Oct. 28, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- In need of a win to clinch a second-straight postseason appearance, Oklahoma turned in one of its most impressive performances of the season in a 3-0 win at Kansas on Friday.
Annalisa Hall, Amy Petrikin and Caitlin Mooney found the back of the net while Dria Hampton assisted on two of the scores to extend the Sooners' season into next week at the 2011 Big 12 Championship in San Antonio, Texas.
The win in the regular-season finale improved the Sooners' overall record to 7-12 and 2-6 in Big 12 play and marked the program's first back-to-back appearances in the Big 12 Championship since the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
"The girls did a good job executing today against a very talented Kansas team," said OU Head Coach Nicole Nelson. "I am very proud of the perseverance this group has shown. It has been a very tough stretch and their character is evident in the way they've continued to compete."
On top of the breakout performance by the offense, the Sooners posted their third shutout of the season and second by Kelsey Devonshire, who made four saves in the OU goal on Friday. It marked the 15th shutout of Devonshire's career.
OU will play as the tournament's No. 8 seed against regular season champion Oklahoma State on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The Bedlam rivals met last season in the title game of the conference tournament, the first-ever postseason meeting between the Sooners and Cowgirls.
Hampton tied a program record with two assists in Friday's game, a feat that has been accomplished 19 times in OU history and twice now by the junior from Piedmont, Okla. Hampton also had two assists against Middle Tennessee as a true freshman. Hampton leads OU with a career-best six assists in 2011 and moved into a tie for second all-time with 15 career assists and three behind the program's leader in Lauren MacIver.
The Sooners took an early 1-0 lead for the second straight game, which has resulted in a 7-1 record this season. Hall tallied her third goal in the last five games off a free kick at the 12:44 mark in the first half. The unassisted goal from 25 yards out gave OU a 1-0 lead that held up to intermission.
OU extended its lead in the 55th minute off another set play, this time with Petrikin heading in Hampton's corner kick for her team-leading sixth goal of the season.
With just under 30 minutes to play, the Sooners put the game out of reach as Hampton struck again finding Mooney for her team-leading sixth goal of the season.
The three goals on Friday marked the fifth time this season that the Sooners scored three or more goals in a game, but the first since Big 12 play began. After being shut out in the first three games of the conference slate by Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Texas, the Sooners have eight goals in the last five games of the season.
The Sooners trail the all-time series with the Jayhawks, 9-6-1, but are unbeaten in four of the last five meetings, including the last three games in Lawrence.
Kansas will either be the No. 6 or No. 7 seed with an 11-8 overall mark and 3-5 conference record. The Jayhawks entered Friday tied with Missouri, which plays at Iowa State later today. The Cyclones were eliminated from postseason play with the Sooners' victory. OU held the head-to-head tiebreaker with ISU after defeating them 2-1 earlier this season in Norman.
The top eight teams in the standings advance to the Big 12 Championship in San Antonio, Texas on Nov. 2-6. All the matches will be streamed live on Big12Sports.com with a video webcast, with the exception of the championship game (televised by FSN).
The remainder of the bracket along with game times for Wednesday's quarterfinal matches will be announced on Big12Sports.com after the conclusion of the other games in action.