Sooners blow lead, lose in OT to Texas

Texas forward Heather Schreiber, left, fouls Oklahoma guard Dionnah Jackson during the Longhorns' 83-71 overtime win over the Sooners Wednesday in Norman. Jackson led the Sooners with a career-high 25 points and 13 rebounds in the loss (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

NORMAN, Okla. — The Oklahoma Sooner Women's Basketball team blew a 14-point lead in the second half as 15th-ranked Texas stormed past the Sooners 83-71 in front of 5,000 plus at the LNC Wednesday night.

For 35 minutes, the Sooners dominated the Longhorns, but they could never provide the knockout punch. Even though the Sooners were getting the best of the Lady Longhorns, they could never pull away.

"This was a very difficult game to lose because we dominated for about 35 minutes," said OU head coach Sherri Coale . "It also goes back to the fact that we had a chance to put them away early in the second half, but we didn't."

OU was able to get the lead up to 14 in the second half only to watch Texas senior Nina Norman and sophomore Tiffany Jackson lead the comeback. Norman hit a wild 3-pointer from 25 feet as the shot clock ran out to cut the Sooner lead to three 62-59 with 2:14 left.

Sooner sophomore Chelsi Welch countered with a three to get the lead by back to six, but Jackson came through with a traditional 3-point play and drew the fourth foul from Sooner sophomore Leah Rush.

Dionnah Jackson then missed a jumper and senior Jamie Carey nailed a three to tie the game with 46 seconds left. OU got a lay-up from Rush to retake the lead by two with 20 seconds left.

Woodward, Okla. senior Kala Bowers countered by hitting a wide open 14-footer and the game was tied with eight seconds left. The Sooners inbounded the ball to Jackson, who drove the length of the court and got off a wide open 17-footer only to watch it hit off the back of the rim and at the end of regulation with the game tied at 67.

OU's Rush missed an easy lay-up to start the overtime and from that point on Texas dominated the Sooners out scoring them 16-4 to take the win.

The loss is heartbreaking for the Sooners, because it was a game they should have won and they played well enough to win for 35 minutes.

"We didn't stretch the lead the way we should have," Coale said. "At the five minute mark, we missed a lay up, and they came down with a three. We had a chance to get back up, but we didn't."

Jackson led the Sooners with a career-high 25 points and 13 rebounds. Erin Higgins was next with 14, Welch has 12 and Rush 12.

Jackson led the Lady Longhorns with 30 points and 16 rebounds. Norman finished with 22.

OU is now 11-6 overall and 3-3 in the Big-12 Conference, while Texas is also 11-6 overall and 4-2 in the Big-12. OU will host Iowa State Saturday at the LNC at 1:00 PM.

Note: The Paris Twins (Courtney and Ashley) flew all the way from California with their father Bubba Paris to watch the game. It was the first time the Paris twins have actually watch and OU game at the LNC.

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