|Points||Enemkpali - 17||Hook - 15|
|Rebounds||Two Players - 8||Hook - 9|
|Assists||Sanders - 7||Hook - 8|
|Steals||Four Players - 1||Two Players - 2|
|Blocks||McGee-Stafford - 7||None|
|Player of the Game|
|Morgan Hook // Sr. // G
Hook totaled team highs with 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, scored the game-tying layup and game-winning free throw to earn the 'W'.
NORMAN, Okla. -- Morgan Hook nearly amassed a triple-double, leading Oklahoma to a much needed win over Texas in the Sooners’ Pack the Place Pink game Wednesday night.
Hook totaled 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists -- all team highs -- but her final three points were the most important as Oklahoma (16-11, 7-7 Big 12) defeated Texas (17-9, 8-6) 64-63.
“Morgan’s will, we just attached ourselves to Morgan’s will. We really did,” OU head coach Sherri Coale said. “She almost had a triple-double and just made tough play after tough play. When you’re a point guard with nine rebounds, that’s ‘want to.’ That’s what that is.
“She was not going to be denied this win.”
Oklahoma and Texas tied five times in the final six minutes before Hook pulled the Sooners even a final time on a layup with 17.4 seconds to play. There were 12 lead changes throughout the game.
Chassidy Fussell missed a layup on Texas' next offensive possession and then Hook drove the length of the court and drew contact with 6-foot-7 center Imani McGee-Stafford to reach the free throw line with 4.0 seconds on the clock.
“I knew I had to create a different way of trying to get to the rim and get a foul or get it over her,” Hook said, “instead of just going with a normal left-handed layup, when I saw that she was on me, I knew I was going to have to create a different way.”
McGee-Stafford scored seven points and accounted for seven of Texas’ eight blocks as she nagged the OU offense.
Nneka Enemkpali led the Longhorns with 17 points. Fussell scored 16 points.
The Longhorns had a chance for their own game-winner. Hook’s second free throw missed and was rebounded by Texas’ Nekia Jones. Jones passed ahead of the Sooner defense to Enemkpali, but the streaking Longhorn did not have time to release her shot before the buzzer blasted.
The game promoted awareness of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and women’s cancers. The Sooners wore pink uniforms and fans were greeted to free pink T-shirts laid in the Lloyd Noble Center’s 12,000 seats. More than 250 cancer survivors and families were invited to a pre-game reception and honored on the court following the national anthem.
The Sooners played without their leading scorer, Aaryn Ellenberg, who suffered a concussion in the second half against Oklahoma State last Sunday.
Oklahoma accounted for her absence as four Sooners scored above their season averages.
“I thought it was a very gutsy effort by our team,” Coale said. “I’m so proud of the freshman coming in and giving us big minutes and Portia Durrett, as a senior, who was really good today. She made key plays. She’s been good (in practice) all week; she’s been good in the locker room.”
Gioya Carter totaled 11 points and Nicole Kornet scored eight for OU. Each played a season-high 37 minutes apiece.
Oklahoma shot 39 percent in the game. Texas made 40 percent of its attempts. It was OU’s first win in nine games when shooting a lower field goal percentage than its opponent.
Oklahoma led 27-26 at halftime.
Sharane Campbell scored four unanswered points to begin the second half, but collected her fourth personal foul as Texas regained the lead with an 11-2 run.
Yet the Sooners counted 23 second-half points from a frontcourt that was almost absent during the first 20 minutes.
Campbell scored 12 points in 18 minutes. Portia Durrett had a season-high seven points. Kaylon Williams scored six before leaving the game with a strained right knee.