Second Half Comeback Comes Up Short
|Points||Okonkwo - 21||Manning - 24|
|Rebounds||Moore - 11||Pierre-Louis - 10|
|Assists||Ray - 7||Pellington - 2|
|Steals||Three Players - 1||Ortiz - 3|
|Blocks||Two Players - 3||Pierre-Louis - 3|
OKLAHOMA CITY – Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year Amy Okonkwo scored 21 points and Amber Ramirez added 19, leading the parade to the foul line in the closing minutes as fifth-seeded TCU held off No. 4 seed Oklahoma, 90-83, in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament on Saturday.
Kianna Ray had 14 points and Dakota Vann 13 for the Horned Frogs (19-11), who play the winner of Kansas State-Baylor in the first semifinal on Sunday.
TCU led by 21 late in the second quarter, courtesy of hitting 9 of 15 3-point attempts in the first half, but the Sooners charged back with a 15-0 run in the third quarter to get within one. A 3-pointer from Maddie Manning had the Sooners within 71-67 with 4:42 to play but seven straight misses followed.
The Horned Frogs made 15 of 16 free throws in the final two minutes with Ramirez going 4 of 5 in the last minute.
Oklahoma shot 32 percent and TCU 61 percent in the first half, which ended 50-35.
Manning had 24 points and Shaina Pellington 22, each netting 16 in the second half, for the Sooners (16-14).
NOTES & NUGGETS
• Maddie Manning's 24 points were one shy of tying her career and the most points scored by the Ankeny, Iowa, natiive in a Big 12 Championship game in her career.
• Shaina Pellington added 22 points, marking only the third time in history that the Sooners had two players with 20 or more points in a Big 12 Championship game (March 6, 2002; March 8, 2007).
• Ana Llanusa connected on four 3-pointers and scored 17 points. OU's freshman class combined for 41 of the Sooners' 83 points scored.
• OU fell to 25-17 all-time at the Big 12 Championship. Saturday's game marked the first postseason meeting with TCU. OU is 11-7 all-time in Big 12 Championship quarterfinal games.