Feb 19, 2002
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Longhorns are starting to make a habit of beating the best teams in the country.
Stacy Stephens scored 20 points to lift No. 15 Texas to a 68-62 victory over No. 3 Oklahoma in overtime Tuesday night.
Despite shooting just 21-of-55 from the field, the Longhorns pulled their second upset over a Top 5 opponent in a week. They defeated No. 4 Tennessee 69-66 on Feb. 12.
"We've got two huge wins that I term NCAA wins, and that's big for us," Texas coach Jody Conradt said. "It doesn't bother me if we're missing shots and playing defense."
The Sooners shot even worse than Texas, missing their first 11 attempts in both halves en route to a woeful 20-of-60 shooting performance.
Even more damaging to Oklahoma's hopes for victory was its free-throw shooting.
Texas (17-8, 8-6 Big 12) made 25 of 31 free throws, while Oklahoma (22-3, 12-2) was just 15-of-29 from the line.
"It was ugly. Really, really ugly," Sooners coach Sherri Coale said. "We didn't have any sync. That's uncharacteristic of our team, and we'll burn the film."
The Longhorns led most of the way, but Oklahoma had a chance to win at the end of regulation. Dionnah Jackson's jumper from just beyond the foul line bounced off the rim at the buzzer.
In overtime, Texas made its first four shots to build a 63-59 lead.
Longhorns guard Tai Dillard began the extra period with a deep jumper from the left corner. Oklahoma answered with an inside bucket by Jamie Talbert, but that proved to be the last basket of the game for the Sooners.
Trailing 63-60, Oklahoma's Rosalind Ross missed a 3-pointer that would have tied it. Instead, Texas made five of eight free throws down the stretch to hold on.
Texas took its largest lead at 51-41 with 4:34 to play on a layup by Stephens. But Oklahoma's Stacey Dales got her team back in the game by scoring the next five points.
Dales, who finished with a team-high 17 points, gave the Sooners their only lead of the second half when she buried a 3-pointer with 57 seconds remaining, putting Oklahoma up 54-53.
A free throw by Ross extended the lead to 55-53, but Tracy Cook hit a short jumper to tie it with 16 seconds left.