Lady Sooners Throttle Longhorns 91-62

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooners took out all their frustrations from a 41-point drumming by No. 2 Connecticut earlier in the week by destroying the Texas Longhorns 91-62 in front of 10,230 raucous fans Saturday evening at Lloyd Noble Center.

"I'm really, really proud of our basketball team," said OU head coach Sherri Coale. "And I think that our fans probably are and should be. It's one thing to play like that, and it's another thing to play like that coming off what we endured on Monday. And it takes a great deal of character and intestinal fortitude and resolve and belief to be able to do that, and I'm very, very proud of the way we answered that today."

And they did so from the very beginning.

After each team scored four points in the first couple of minutes, OU pushed it to full throttle.

At the midpoint of the first half, the Crimson and Cream had its first double-digit lead at 23-13.

It only got worse.

The Sooners closed the opening 20 minutes on mini 9-4 run that extended the advantage 46-30 at intermission.

Most of that was without point guard Danielle Robinson, too, who sat on the bench after picking up three quick fouls in the first eight minutes.

"Well, I mean, we got really good shots during that period of time and normally we don't when Danielle goes out of the game," said guard Whitney Hand. "We're all real stagnant and kind of afraid to do anything, and yeah, I think that [Jasmine Hartman] really changed the flow of the game.

"They could not guard her. She made them pay for not guarding her, and it made everything else so easy to play around because she was so attack-oriented. I give the credit to her. She did awesome. I just took the shots that came, that were wide open."

And when she took them, she buried them.

Hand lit up the scoreboard for 18 points in the first half, going 2-for-2 from 3-point range and 6-for-10 overall.

"I mean, I was trying to be a leader on the court," Hand said. "I was trying to be involved in the flow of the game, you know, and really it just felt better today. It felt more, I guess, easier because I wasn't pressing quite as hard. And I think that came from my teammates just having confidence in themselves and having confidence in me."

She only scored four more points in the game, making 2-of-2 in the second half, but her teammates picked up the slack to make it a full-blown rout.

An 11-2 OU spurt out of the halftime gates just completely suffocated the Longhorns, as the lead swelled to 57-32.

Later in the second half, OU led by as much as 32, as just about everything seemed to be going right.

The Sooners were creating turnovers at will, canning treys at will and frankly just flat out shooting lights out.

In fact, they forced 25 Texas turns to 12 of their own and connected on 7-of-12 from behind the arc and shot 54.5 percent overall from the field.

"I thought in terms of balance, good offensive game, good defensive game, we out-rebounded them for a change, out-rebounded somebody for a change, five turnovers in the first half, I think," Coale said. "And for a while in the second [half] only two or three, and then they kind of came in a bunch there late, but yeah, I would say most complete game in every phase."

Hand and guard Aaryn Ellenberg led the charge, with 23 and 21 points, respectively.

The two combined to go 6-for-8 from long range, and Hand was a perfect 3-of-3.

Forwards Kathleen Nash and Chassidy Fussell each had 17 points for the Longhorns, while guard Tiffany Moore also finished in double figures with her 10.

"This is really disappointing, especially just our effort and just losing by that much and not fighting at all," Nash said.

It was a much-needed win for the Sooners (19-7, 9-3 Big 12), who are trying to stay in command of the No. 3 spot in the conference race, while protecting just a one-game lead over Kansas State.

They will next take the floor against the Colorado Buffaloes at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Boulder, Colo.


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