the basket to tie the game at 70-70.
OU forced a Texas turnover with 29 seconds remaining to set up the final play. With the possession under the basket, Ortiz triggered an inbounds pass to a wide-open Little for her third trey of the game to put OU in front for good with two seconds left.
Mulkey, OU's tallest player at 6-9, forced another Texas turnover by intercepting the Longhorns' sideline pass out of a timeout. The freshman, who played 17 minutes and added in seven points, hit 1-of-2 at the free throw line with 00.6 remaining to put OU in front 74-70.
Oklahoma finished with a .491 (27-of-55) shooting percentage and won its 17th straight game when finishing with a .450 or higher field goal percentage. The Sooners were 5-of-13 (.385) from 3-point range and finished 15-of-18 (.833) at the foul line.
Texas was held to a .397 (27-of-68) field goal percentage, shot .645 (6-of-11) from deep and hit 13-of-16 (.813) free throw attempts.
Despite being outrebounded by the Longhorns by a 40-32 margin, the Sooners scored 38 points in the paint as Pierre-Louis recorded her third career game with with 20-plus points. OU also scored 20 points off of 15 Texas turnovers.
The Sooners begin a two-game road swing on Tuesday night at No. 24 Kansas State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT and Bramlage Coliseum.