'Horns ruin Oklahoma's senior night

Texas forward Stacy Stephens and Oklahoma forward Caton Hill go after a rebound during the first half of the Longhorn's 57-54 win over the Sooners Tuesday in Norman. Stephens would later score the game-winning basket with 58 seconds left in the game. (AP Photo/Jerry Laizure)

The 17th-ranked Oklahoma Sooner Women's Basketball team gave it the old college try Tuesday night at the Lloyd Noble Center, but in the end poor free throw shooting and a controversial call cost the Sooners a 57-54 loss to 3rd-ranked Texas.

The Sooners hit only 4-of-11 attempts from the free throw line for the game and missed two crucial one-and-one's within the final five minutes.

OU shot only 39 percent from the floor, but played excellent defense holding Texas to 43.8 percent shooting. However, Texas was golden at the free throw line hitting an impressive 13-of-14 from the stripe, including two from awesome freshman Tiffany Jackson with seven seconds left on the clock that gave the Lady Longhorns a four point lead.

"I felt like the free throws were the deciding factor," said Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale.

Senior Caton Hill led the Sooners with 12 points, but was one of the players who missed a one-an-one in the final five minutes. Hill also watched a 3-point try rim out and a short hook miss inside late in the game. Leah Rush finished with 11 points, but was the other Sooners to miss the one-an-one late in the game. Junior Dionnah Jackson finished with 10 points, six rounds, six assist against two turnovers.

Senior Maria Villarroel, playing her last regular season game at home, finished with nine points and she lead in rebounding with seven. It was Villarroel that was called for an illegal screen with under 30 seconds to go in the game that drew the ire of the Sooners coaching staff and certainly looked as if it should not have been called at that time in the game. Villarroel was also called for an offensive foul, when it certainly looked as if she made no contact with a Lady Longhorns. So, down the stretch the Sooners did not get any love from the officials, despite the fact they were playing at home.

Jackson led three Lady Longhorns in double digits with 15 points and senior Stacy Stephens led all rebounders with 14.

"They made the plays at the end. They did exactly what they have done the last two games," said Hill, who tied former Sooner Stacey Dales with her 133rd career start in her final home game. "They made tough shots and they made the defensive plays. If we would not have missed our front ends we would have been up and we would have won the game."

Texas is now 26-3 and 14-2 in the Big 12 Conference and the winner of the Big 12 regular season title. OU falls to 19-8 overall and 9-7 in conference play will go into next weeks Big 12 Tournament as the No. 6 seed, which means they will play in the opening round of the tournament on Tuesday in Dallas.

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