Lady Sooners Bounce A&M

After the No. 8 Texas A&M Aggies scored the game's first bucket just four seconds in, the No. 13 OU women's basketball team used a 15-2 run to open up a double-digit lead...

And the Sooners never trailed again en route to winning a pivotal conference game 74-65 Sunday afternoon in front of 8,159 at the Lloyd Noble Center.

"[It's a] big win for our basketball team, obviously," said OU head coach Sherri Coale. "I love coaching these guys. They really listen, and they believe, and they buy in."

Senior center Abi Olajuwon started the run when she converted a layup off a pass from senior forward Amanda Thompson.

And four other Sooners got in on the scoring action in that early spurt, as juniors Nyeshia Stevenson and Carlee Roethlisberger and seniors Danielle Robinson and Amanda Thompson all produced, helping the Sooners build what became a 41-30 lead at intermission.

From that time on the Sooners, it seemed, would cruise, as they led by as much as 16 at one point.

But the Aggies cut it to eight at 56-48 halfway through the second half and four points minutes later when junior forward Danielle Adams nailed a three and sophomore guard Sydney Carter made a layup, putting some angst in the crowd.

And it got worse when the Aggies later chipped it to three.

"Absolutely, we knew we were going to get a shot [from them]," Coale said. "We talked at halftime about, ‘Expect more defensive pressure, expect them to drive again. They're going to try to come out and be the aggressor.' But that's what we talked about in pregame and all leading up to this game. You're either going to get attacked, or you're going to attack. It's one way or the other."

But thanks to timely buckets and good shooting from the charity stripe, the Sooners were able to hang on for the victory.

OU shot 43.9 percent from the field, but perhaps more importantly, they made 20 of their 24 free throws, good for 83 percent.

"Our efficiency from the line was [great]," Coale said. "I think we were 100 percent against Baylor, which we didn't go [to the line] very often, and then 83 percent tonight, that's how you win basketball games," Coale said.

Robinson led OU with 24 points, while Stevenson added 20, and Thompson and Olajuwon each had 14.

Sophomore guard Tyra White led the Aggies with 18.

The Sooners next take the court at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Missouri.

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