Manning's Career-High Fuels Win Over Tulsa

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 11, 2016
Stat Comparison
Category TU
OU
Points 68   85
FGM-A 25-63  31-64 
FG% .397  .484 
3 FGM-A 11-21  4-9 
3 FG% .524  .444 
FTM-A 7-7  19-24 
FT% 1.000  .792 
Rebounds 34  39 
Assists 13  14 
Turnovers 21  15 
Blocks
Steals 15 
Individual Leaders
Category TU
OU
Points Parker - 20 Manning - 24
Rebounds Two Players - 4  Manning - 8 
Assists Perez - 4  Edwards - 5
Steals Wakefield - 4  Two Players - 4 
Blocks Gaulden - 1  Two Players - 3 

NORMAN – Maddie Manning scored a career-high 24 points as No. 19 Oklahoma rolled past Tulsa, 85-68, on Sunday at Lloyd Noble Center.

Five other Sooners (7-2) scored at least eight points against the Golden Hurricane (3-7), including 15 from Peyton Little and 10 from freshman Nancy Mulkey. OU has won 25 out of the last 26 meetings against Tulsa, including 10 in a row in Norman. 

The Sooners, who led for nearly the entire game, jumped out to a 25-16 first-quarter lead after shooting .571 (8-for-14) from the floor in the opening frame. Little hit her three shot attempts to begin the game, while freshman Chelsea Dungee scored five of her nine points in the opening quarter. 

Despite seven first-half treys from Tulsa, OU used an 8-0 run midway through the second quarter to push its lead into double figures for good. 

In the second half, Manning paced OU's offensive attack with 16 of her game-high 24 points. The redshirt senior finished 6-of-8 from the field in the game's final 20 minutes, hitting a pair of treys and recording five rebounds.

“It felt really good," Manning said of her performance. "It was good because I felt like our whole team was immersed in the game. Everybody came in and contributed in some way. Just getting that momentum going into the break and into the tournament is huge for us.”

The 24-point performance marked the first-ever game with 20-plus points during her OU career, as Manning led the Sooners with eight rebounds and picked up three steals. 

Little finished in double figures for the 48th time as a Sooner and added in a season-high four steals. Mulkey, who has scored in double figures in back-to-back contests, tied a career-high with three blocks and finished with a season-best six rebounds. 

LaNesia Williams added in nine points on 4-of-8 shooting off the bench as OU's reserves contributed a season-high 55 points. Gabbi Ortiz chipped in eight points along with a career-best four steals. 

The Sooners combated Tulsa's 3-point shooting effort by forcing 21 Golden Hurricane turnovers and scoring 25 points off of TU miscues. OU also posted a season-high 15 steals, its most in a single game since recording 15 at TCU last season. 

OU was 31-of-64 (.484) from the field, 4-of-9 (.444) from 3-point range and 19-of-24 (.792) at the free throw line in the win. The Sooners also won the rebounding margin, 39-34, and finished with 14 assists and seven blocks.

Tulsa's Ebony Parker was the only player to score in double figures for the Golden Hurricane, finishing with a team-high 20 points off the bench, knocking down six 3-pointers in 29 minutes of action. 

The Sooners get an eight-day layoff before closing out their non-conference slate in Las Vegas, Nev. for the 2016 Puerto Rico Classic, Dec. 19-21. 

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No. 19 OKLAHOMA 85, TULSA 68

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