Sooners Knock Off Rival Longhorns At Home

Saturday, January 21st 2012, 2:50 pm
By: News 9

The Sooners jumped out to a big lead early, but had to hold off a late Texas push to come away with a 73-67 win Saturday, to grab their fourth conference win of the season.

The Longhorns missed their first six shots, allowing Oklahoma to jump out to a 10-2 lead just four minutes into the game, capped off by a Sharane Campbell three-pointer. By the 10-minute mark, the Sooners had built a commanding 20-10 lead.

The offensive production for Oklahoma dried up, allowing Texas to score nine consecutive, sparked by four by Cokie Reed, to cut the lead to just one point with five minutes left in the half.

However, the Sooners closed the first half with a 14-6 run, including six from Sharane Campbell, to take a 34-25 halftime lead. Coming off of the bench, Campbell led all scorers at halftime with 13 points, while Morgan Hook chipped in 10 points.

Over the first four minutes of the second half, steady offensive production allowed Texas to close the gap to just 39-36. Oklahoma answered with a quick seven points, including a three-pointer by Aaryn Ellenberg, to push the lead back to double-digits.

Still holding an 11-point lead with 7:48 left to play, Texas began to make its push, but Oklahoma converted on late free throw attempts to close the game out.

Ellenberg finished with a game-high 18 points and seven rebounds, with Hook contributing 17 and Campbell adding 15 points, each adding five rebounds each.

The Sooners will now take five days off before hosting another Texas squad, taking on the Baylor Bears at 7 p.m. Thursday.