Sooners Fall in Red River Rivalry
NORMAN — Sophomore Ana Llanusa led the Sooners with 17 points, while freshman Madi Williams scored 16 but the Sooners could not overcome a slow start as No. 12/14 Texas defeated Oklahoma, 76-67, on Saturday inside Lloyd Noble Center.
The Longhorns (18-4, 8-2 Big 12) jumped out to a 18-6 lead behind four 3-pointers midway through the opening quarter to build an early advantage. Down 12 points at the break, Williams scored the first seven points of the third quarter for the Sooners to bring the Texas lead down to eight points, but OU (5-15, 1-8 Big 12) could not get closer.
Llanusa led OU in scoring for the third time this season, recording 10 of her team-high 17 points in the second half. The sophomore scored the final seven points of the first half for the Sooners. Llanusa finished 6-of-13 from the field, while knocking down 4-of-5 attempts from the free throw line and finishing with five rebounds.
Williams logged seven rebounds and was 4-for-15 from the field and 8-of-12 at the foul line against Texas. The freshman scored 11 points in the second half and was 7-of-10 at the charity stripe during the final two quarters. Williams also matched her career highs with three assists and two steals.
Senior Ijeoma Odimgbe tied for the team lead with seven rebounds and added seven points off the bench in 24 minutes. Freshman Nydia Lampkin finished with a career-high six points.
Texas was led by Jatarie White, who scored a game-high 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting to go along with seven rebounds. Joyner Holmes earned a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Sug Sutton added 10 points and six assists for the Longhorns, while Danni Williams hit three treys and poured in 13 points,.
The Longhorns outshot the Sooners from the field, .448-.400, while OU best Texas at the foul line, .741-579. Texas used its size advantage on the glass, finishing with a 41-37 rebounding advantage and scored 17 second chance points.
OU heads to Stillwater on Wednesday for the first Bedlam matchup of the season against Oklahoma State. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. CT from Gallagher-Iba Arena.