Liz Scott’s layup with four seconds left lifted the Oklahoma Sooners past the Texas Longhorns, 65-63, in a Top 25 Big 12 women’s basketball matchup on Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma.
The game was a big one and not just because it was the Red River Rivalry game. With the victory, Oklahoma remained in a first-place tie in the Big 12 standings with Iowa State. Texas is now a game behind and faces Baylor twice next week. The Sooners, meanwhile, get Baylor on Wednesday.
The No. 18 Sooners (18-3, 7-2 in Big 12) made their final three shots of the game, while the Longhorns (15-4, 5-3) went the final four minutes of the game without a field goal.
Texas had three chances to take the lead after Oklahoma tied it at 63-all with 1:16 left on Madi Williams’ layup. Rori Harmon shot a pair of 3-pointers, while Kyndall Hunter shot another one. The Sooners got an extra possession out of it after forcing Oklahoma’s Taylor Robertson into a turnover.
But, after Hunter’s miss, it was Robertson’s rebound — which gave her a double-double — that set up the final sequence for Scott. She actually drew a foul on the layup, so she had a chance to make it a three-points Sooners lead. But, she missed it and Hunter grabbed the rebound.
Texas took a timeout to advance the ball to half court and found a way to get it to Harmon for what would have been a game-winning three. But, she missed.
It was a close game throughout. The Longhorns have one of the best defenses in the country, and they cooled off the Sooners’ No. 2 offense, which normally scores 87 points per game. But the Sooners also did enough defensively to keep the Longhorns from getting anything more than a 3-point lead.
Harmon led Texas with a double-double — 15 points and 11 rebounds, along with three assists. Aliyah Matharu and Aaliyah Moore each had 10 points.
Madi Williams led Oklahoma with 23 points, while Robertson had 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Kelbie Washington added 10 points.
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