Oct. 4, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma offense came alive at home on Thursday night to end a two-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over Baylor.
Senior Tenesha Duncan came off the bench to record her fourth goal of the season, which put OU ahead, 2-1, with 22 minutes left in the game.
After going without a goal in the last three games, the Sooners tallied three goals on Thursday to record their first Big 12 victory of the season. OU has scored three or more goals on three occasions this season and is 3-0 in those contests and 33-0-1 under ninth-year head coach Randy Evans.
"It was nice to have our most talented lineup out there tonight after all of the injuries so far this season," said Evans. "It was refreshing to have the ability to score every time we touched the ball. It's a completely different look than what we have had in the last six games."
One of the Sooners' injured players was their leading scorer, freshman forward Whitney Palmer. After Baylor took an early 1-0 lead in the 10th minute, Palmer, who has been limited with a hamstring strain in the last six games, helped tie that game up at the 21:32 mark with her team leading sixth goal of the season. Palmer was assisted by junior Katie Corbitt's first helper of the season.
In the 68th minute, Duncan gave OU its first lead of the game. The go-ahead goal was Duncan's first game-winning goal of the season and the third of her career.
The Sooners put the game out of reach at the 84:02 mark when freshman forward Lauren Alkek scored her first goal of the season. Alkek has also been hampered by injury this season, missing six games due to a right-knee sprain, and made her first start on Friday since Sept. 2.
With the win, Oklahoma ups its overall record to 5-4-2 on the season and 1-2-0 in the Big 12. Baylor falls to 6-4-2 and 0-2-1 in conference play.
The Sooners are unbeaten at home in the last nine games dating back to Sept. 24, 2006. OU is 8-0-1 in that span and has outscored its opponents, 29-4 (16-2 advantage in 2007).
"We know that we are capable of a performance like this," added Evans. "So its reassuring to be right back in the mix and we are comfortable where we are right now."
The Sooners held a 12-11 advantage in shots and trailed Baylor, 3-2, in corner kicks.
Defensively, redshirt freshman Tara Macdonald was solid in goal after allowing the early Baylor score. Macdonald made two saves to improve to 2-2-1 on the season and was aided by Helen Ajufo's team save on the Sooners' goal line in the second half.
Oklahoma will face one of its toughest tests of the season on Sunday when No. 6 Texas A&M comes to Norman. The Sooners and Aggies are slated for a 1 p.m. start on Oct. 7 at John Crain Field.
"The Big 12 is so difficult on the road for everybody that it is important to win every home game," said Evans. "Regardless of how touted the team coming in is, you need to expect to win. A game like we played today gives us the confidence for Sunday."