Fourteen down. Two to go.
With the Big 12 regular season championship already in the bag, the 9th-ranked Oklahoma women's basketball team inched two games closer to a perfect conference season with a 78-64 win over Kansas State Tuesday night in Manhattan.
Courtney Paris recorded her 20th consecutive double-double, and junior guard Kendra Moore added 13 points in the second half to help the Sooners pull away from the pesky Wildcats for their 12th-straight win.
"Any win is a good win," said Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale. "We're very, very proud of this victory. K-State did a great job. They really played hard. You could tell they had a sense of urgency about them."
Oklahoma jumped out to a quick 18-4 lead, but KSU fought back and actually led 39-36 at halftime. However, the Sooners used a 14-2 run over the first 3:35 of the first half to push the lead to 50-43.
But Kansas State fought back again and tied the game at 60-60 with 6:09 left, but that's when Moore stepped up her game scoring nine points in an 18-4 OU run from that point on.
"It reminded me a little bit of the (Texas) A&M game this weekend, how we closed it out playing really strong," Coale said. "This team has a switch that they can flip to bury people pretty quickly. And I think that comes from putting five guys on the floor that can all score. If teams are having to take risks to try to get a stop or to try to close a margin, then we are able to capitalize on those risks, and the score can go up pretty quickly.
"I go back to our pre-conference schedule. Putting us in so many difficult situations has sped up the maturation process of this team. They play older than they are, together. And that's one of the reasons we have poise late in games."
Paris finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds, despite going 9-for-20 from the field and 4-for-11 from the free throw line. Chelsi Welch chipped in 14 and Britney Brown added 11 points and eight assists.
For the game, Oklahoma shot 49.1 percent from the floor and outrebounded KSU 47-27.
With the win, the Sooners improved to 14-0 in Big 12 play and 24-4 overall. Kansas State fell to 17-7 overall and 7-7 in Big 12 play.
Oklahoma will return to the Lloyd Noble Sunday for a 1 p.m. matchup against Nebraska (15-10, 7-7).
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