No. 19 Sooners Victorious in Double OT

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 07, 2017
WEST VIRGINIA
Oklahoma
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90
Oklahoma
19/20 OKLAHOMA
Stat Comparison
Category WVU OU
Points  87  90
FGM-A  26-71  30-67
FG%  37  45
3 FGM-A  11-30  5-16
3 FG%  37  31
FTM-A  24-27  25-34
FT%  89  74
Rebounds  44  44
Assists  14  15
Turnovers  21  17
Blocks  5  2
Steals  8  8
Individual Leaders
Category WVU
OU
Points  Martin - 35  Pierre-Louis - 33
Rebounds  Muldrow - 13  Pierre-Louis - 13
Assists Two Players - 5  Ortiz - 4
Steals  Two Players - 2  Little - 3
Blocks  Rhodes - 2 Two Players - 1

NORMAN -- No. 19 Oklahoma made a dominant comeback to top West Virginia, 90-87, Tuesday night in double overtime. Junior center Vionise Pierre-Louis led the charge with 33 points and 13 rebounds.

The win over the Mountaineers (16-8, 4-8 Big 12) marks the largest comeback against a Big 12 opponent during the regular season in school history for the Sooners (19-6, 10-3 Big 12). It was the first double overtime game for Oklahoma since Jan. 29, 2015 at Texas.

OU trailed by as many as 15 points with 5:08 to play in the third quarter. A 3-pointer from Gioya Carter sparked an OU run as Pierre-Louis made eight straight shots from the floor to tie the game at 61-61 with 2:53 left in the fourth quarter.

Both teams traded free throws to close the fourth quarter as the Sooners grabbed the first lead at the 1:06 mark as Gabbi Ortiz nailed two shots at the line. After the Mountaineers retook the lead at the line with a pair of free throws from Teanna Muldrow, Carter sent the game to overtime by making one free throw with 0:45 left in regulation. 

In the first extra period, Pierre-Louis rose to the occassion by scoring eight of OU's 11 points. WVU regained the lead twice with under 1:10 left, but Pierre-Louis closed the period with four straight free throws to send the game to a second overtime.

After West Virginia's Tynice Martin opened the second OT with two 3-pointers, Derica Wyatt hit the biggest shot of her senior season with a baseline trey to give OU the lead for good at 85-84 with 2:19 left in the second extra frame.

OU sealed the game down the stretch as Ortiz and Pierre-Louis combined to hit 5-of-6 from the line to seal the Sooners' first double overtime victory since 2007.

CLASSIC COMEBACK

Pierre-Louis, who picked up her seventh double-double of the season, finsihed with a career high 33 points. The junior center was 12-of-18 from the floor and set a career high with nine made free throws on 12 attempts. The junior scored 31 of her 33 points in the second half and during overtime.

Carter added in 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field, while hitting 4-of-6 at the free throw line in 33 minutes to fuel the comeback bid for the Sooners.

Peyton Little scored 11 of her 13 points in the first half for the Sooners, who trailed 33-25, at intermission. The redshirt senior chipped in five rebounds, three assists and three steals, while setting the school record by playing all 50 minutes during Tuesday night's contest. 

Gabbi Ortiz paced the OU offense, playing a career-high 48 minutes in the victory. The junior chipped in nine points, collected seven rebounds and led the way with four assists. Chelsea Dungee scored nine points on 4-of-8 shooting in a career-best 39 minutes of action in her first start since Jan. 11.

Tynice Martin led all scorers with 35 points on 14-of-24 shooting from the floor and finished 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. Muldrow recorded a double-double with 22 points and 13 minutes, while leading the Mountaineers with five assists in 47 minutes. Lanay Montgomery recorded 10 points and nine rebounds, but fouled out in the fourth quarter.

After a slow start in the opening quarter, the Sooners rallied to finish with a .448 (30-for-67) field goal percentage. WVU bested OU from 3-point range, .367-.331, and at the free throw line, .889-.735. Both teams recorded 44 rebounds, while the Sooners forced 21 turnovers and posted eight steals.

Tuesday night's victory gave the Sooners their ninth straight home win and improved OU's record to 13-1 at the Lloyd Noble Center this season.

The Sooners return to the road this Saturday as they face Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest/Fox Sports Oklahoma.

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