OU Improves Big 12 Record To 6-4 With A 78-64 Victory Over Baylor

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 11, 2003

Feb. 12, 2003

NORMAN, Okla.- - After a last second victory in the first meeting, the Oklahoma women's basketball team put together a second half run to comfortably defeat the Baylor Bear, 78-64, Wednesday night at the Lloyd Noble Center. The victory is OU's 11th consecutive against Baylor and improves its record to 6-4 (15-8 overall) in the Big 12. Baylor dropped to 4-6 in conference action and 15-7 on the season.

"I thought our kids played hard," said OU Head Coach Sherri Coale. "I appreciate the effort and I'm proud of them. I thought this game would be decided on the backboard and we out rebounded them. I think that was the difference in the game. Once again most of our baskets came off assists and that's a reflection of good, solid offense. 23 assists is a season-high for us and that is why we were able to score 78 points."

Oklahoma grabbed 10 offensive boards in the first half and canned five three pointers in route to a 31-25 lead at the intermission. Chelsi Welch knocked down two three pointers and had a team-high eight points at the break.

OU extended its first half lead thanks to improved shooting in the second half, pouring in 51.5 percent of their shots after shooting 34.4 in the first half.

Four Sooners finished with a double-digit point effort.

Junior Maria Villaroel scored a game-high 22 points, while freshman Chelsi Welch canned a career-high four three pointers in route to 18 points. Senior Theresa Schuknecht also scored 13 points and Laura Andrews put in 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Sophomore Dionnah Jackson ended the game in similar fashion to the first meeting, hitting a runner in the lane as time expired. Jackson dished out nine assists and grabbed a career-high 10 defensive rebounds. Her total of 11 boards also tied a career-high.

"I told our team in the locker room that that is a perfect example of what an impact you can have on the game when you are not scoring points," said Coale. "Sometimes kids will let their intensity level be affected by whether or not the ball is going in the basket. What Dionnah did tonight is a perfect example of how much you can effect what happens on the court even if you are not scoring. Dionnah Jackson is probably the main reason we won this game."

Baylor was led by Dionne Brown who notched a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

In the end the rebound margin swung in OU's favor 45-37 and 14-12 on the offensive glass. OU dished out 23 assists, tying a season-high and eight more than Baylor.

Oklahoma travels to Colorado, Sunday, Feb. 16 for a 3 p.m. showdown with the Buffs. The game will be natinally televised on ESPN2 with Pam Ward (play-by-play) and Ann Meyers (color analyst) calling the action.



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