Feb. 27, 2010
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Nyeshia Stevenson made six 3-pointers on her way to 28 points and No. 11 Oklahoma beat No. 14 Texas 75-60 on Saturday.
The Sooners used a 19-2 run in the first half to build a big lead, then a 10-0 run at the start of the second to put the game out of reach. Stevenson made two 3-pointers in the second-half burst that put the Sooners up by 20.
Danielle Robinson added 16 points and seven assists for the Sooners (20-8, 10-4). Kathleen Nash scored 12 points for Texas (19-9, 8-6), which has dropped three straight games after a six-game win streak.
The Sooners scored 31 points off 19 Texas turnovers and held the Longhorns to 31 percent shooting, including 3 of 15 on 3-pointers.
Stevenson, who had only five points in Texas' 75-57 over Oklahoma earlier in the season, scored 16 in the first half, making four 3-pointers. Her fourth capped a 19-2 run that put the Sooners ahead 26-11 late in the half. Texas went scoreless for nearly seven minutes but managed to pull back within 33-23 by halftime.
The Sooners started the second half with a flurry. Texas turned the ball over in the opening seconds and Stevenson made her fifth 3-pointer. Robinson had an easy drive to the basket and Abi Olajuwon hit a nifty left-handed hook.
Exasperated, Texas coach Gail Goestenkors replaced her entire lineup, only to watch Stevenson make yet another 3-pointer on the first possession back from the timeout.
Goestenkors began putting the starters back in one at a time, but the Sooners kept pushing their lead. Robinson would dribble through the defense before kicking it out to Stevenson for a mid-range jumper. And when Joanna McFarland bulled through the paint for a layup, Oklahoma led 58-33 with 12 minutes left.
Oklahoma led 66-43 before the Longhorns finally mounted a rally. Brittainey Raven and Nash both hit 3-pointers and a steal and layup by Ashleigh Fontenette in a 10-0 Texas run cut the lead in half with six minutes to play.
But Texas missed three consecutive layups before Robinson made a long jumper. A Texas turnover and bounce pass from Robinson to Amanda Thompson for an easy backside layup put Oklahoma back up by 17.
Post Game Notes
UT hit three 3-pointers against the Sooners, and set a new single-season school record in the process. The Longhorns have 185 treys on the year, bettering the mark of 184 made in 1993-94.
F Earnesia Williams
Finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season, and the second of Williams' career.
Scored 11 points (4-of-8 FG, 3-of-4 FT) for her eighth double-digit scoring effort of the season.
With 11 points, now has 985 career points, just 15 shy of becoming the 35th player in UT history to eclipse 1,000 career points.
Led the team in rebounding for the first time this season.
G Kathleen Nash
Scored 12 points (4-of-7 FG, 2-of-4 3FG) for her 18th double-digit scoring effort of the season.
Nash's 3-pointer at the 7:33 mark of the second half was UT's 185th this year, and broke the previous school record of 184 made in 1993-94.
G Brittainey Raven
Scored 10 points (3-of-12 FG, 1-of-3 3FG) for her 26th double-digit scoring effort of the season.
Head Coach Gail Goestenkors
On the game overall: It was the best I've seen OU play, as a team, all year. I've seen them come out and give great individual effort, but tonight they played with a lot heart of and emotion, collectively.
On Texas' second half performance: I'm not sure why we were not able to catch up. We were not behind by that much. We needed to be the aggressors, but were not able to make a strong run.
On the outlook for the rest of the season: We've taken two losses, but we need to put that behind us now and push on. The next ones are just as crucial, and we intend on coming out ready to earn them.
G Brittainey Raven
On the outcome: We started out playing well. But OU made a run and we were not able to answer. Unfortunately, today we just were not able to pull ourselves together enough to come away with a win.
G Kathleen Nash
On the game overall: I think we know now that we can't play like this anymore. We have to fight. We have to have winning in mind. If we don't put it all out there, we are not going to win.
F Earnesia Williams
On the rest of the season: We just have to be able to forget about today and learn from it at the same time. We need to make changes, and that's it. Otherwise, we need to put it behind us, and try and win the upcoming games. They are crucial.
Head Coach Sherri Coale
On this game compared to the UT win in Norman: I think it was a pivotal point for our team, and as I've said many times to our local press, by the time I got finished with the press room, and did all the things I had to do after the game and got to the locker room that night, I felt pretty sure that we would get things corrected. The team had already done all the work. By the time I got back to the locker room I knew that they understood why we had lost and the mistakes we made that were unacceptable. Those were mistakes of effort and not competing, and we responded and have played very hard since them and I thought we played exceptionally hard tonight.
On sensing a good game from Stevenson in warmups: No, at some point though, she's too good of a shooter to keep coming up empty. You knew it was coming. She was just very, very focused and has worked very hard on overcoming frustration. She was fantastic today.
G Nyeshia Stevenson
On the key to OU's win: Basically, we just had fun and let the game come to us. We didn't try to force anything and just played together as a unit.
G Danielle Robinson
On the difference between this game and the first one against Texas: I think we had fun out there. We knew that it was a win that we needed, and we played hard on every possession. I think we won a lot of the loose-ball battles and got a lot of the key rebounds down the stretch, and we just made plays.