Upset Bid Slips by Sooners

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 13, 2014
West VirginiaWest Virginia
Stat Comparison
Category WVU Oklahoma
Points 76 75
FG-A 24-56 23-60
FG% 42.9 38.3
3FG-A 4-17 3-15
3FG% 23.5 20.0
FT-A 24-27 26-38
FT% 88.9 68.4
Rebounds 40 36
Assists 7 9
Turnovers 22 17
Blocks 1 5
Steals 9 10
Inidividual Leaders
Category WVU
Points Holmes - 19 Ellenberg - 18
Rebounds Two Players - 8 Griffin - 9
Assists Two Players - 2 Hook - 3
Steals Two Players - 2 Ellenberg - 3
Blocks Fields - 1 Griffin - 5
Player of the Game
Aaryn Ellenberg // Sr. // G
Ellenberg scored 18 points to become the second leading all-time scorer in Oklahoma women's basketball history with 2,190 career points.

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma had a big lead and then couldn’t make a shot. West Virginia had the game won, then made a critical error.

No. 13 West Virginia (20-3, 10-2 Big 12) rallied from a 14-point deficit, but lucked out to beat Oklahoma (15-10, 6-6) 76-75 Thursday in an improbable finish at the Lloyd Noble Center.

With three-tenths of a second remaining, T’ona Edwards missed the second of two free throws needed to send the game to overtime.

“We missed some good looks in the second half," OU head coach Sherri Coale said. "We got the ball where it needed to go and missed some good looks."

Oklahoma shot 47 percent in the first half and led 44-33 after the first period, but made just nine of 30 field goal attempts to finish the game. The Sooners missed their last nine field goal attempts, including six layups, over the final seven minutes of the game.

"We bogged down after about the midway point of the second half. We had multiple opportunities to stretch our lead and we didn’t."

Bria Holmes scored a game-high 19 points for the Mountaineers, who earned their fourth straight win, to remain second in the Big 12 Conference.

Aaryn Ellenberg added 18 points for Oklahoma, becoming its second leading career scorer in the process.  Ellenberg passed Phylesha Whaley, who totaled 2,187 between 1997-2000.

West Virginia’s Asya Bussie, who scored 10 points before fouling out, converted an and-1 to tie the game at 71-71 with 3:18 remaining.

"I thought the stretch that killed us was when we had a 6-point lead and we missed a layup and they went down and scored and we got it back and missed another layup and then they went down and scored. That was the exchange that got us. It gave them momentum and it gave them confidence and that is when you have to bury teams.”

With one minute to play, the Sooners snatched the lead back when Nicole Kornet made two free throws for a one-point advantage.

Bria Holmes drove over Edwards on the next possession, but the Sooners couldn’t capitalize as Sharane Campbell missed two free throws. Averee Fields hit the go-ahead jumper with 13 seconds to play.

Morgan Hook missed a last-chance layup but the Sooners managed to foul Taylor Palmer with 1.6 seconds on the clock. After Palmer made her second Kornet heaved a cross-court pass into a scrum. The ball squirted to Edwards, who collided with Palmer as the buzzer sounded.

After a monitor review, the officials added time, but Edwards was unable to extend the game.

“It is easy to go back to those free throws," Coale said, "and the last kid standing at the line always feels the worst but there were many before that and there were some in the first half. In a one-point game there are a million things that you could point to that, had you done differently, the outcome would have been different.”

Oklahoma made 26 of 38 free throw attempts. West Virginia was 24 of 27 at the line.



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