No. 17 Women's Basketball snaps OU's home win streak with 75-57 win
Feb. 3, 2010
By the time they were done, the Longhorns (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) were well on their way to a 75-57 victory against the 13th-ranked Sooners on Wednesday night.
"We initially were just running it to post up Robinson but some of the other players also took it upon themselves to get down on the block and make some good reads," Goestenkors said.
The three consecutive layups finished off a 12-0 surge for the Longhorns (15-6, 4-3 Big 12) that pushed their lead to 56-41 with 6:54 remaining, and the Sooners never got closer than 11 after that.
Fontenette finished with 21 points while getting Robinson in foul trouble, and Raven added 17 points as Texas snapped Oklahoma's 20-game winning streak at the Lloyd Noble Center.
The Longhorns started their big push on a putback by Ashley Gayle that also resulted in the fourth foul against Oklahoma center Abi Olajuwon. Erika Arriaran scored four points in a row after Olajuwon joined Robinson on the bench, but even Robinson's return didn't stem the tide for the Sooners as the post-up strategy paid off.
"They put such good pressure on the ball and in passing lanes, we felt like we could post up our guards a little bit," Goestenkors said. "There wasn't as much help."
Sooners coach Sherri Coale questioned her team's fire in that stretch and throughout the game.
"It was fundamental toughness," Coale said. "Not jumping to the ball, not getting in the proper position. If you don't do that and someone pins you, then you're in deep trouble. Just collectively, you have to guard them as a unit and we didn't."
The Longhorns shot 50 percent and held a 42-32 advantage on the boards, winning for the fourth time in five games after an 0-2 start in Big 12 play. The Sooners fell to 1-5 when getting outrebounded this season. They're 14-0 when controlling the glass.
"We just splintered," Robinson said. "I feel like everybody was on different pages. That's what it felt like. We weren't having fun, which helps us win. When we have fun, it's over -- for anybody -- and we didn't do that tonight."
Robinson fouled out for the second time in three games -- with the Sooners losing both times. She said she promised her teammates that's "not going to happen again."
"Whether the refs are calling it bad or not, I need to be in the game," Robinson said. "That's no excuse."
Robinson, who leads the Sooners in scoring, assists and steals, picked up her first foul only 62 seconds into the game and Texas kept going after her.
"I think that was a key factor because she runs their team," Fontenette said. "She's their main factor for their engine to go, so we just wanted to come out and attack and it happened to go our way tonight."
The Longhorns never trailed but had to fend off two separate rallies by Oklahoma after they had built double-digit leads to earn their second win in the teams' last seven meetings.
"I thought the big difference was intensity," Coale said. "I didn't think we competed. We didn't come out of the tunnel to compete and Texas made some great plays early, some really tough shots and we let it affect our confidence and then it affected us on the other end of the floor."
Texas rushed out to a 17-6 lead with some hot shooting early. The Longhorns made nine of their first 12 shots before cooling off to let the Sooners back in the game. Oklahoma cut it to 24-22 as Texas made just two of its next 13 field goals, but Raven scored the first five points in the Longhorns' 9-0 run to finish the first half.
The Sooners countered with nine straight points of their own early in the second half, getting within 35-33 on Carlee Roethlisberger's three-point play with 16:22 to play. Robinson picked up her fourth foul with 14:32 left while trying to guard Fontenette on a drive into the lane.
"We kind lost our momentum. When they went up, I felt like everybody kind of backed away instead of fighting back and D-Rob got in foul trouble," Thompson said. "I felt like we didn't link together when we had a little adversity."
POST GAME QUOTES
Texas Head Coach Gail Goestenkors
On the game: I'm just really proud of my team. This is a really difficult place to play, and OU's an outstanding team so for us to come in here and come away with a win is really big for us. OU did a great job in the second half. We knew they'd make a run and we talked about it at halftime, but I'm also proud of the team. They withstood the run. It's like they said they made their run, now it's time for us to make our run as well. Every time they decided to make a punch and they started to make a run I thought we showed some poise down the stretch. I thought we hit our free throws down the stretch as well to keep them from getting any closer. I'm just really proud of this team.
On dominating the boards: We talked about the fact that they (OU) does a great job on the boards. They're plus-5 in the conference; we're minus-1 in the conference. We said we have got to make up some ground. We have been out-rebounded in several of our games in the conference, and we know to be successful we've got to rebound our opponents. So it gets bigger every time. Last game we out-rebounded our opponents by two. We're trying to build on that, so that was huge for us tonight.
On how Texas broke into the OU defense: We were posting up our guards. We were bringing our posts high, and they put such good pressure on the ball and in passing lanes. We felt like we could post up our guards a little bit; there wasn't as much help. I think three different guards scored a layup when we were running that set. Initially we're just running it to post up Robinson, but some of the other players took it upon themselves to get down on the block and post up and make some good reads.
Texas Senior Guard Brittainey Raven
On how Texas' previous games helped the team win tonight: We know in every game both teams were going to go on runs. Staring in the second half, OU, they went on their run and I think they might have gone on for nine points straight. We just have to buckle down, start executing on offense and be tough on defense. I think games that we've won, these last couple of games, the team that went on runs and broke into the defense got stops.
Texas Sophomore Point Guard Ashleigh Fontenette
On having reliable teammates to pass to: I think it's great. I think it makes us as a team a greater threat when people are trying to defend us. There are so many players on the team who can score and make key decisions in tough situations.