A valiant comeback by the Oklahoma women's basketball team fell short Sunday as it dropped a 66-62 decision to UALR at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock, Ark.
The setback dropped the Sooners season record to 5-3 on the year, with the Trojans improving to 6-1 overall.
Oklahoma battled back from a 14-point halftime deficit with tenacious defending and was one possession away from the lead late in the second half. The Trojans hit crucial free throws down the stretch though – including all six in the final minute – to hold on for the 4-point victory.
It was junior Nicole Kornet who gave Sooners life all game, including hitting two all-important 3-pointers in the final three minute push. She drained a long ball as the shot clock expired and with only 3:01 remaining to put Oklahoma within reach of the lead at 56-55.
The sharp-shooting guard also knocked down a 3-pointer five possessions later to slice the Trojans then-five-point edge to two with 1:26 remaining in the contest. Kornet ended the contest hitting four 3-pointers and tallied a game-high 20 points.
It was Taylor Gault who allowed UALR to hold on to the victory, sinking all six of her free throw attempts in the final minute, including her final two with eight ticks remaining to give the Trojans their final 4-point victory. Gault ended the game scoring 16 points.
The Sooners had run into a hot shooting Trojan squad in the first 20 minutes. UALR opened the contest sinking its first seven shots and went on to drain an impressive 76.0 percent of its shots. They hit 19-of-25, including 3-of-5 from beyond the 3-point arc, to hold their 43-29 halftime advantage.
Sharde' Collins led the charge for the Trojans. The sophomore hadn't seen any action in the previous six contests for UALR but knocked down 6-of-9 in the first half for a team-leading 12 points.
UALR's second half was quite different due to Oklahoma's amped-up defense. The Trojans hit only six field goals in the final 20 minutes – one came on the opening possession and four were hit in the last six minutes.
Oklahoma was once again hampered by turnovers though, losing the ball 11 times in the opening 20 minutes and 23 times in the game. UALR scored 28 points off the miscues.
Ten total players scored for the Sooners. Along with Kornet's 20 points, freshman center Vionise Pierre-Louis chipped in nine points and a game-high eight boards – all coming in the second half surge.
OU returns to action Wednesday when it plays at Duke, currently ranked 12th in the nation. The contest, set for 5:30 p.m. CT on ESPN3, will be the Sooners sixth-straight road contest.