Dec 1, 2002
HONOLULU (AP) - Dionnah Jackson scored 21 points, including a 3-pointer that put No. 22 Oklahoma ahead to stay in a 66-63 victory Saturday night over 11th-ranked North Carolina in the semifinals of the Rainbow Wahine Classic.
The victory put the Sooners (5-1) in the championship game Sunday against fifth-ranked Connecticut, a 60-53 winner earlier Saturday over Hawaii. The finale will be a rematch of last season's NCAA title game won by UConn.
Down by 12 points in the second half, the Tar Heels (3-1), who got 16 points from Coretta Brown, rallied to take a 46-45 lead on La'Tangela Atkinson's basket off a missed free throw with 11:55 remaining.
On the next play, Jackson hit a 3-pointer to put the Sooners in front for good. They extended the lead to 11 points, but the Tar Heels got it back to two on Brown's free throws with 15 seconds left.
Then Jackson made one of two free throws before Brown missed a 3-pointer in the game's closing seconds.
Maria Villarroel added 15 points for Oklahoma, which got 13 from Chelsi Welch and 10 from Theresa Schuknecht.
Candace Sutton added 13 points for North Carolina.
The uptempo game resulted in 45 turnovers.