|Points||Brooks - 12||Little - 18|
|Rebounds||Cook-Taylor - 8||Pierre-Louis - 11|
|Assists||Three Players - 2||Manning - 3|
|Steals||Two Players - 2||Eight Players - 1|
|Blocks||Five Players - 1||Three Players - 2|
NORMAN – Sparked by a stout defensive performance, the No. 22/25 Oklahoma women’s basketball team picked up its fifth Big 12 victory of the season as it rolled past Texas Tech, 66-45, on Saturday afternoon inside Lloyd Noble Center.
The Sooners (14-4 , 5-1 Big 12) limited the Lady Raiders (11-6 , 3-3 Big 12) to a season-low point total on just 19-of-64 shooting from the field (29.7 percent), including a 3-of-15 mark from 3-point range (20 percent). OU made 27 of their 64 shots (42.2 percent) and outrebounded Texas Tech, 49-39.
“I think collectively it was one of our best defensive efforts because, to the outside eye, it looked like it was pretty easy today but they are a mess to guard," OU head coach Sherri Coale said. "They have athleticism, speed, they have shooters, Caldwell keeps you on a string all the time, and they got a big guy. It was not easy and there were times that we made it look pretty easy, so yes it was definitely one of our best.”
Three Sooners scored in double figures in the contest, paced by redshirt senior Peyton Little, whose 18 points were a game high. Little also grabbed five rebounds and tallied two assists, tied a career high with two blocks and a steal for the home team.
Junior Vionise Pierre-Louis logged her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while junior Gabbi Ortiz also contributed 10 points and added five rebounds and an assist. Ortiz has now scored in double figures in four straight games for the Sooners.
OU came out firing on the offensive end, opening the first quarter on an 11-0 run and taking an 18-11 advantage at the end of the frame. The Sooners built on their lead in the second quarter to go up 34-18 at the half.
“It set the pace, for sure," Coale said of the run. "The opening possession all five guys touched the ball so Tech knew they were going to have to defend. Then we locked down on defense and I think made them uncomfortable. They weren’t able to run their stuff with any sort of rhythm or cadence. It got away from us there for a minute on the offensive end; we were getting great shots and they weren’t going in the basket but we were able to get the ball inside and Vivi (Pierre-Louis) answered and it kind of calmed the ship for a little bit. Then we were able to take off again. It felt like we at first had this punch, then we had another one and that’s kind of how the day went. We had another one in the third quarter and that’s what did it.”
The win marked OU's 12th straight victory over Texas Tech, its third longest winning streak against a Big 12 opponent in program history. Additionally, it was the first time the Sooners held an opponent to fewer than 20 points in the first half since Dec. 7, 2014 against North Texas.
Junior Larryn Brooks led the Lady Raiders with 12 points, while junior Jada Terry added 10. Redshirt senior Ivonne Cook-Taylor secured a team-high eight rebounds.
Up next, the Sooners travel to Austin, Texas, to face No. 16/17 Texas. The contest is set for a 6 p.m. CT start on Tuesday and will air on FS1.