Longhorns knock OU women out of Big 12 tourney

Longhorns overcome six-point second half deficit to end OU's Big 12 title hopes, 65-59.

The third time wasn't the charm for Oklahoma in Wednesday's Big 12 quarterfinal matchup with Texas.

Leah Rush scored 19 points and Dionnah Jackson added 16, but it wasn't enough as Longhorns won for the third straight time over the Sooners this season, 65-59, to advance to Thursday's semi-final.

Oklahoma led 32-30 at halftime and extended the lead to 38-32 on a Rush jumper with 18:01 to go, but the Longhorns went on a 10-2 run from that point on to take a 42-40 lead at the 15:12 mark.

The Sooners would answer with a 4-0 run to regain the lead just over a minute later, but Texas responded with a 4-0 run of their own and lead from the 11:30 mark on.

The question now is Oklahoma's 17-12 record good enough to land them in the NCAA Tournament? Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale says yes.

"There aren't 64 teams in America better than us," said Coale after the Sooners' loss to Texas. "I know there's all kinds of things that go into that, numbers and forumulas and opinions."

"All that into consideration, we're still one of the best 64 teams in the country, and that's what that tournament is about, getting the best 64 teams together and seeing who can own March."

ESPN women's bracketologist Charlie Creme agrees with Coale. In ESPN's latest bracket projections, Creme has the Sooners in the tournament, but as one of the last four at-large teams.

The women's bracket will be unveiled Sunday on ESPN at 4 p.m. central.

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