No. 17 Oklahoma goes to 2-0 in Big 12 play after 78-70 victory.
Jan. 5, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas --
Sharane Campbell scored a career-high 24 points and No. 17 Oklahoma defeated Texas 78-70 Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center.
The Sooners (12-2, 2-0 Big 12) led by as many as 18 points as they made nine of 11 3-point attempts in the second half. It was Oklahoma's fifth win against Texas (7-6, 0-2) in the last six matchups in Austin.
"We have really, really good shooters," OU head coach Sherri Coale said, "but those numbers are pretty impressive. You enjoy it when it happens. Some nights it's going and some nights it's not. And tonight it was."
Campbell, who entered the game 3-of-21 from beyond the arc, led a barrage of 3s by Sooners to start the second half. Aaryn Ellenberg, who had 18 points, and Joanna McFarland, who scored eight, followed before Campbell hit her second 3 in the span.
Morgan Hook scored 17 points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds. She and Campbell both had perfect 3-for-3 3-point shooting performances.
"We were just taking open shots," Campbell said. "You can't be scared to shoot it. If you don't shoot the shots, you miss them all."
Texas relied on keeping pace through the inside, getting 12 of its first 15 second-half points in the paint, while Sooner posts Nicole Griffin and McFarland got their bearings after sitting much of the first half after early fouls.
Hook made OU's fifth second-half 3-pointer with 12 minutes remaining to give OU a 58-50 lead. From there, the Sooners held Texas scoreless for five minutes and used a 14-0 scoring run to put their lead out of reach from the Longhorns.
"I thought our resilience was fantastic," Coale added. "We just fought them off. We had early foul trouble. We fought our way through it. And we had lots of contributions from Sharane Campbell, Portia Durrett and Nicole Kornet. Their minutes were huge. Just a great team win."
Texas dominated rebounding 48 to 25, but could not use it to its advantage when OU's starting frontcourt of Griffin and McFarland were each called for two fouls in the game's first three minutes.
Nneka Enemkpali and Chassidy Fussell each had 14 points for the Longhorns.
"They had more offensive rebounds than we had rebounds in the entire game. I don't know if I have ever even seen that happen, much less have that happen and win. But when you go 9-of-11 from the 3-point line, it covers a multitude of sins."
Oklahoma's guards eased through the Longhorns' 2-3 zone defense in the first period, and pitched to wide-open perimeter shooters in the second.
Oklahoma led 36-31 at halftime.