Feb. 22, 2003
NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma women's basketball team held off a late rally by Iowa State for a comfortable 61-48 victory Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center. Oklahoma snapped an eight game losing streak to ISU with the win and improved its Big 12 record to 7-6 and overall mark to 16-10. Iowa State dropped to 5-8 in league and 10-14 overall.
""I was very pleased with our defensive effort," said OU Head Coach Sherri Coale. "I thought we adhered to the game plan, almost perfectly. We really contested their three point shots. I felt we did a better job of that than we have done all year."
Sophomore guard Dionnah Jackson out shot the Cylclones from behind the three-point arc, making a career-high five three-pointers on seven attempts. ISU could only muster one three-point basket, despite shooting a season-high, 23 from behind the arc. The lone trey was the Cylclones worst three-point output of the season and their percentage, 4.3, was also a season low. OU stifiled the Cyclones offense from end-to-end, holding them to 30 percent shooting from the floor, another season low.
"But for the most part, in the first half particularly, we really contested well," said Coale. "We challenged them and we keep stats of that every single game. Teams never shoot over 30 percent when they are contested. I don't care if you're playing UCONN."
Jacskon would end the afternoon with a team-high 20 points, seven assists and seven boards.
"We worked in practice on taking open shots and I just took them," said Jackson. "When someone passes up their shot and gives you an extra pass, you have to take that shot. The assist and extra pass just compliment each other."
Junior Maria Villaroel notched her first and the only double-double of the day by scoring 13 and grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds. Freshman Chelsi Welch had her nine games of score 10 or more points snapped as ISU held Welch to just eight points, after scoring a career-high at Texas Tech Wednesday. Defensively, OU had three players with seven rebounds, Beky Preston, Lauren Shoush, Jackson. The Sooners outrebounded the Cyclones, 43-38.
Despite only shooting 36 percent (18-50) from the field, OU dished out 16 assists to its 18 made field goals. OU's assist to field goal ratio was the highest of the season. ISU had only six assists to its 18 field goals made.
Senior Lindsay Wilson scored a game-high 21 points in the losing effort. Wilson was the only ISU player to record double-digit points.
The victory snapped a two game losing streak for Oklahoma and improved its home record to 7-4.
Oklahoma, currently fifth in the Big 12, hosts a crucial matchup with Missouri in the home season finale, Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.