November 11, 2004
NORMAN, Okla. -- The 22nd-ranked Oklahoma women's basketball team concluded its exhibition schedule with an impressive 91-61 victory over Oklahoma Christian Thursday night inside the Lloyd Noble Center.
Four Sooners scored in double digits, led by junior Antoinette Wadsworth and sophomore Chelsi Welch. Wadsworth came off the bench for a productive night producing a team-best 16 points and grabbing a game-high nine rebounds. Welch scored in double figures for the second consecutive game adding 15. She led the Sooners with 16 tallies last Thursday in the win over Latvia.
For the first five minutes of opening action, the two teams traded baskets. OU led 10-8 at the 14:57 mark but went on a 20-2 run to stretch its lead to 20-points, 30-10, with 8:18 to play before intermission. Wadsworth scored six points during the Sooners' first half run.
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Junior Beky Preston was also effective in the first 20 minutes. She finished the game with eight rebounds to accompany her 11 points after seeing limited action in the second half. OU closed the half with a 43-25 lead and a convincing 35 to 17 rebounding edge (17 offensive boards).
OU opened the second session with a 9-0 run keyed by seven points from Welch to extend the Sooners' lead to 27. The lead would grow as large as 34 points, 88-54, on a made jumper by freshman Stephanie McGhee. McGhee chipped in seven points off the bench. With 11 players playing at least 10 minutes, the Sooners bench performance was solid. OU got 49 points and 29 of 60 rebounds from its subs.
Preseason All-American senior Dionnah Jackson put together another solid evening with 11 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals in 20 minutes of play.
For the game, Oklahoma out rebounded the Lady Eagles, 60-35, and outscored them 38-8 in the paint. OU's defense also forced OCU into 23 turnovers which results in 33 Sooner points.
Oklahoma is now set to open regular season action against Southeast Missouri State. The Sooners will host the Bobcats on Friday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. inside the Lloyd Noble Center.