November 30, 2003
The 19th-ranked Oklahoma women's basketball team won the 2003 Yellow Book Turkey Shoot-Out by defeating host Pepperdine, 95-77, inside the Firestone Fieldhouse Saturday night Malibu, Calif. The Sooners 95 points was the most scored since OU recorded 101 against Colorado in the 2001 Big 12 Tournament.
OU goes to 4-0 on the season, while Pepperdine drops to 2-2. In the consolation game, Siena defeated UC-Riverside.
Sophomore Beky Preston was named tournament MVP after leading the Sooners with 6.0 rebounds per game and averaging 11.0 points per game. For the tournament, Preston shot 60 percent (9-15) from the field, 66.7 percent (4-6) from the free throw line and scored a career-high 16 points against Siena Friday.
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Teammate Dionnah Jackson, along with Pepperdine's Kelli Spencer and Shanell Law were named to the all-tournament team as well. Jackson averaged 12 points, three rebounds and three steals per game while shooting 68.8 percent from the field.
For the third game in a row, Oklahoma shot better than 50 percent from the field, hitting 33-of-56 shots (58.9%). OU also shot 85.2 percent (23-27) from the free throw line and out rebounded PU, 34-27.
OU led the entire game with the exception of a brief period in the first half when PU's Kelli Spencer connected on a pair of free throws to push the score to 40-39 with 1:48 to play in the opening 20 minutes. After that, the Sooners went on a 9-0 run to take a 48-40 advantage at intermission.
OU dominated the second half, holding Pepperdine to 37 points. The Sooners led by as may as 20 (84-64), but the Waves cut the lead to 13, 86-73, with 4:08 remaining. That would be as close as Pepperdine would get as Oklahoma hit 13-of-16 free throws in the final 20 minutes to secure the victory. The Sooners shot 59.3 percent on the half and forced 23 Pepperdine turnovers for the game.
OU had five players to score 10 plus points and six players shot 50 percent or better from the field. Seniors Maria Villarroel and Caton Hill led OU with 18 points each, while redshirt-freshman Erin Higgins and Jackson added 16 points apiece. Freshman Leah Rush came off the bench to chip in 10 points. Preston scored six points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Villarroel added seven rebounds to her totals.
For the tournament, Oklahoma had six players to average double digits in scoring, led by Villarroel's 15.5 points per game. Others included Hill (13), Jackson (12), Rush (11.5), Preston (11) and Higgins (11). Preston topped the team with 6.0 rebounds per game, followed by Villarroel's 5.5 rpg.
Oklahoma travels to Dallas, Texas to face SMU on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m.