Stanford scored the first nine points of the game and Oklahoma was never able to recover, as the Sooners dropped an 84-72 decision to the Cardinal in the NCAA Women's Basketball Regional in San Antonio. The loss broke a 19-game OU win streak and ended the Sooners season one game shy of their second Elite Eight appearance.
Stanford (26-7) led by as many as 17 points in the first half, on the outside shooting of Krista Rappahahn, who hit four three pointers and the inside play of Brooke Smith. Sooner star Courtney Paris was held to 4-of-11 shooting in the first half by a double-teaming defense from the Cardinal.
OU (31-5) managed to cut the lead to 43-32 at the half, but Stanford again scored the first eight points of the second half and rolled out to a 19-point margin.
Oklahoma made a furious rally midway through the second half to cut it to 68-62, but they could get no closer. A final surge was snuffed late when a basket by Paris was wiped out by a questionable offensive foul call and from that point, Stanford pulled away to the victory.
Smith scored 22 second half points to lead all scorers with a career high 35 points on 14-of-16 shooting. Pac-10 Player of the Year Candice Wiggins hit only 6-of -22 from the field, but finished with 26 points, while Rappahahn added 15.
Paris scored 18 second half points to finish with 26 points and added 16 rebounds, setting the NCAA single-season record with 539. That broke the record set 21 years ago by Drake's Wanda Ford. Britney Brown added 18 points and Leah Rush had a dozen for the Sooners.
Next season, OU returns all five starters and players who played all but five minutes of today's game.
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