Feb. 28, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Courtney Paris had 25 points and 16 rebounds for her 122nd career double-double as Oklahoma (No. 3 ESPN/USA Today, No. 2 AP) clinched a share of the Big 12 Conference title with a 73-63 win over Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Oklahoma (25-3, 13-1) bounced back from a one-point midweek loss at Texas A&M (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) that ended the Sooners' 20-game winning streak.
Andrea Riley scored 29 points to lead Oklahoma State (15-12, 4-10) which suffered a serious blow to any hopes of receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
The Cowgirls have lost 20 of the last 21 games in the Bedlam series against the Sooners, including 11 straight in Norman. Overall, Oklahoma State has dropped seven of its last eight.
Sophomore guard Jenny Vining, pressed into extended action because of injuries and foul trouble, went 5-of-10 from 3-point range and scored a season-high 15 points for Oklahoma. Vining's previous season high of 12 points came in Oklahoma's first win over Oklahoma State.
No. 6 Baylor could still earn a share of the conference crown, although Oklahoma will be the top seed in the upcoming Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City because the Sooners swept the Bears during the regular season.
Unlike the first Bedlam game, in which the Sooners built an 18-point lead in the first 11 minutes and never trailed en route to a 93-75 win, the Cowgirls pushed Oklahoma early. Oklahoma State did so by controlling the boards and slowing the pace for much of the first half while going 4-of-8 from 3-point range.
The Cowgirls took their first lead at 17-15 on a 3-pointer by Taylor Hardeman with 12:54 left in the first half and led by as many as six points. Oklahoma played from behind until Vining's 3-pointer from the corner in the final minute of the half put the Sooners ahead 33-31 at halftime.
The Sooners opened the second half on a 12-2 run to open up a 45-33 lead. Stevenson scored 10 of her 13 points during that stretch, on two 3-pointers and four free throws.
Oklahoma State came no closer than 10 points the rest of the way as the Sooners built their lead to as many as 24 points, 62-38 on a 3-pointer by Vining with 11:19 left. Amanda Thompson punctuated the win for Oklahoma, racing to block a layup attempt by Riley from behind with 3:58 left. Thompson blocked four shots for the Sooners.
A 12-3 game-ending run by Oklahoma State cut the final margin to 10 points. Shaunte Smith had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Cowgirls, who were outrebounded 45-33 by Oklahoma.
Oklahoma played its second game without starting shooting guard Whitney Hand, who suffered a broken left index finger on Feb. 21 in a win over Baylor. Starting point guard Danielle Robinson picked up her fourth foul 38 seconds into the second half and didn't return, finishing with two points in a season-low 13 minutes.
Robinson's backup, freshman Jasmine Hartman, played a career-high 27 minutes and teamed with Stevenson -- who had replaced Hand in the starting lineup -- to run the point in Robinson's absence.