WHoops: OU Routes OSU

NORMAN, Okla. -- OSU led twice early, but after that, the Sooners smacked around and whipped the Cowgirls, hitting shots from everywhere on the court on their way to a blowout 95-62 victory and 2010 Bedlam Series sweep.

"[It was] just a fitting performance for this group of seniors, who have given so much to this program and their commitments and the way they've gone about their business and their growth," said OU head coach Sherri Coale. "They deserve to have a day like today and, for it not to go to the wire and for us to have an opportunity to get them out so that the fans could appreciate their careers, they just deserve the good fortune."

From the get-go on Senior Day, it was indeed the seniors that led the charge, especially forward Amanda Thompson.

Thompson hit shots early and often, as she buried three from behind the arc in the first half and made 7-of-8 overall from the field in the first 20 minutes to go along with six rebounds and four assists as well by the break.

"It came easy for her today," Coale said. "She really got lost in her love for the game of basketball. I think you could see that. It was seeping out of her pores. She rebounded. She defended. She made shots. She had assists. She loves to play, and you can see it."

Fellow senior forward Nyeshia Stevenson also got into the mix in the first half with 11 points of her own.

That helped turn a 10-9 deficit into a 47-28 halftime lead.

And the Sooners did that behind runs of 7-2, 11-3 and the largest one, a 15-2 spurt that lasted just less than four minutes.

Coming out of the gates in the second half, OU extended their 19-point intermission lead with ease, scoring nine of the first 11 points.

That was enough to put the Sooners up by their largest margin of the game at 27 points when they had a 57-30 advantage.

"We have to hit them on a night that they don't miss a shot," said OSU head coach Kurt Budke. "You've got to challenge Oklahoma's non-shooters to make a shot. I look down the list, and they all made shots tonight."

Even when they were up nearly 30 they still knocked shots down.

At that point, OU used another run, this time an 11-4 one that put the Sooners up 34 points, once again their largest lead of the game.

And the Sooners never led by less than 30 again, as they got up as much as 36 points moments later at the 10:17 mark.

Thompson led the way with 29 points on 11-for-15 shooting, including a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point range.

"I really did [have a feeling about a breakout game on Senior Day]," Thompson said. "I just was feeling in my gut all week about this game, and I knew how special it would be to go out with a bang. Just from the second the ball was tipped, it just happened. Everybody played together. I'm so proud of everybody, and it was fun. I felt it."

Stevenson added 15 points, and two other Sooners finished in double figures, as sophomore guard Jasmine Hartman had 14, and junior guard Danielle Robinson finished with 13.

Something that went quietly unnoticed in a 35-point defeat was OSU senior guard Andrea Riley's 25-point performance, as she carried the Cowgirls in scoring.

The Sooners, who have earned a first round bye in next weekend's conference tournament, will take the court at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Kansas City, Mo., against the winner of the Baylor-Colorado game.


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