Freshmen Lead Sooners Past Missouri

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 08, 2012

  1st 2nd F
 Missouri 33 26 59
 Oklahoma 23 47 70
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 Stat Comparison OU MU
 Points 70 59
 FG Made-Att. 23-59 19-49
 FG Percentage 39.0% 38.8%
 3FG Made-Att. 4-17 8-22
 3FG Percentage 23.5% 36.4%
 FT Made-Att. 20-29 13-14
 FT Percentage 69.0% 92.9%
 Rebounds 36 35
 Assists 16 13
 Turnovers 8 20
 Blocks 4 6
 Steals 9 2
 Individual Leaders
 Stat  Oklahoma  Missouri
 Points  Campbell (22)  Flores (18)
 Rebounds  Williams (10)  Flores (6)
 Assists  Hand (5)  Simmons (4)
 Steals  4 Players (2)  Flores (2)
 Blocks  Williams (2)  Flores (2)
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Oklahoma's freshmen might be peaking at just the right time.

Led by a stout second-half effort from Sharane Campbell and Kaylon Williams, the Sooners advanced to their fourth consecutive Big 12 Championship semifinal with a 70-59 win over Missouri Thursday at Municipal Auditorium.

Campbell scored 17 of her 22 and Williams had all of her career-high 12 points in the second half as Oklahoma rallied from one of its worst periods of shooting to one of its best.

"We weren't shooting it very well in the first half at all," OU head coach Sherri Coale said, "really from anywhere, inside or outside.

"We felt out best opportunity to get points on the board early was to go inside, had some success with that."

The No. 2-seeded Sooners hit just 26 percent of its shots in the first half, its second lowest percentage of the season and worst since 25 percent against 10-seed Missouri on Jan. 28. But then the teams traded sides of the court in the second half and, likewise, shooting proficiency.

Missouri missed 18 of its 26 second-half field goal attempts while Oklahoma hit a season high 58 percent (14 of 24) over the final 20 minutes.

"I though Kay Kay (Williams) really got us going in the second. We were able to attack a little bit and got them on their heels."

Oklahoma trailed by as much as 12 early in the second half before Williams established her dominance on the boards. Williams corralled seven rebounds in a four-minute span that led directly to 9 points and Oklahoma's first lead of the game, which it never relenquished.


Williams blocked a BreAnna Brock layup that spawned a Whitney Hand 3-pointer to put the Sooners up 10 with 3 1/2 minutes to play.

"We got lost in the second half just in playing and not worrying about losing, not being tight," Hand said. "I think that really opened us all up and allowed us to play with a little bit more energy."

From there, Campbell forced her way to the free throw line for six attempts as part of 12-for-14 shooting she would collect at the charity stripe.

Williams totaled 10 rebounds for her second career double-double. Aaryn Ellenberg scored 12 points and Hand had 10 to complete four Sooners in double figures.

Six-foot-3 Christine Flores led Missouri with 18 points, but was shutout for the first 10 minutes of the second half as the 5-10 Campbell suffocated the senior for most of the period.

The Sooners will face 3-seed Texas A&M in a semifinal matchup Friday at 2:30 p.m. The teams split home wins during the regular season.



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