Hook Hits Game Winner with 5.2 Ticks Left

NORMAN, Okla. — With less than 10 seconds left, OU trailing by a point and an upset looming likely against the unranked New Mexico Lobos, the Sooners handed the ball to a freshman, and she did not disappoint.

Guard Morgan Hook drove from the far sideline across the lane and banked in a running jumper off the glass with 5.2 seconds remaining, lifting the Sooners to a 63-60 victory Sunday afternoon in front of 4,669 at Lloyd Noble Center.

"I just remembered in my head, ‘I just got to take this to the basket; we're not going to lose this game,'" Hook said. "I just went with my instinct."

A pair of free throws she hit moments later sealed it.

"Sometimes it's good to be lucky and I think we were," said OU head coach Sherri Coale. "But I also think unless you play hard and unless you believe, you're not in a position to accept good fortune. Because we did keep competing and because we did believe we were in a position to accept it, we won the game.

"[It was] incredible poise by Morgan Hook, incredible poise by a true freshman, to want the ball and go make a play. There was horrible spacing there on the perimeter when she caught the three. It was very crowded and she kind of bobbled it and took it to the rim and made a tough basket. Then to make a couple free throws that followed, sometimes you've got to be lucky. It's good to be good, but it's also good to be lucky, and I like to be both."

It was a game that was dominated by poor shooting and turnovers by both squads, as OU barely outshot the Lobos 37.3 percent to 35.5 percent but racked up 22 turnovers to 17 by New Mexico.

It was a game that featured 12 ties and 17 lead changes with neither team leading by more than seven.

And it was a game where neither team really had a consistent flow.

"I don't have an explanation for it," Coale said. "If I did I would have fixed it. You just keep trying to change the rhythm and do something that will wake them up."

From the very beginning, it appeared it would be a hard-nosed, defensive game, and that's just what it was.

Point guard Danielle Robinson completed a three-point play and Hook drained a three to give OU a 31-25 advantage late in the first half, but a 6-0 burst, including a pair of threes by Owasso native and forward Morgan Toben allowed the Lobos to tie it back up.

Another and-one by Robinson boosted OU to a 36-34 halftime lead.

But after the Sooners scored the first points of the second half, some turnovers spawned an 8-0 spurt that put New Mexico up four, their largest lead of the game.

"That was just passing up open shots, you know, trying to make plays when I wasn't on the same page as other people," Robinson said of her six turnovers. "That's my fault, just communicating with them. I just have to take open shots, which allows our posts to get more touches and our perimeter guys to get more looks as well. I think I was getting rid of the ball too early, especially coming off screens, being indecisive."

OU was able to turn that four point deficit into a seven point edge with 7:38 remaining.

But the Lobos were tough down the stretch, regaining the lead and maintaining it into the final minute of play.

That set up the late heroics by Hook.

Robinson led all scorers with 21 points on 7-for-16 shooting, while Hook added 19.

Guard Jasmine Patterson led the way for the Lobos with 18 points, and Toben finished with 12.

The victory moves OU's record to 9-1, and it will next face the Arkansas Razorbacks at 5 p.m. Sunday in Fayetteville, Ark.

Postgame Press Conference With Coale, Hook and Robinson:

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