Sooners' comeback falls short against Texas

Oklahoma forward Beky Preston (14) tries to block the shot of Texas forward Stacy Stephens during the Horns' 60-54 win over the Sooners Wednesday night in Norman

NORMAN - Freshmen Chelsi Welch scored a career-high 20 points and led a late Sooner rally, but it wasn't enough as No. 11 Texas held off Oklahoma for a 60-54 win Wednesday night in Norman.

After trailing 51-38 with just over five minutes to go in the game, Welch led the Sooners on a 16-6 run that would get Oklahoma to as close as 57-54 with 29 seconds left.

"I thought we had a tremendous second half. I can't fault the ladies' effort," said OU Head Coach Sherri Coale, whose Sooners fall to 4-2 in Big 12 play and 13-6 overall. "I thought we scratched and clawed. We were right there at the end. We had a chance but Texas made their free throws down the stretch, which is what a good team will do."
"The stat sheet says we should have won," said Coale. "We had 15 assists and 11 turnovers. We only get beat on the boards by one. We had 23 field goals, they only had 18 and we both had three from behind the arc. The stat sheet says we should have won."

"They made some really incredible shots," said Texas Head Coach Jody Conradt of the Sooners' comeback. "I thought we had them defended on several of those but they made them. And I think in those situations you just have to say "good shot," and get the ball back and try to counter."

A slow start would prove to be the Sooners' demise as they only connected on 8-of-29 shots in the first half while falling to a 30-16 halftime deficit.

Texas also struggled from the field in the first half (9-of-28) but managed to get to the line and hit 10 free shots in the first session.

"We weren't finding the open guy and we took some contested shots," said Coale. "We missed a lot of good clean open shots. When you open the game with a wide open back screen pass and you miss the layup it deflates you a little bit."

Stacy Stephens led Texas with 19 points and 14 rebounds while Jamie Carey pitched in 17 for the Longhorns. With the win Texas improves to 13-5 overall and 6-1 in conference play.

Oklahoma returns to action Saturday against another Top 25 foe in Kansas State. Tip-off is scheduled for 3PM at the Lloyd Noble Center.

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