Sooners Edge Kansas in Another Nailbiter

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 22, 2014
Stat Comparison
Category Kansas Oklahoma
Points 61 64
FG-A 19-44 22-64
FG% 43.2 34.4
3FG-A 6-14 0-11
3FG% 42.9 0.0
FT-A 17-21 20-24
FT% 81.0 83.3
Rebounds 25 48
Assists 8 8
Turnovers 18 14
Blocks 4 2
Steals 9 4
Inidividual Leaders
Category Kansas
Points Hawkins - 22 Campbell - 22
Rebounds Gardner - 8 Griffin - 14
Assists Harper - 3 Hook - 3
Steals Knight - 4 Campbell - 2
Blocks Gardner - 4 Two Players - 1
Player of the Game
Nicole Griffin // Sr. // C
Griffin totaled 13 points and 14 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. The 6-foot-6 center also limited Kansas' leading scorer Chelsea Gardner to 4 second-half points.

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooners claimed their second straight victory on a game-winning shot by Morgan Hook as the team's veterans rose to the challenge of playing without their leading scorer.

Oklahoma (17-11, 8-7 Big 12) moved into a tie for fourth in the Big 12 standings with a 64-61 win over Kansas (12-15, 5-10) Saturday night at the Lloyd Noble Center.

It was the Sooners' 18th win in the last 20 meetings with the Jayhawks.

Hook scored on an off-balance, desperation jumper with 26 seconds to play to seal the win.

“I was just trying to get to the rim again and she cut me off," Hook said. "I knew we needed one more basket to kind of seal the deal there. So, I just stuck my feet and focused, I guess, I don’t really think I was thinking anything else besides making the shot.”

Hook added two free throws at the end of the game for 15 points.

"Ironically, we finally won two in a row and we have done it with our leading scorer in street clothes on the sideline," OU head coach Sherri Coale said. "I think the guys who were left to compete in this tough situation in Vegas’ absence have grown exponentially. You can’t help but grow."

Sharane Campbell scored a game-high 22 points and added nine rebounds.

Campbell needed 14 points to become Oklahoma's 30th 1,000-point scorer all-time. The passed milestone made the Sooners just the second Big 12 team ever (Kansas State, 2003-04) with four 1,000-point scorers in its lineup.

Oklahoma made just 34 percent of its field goals to a 43 percent mark from Kansas. Yet the Sooners outrebounded Kansas 48-25, including a ridiculous 24 to 4 disparity in offensive rebounds that led to 23 second-chance points for OU.

"We just played gritty," Coale said. "We just weren’t going to be denied. Obviously, the difference in the game was rebounding. We get 24 offensive boards and then hold them to four. That’s a tremendous stat."

Nicole Griffin totaled 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season and fifth of her career.

Kansas led 31-28 at halftime, but the Sooners opened the second half with an 11-2 run to take a lead it would not relenquish.

“I think we figured out that we know how to play together and we know how to play hard together," Hook said. "Different people stepped up at different times and I think if Aaryn was in the game they might not have. Everyone is seeing what they can do and have developed a confident mojo about themselves.”

Oklahoma forged ahead with five unanswered points from Gioya Carter, who scored on an and-1, to grab the lead at 35-33 3 1/2 minutes into the period.

Oklahoma faces sixth-ranked Baylor in Waco, Texas, Monday night.



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