Oklahoma Sooners rally late to beat Oklahoma State 97-93

The Oklahoma Sooners women’s basketball stormed back from 12 points down against a game Oklahoma State on Saturday evening in front of a lively Lloyd Noble Center crowd. The Sooners came away with their fifth straight win, 97-93 to improve to 16-2 and 6-1 in the Big 12 and stay in first place in the conference.

Oklahoma State’s Taylen Collins and Ana Gret Asi hit back-to-back jumpers to extend the Cowgirls eight-point halftime lead to 12 in the first minute of the third quarter. The Sooners then went on a 13-2 run over the next few minutes to cut the deficit to one point.

With the score 54-53, Oklahoma State responded with a rally of their own, going on a 13-5 run to extend their lead back to 10 points. In what was a game of runs, the Sooners took their turn and went on a 10-4 outburst to close the third quarter at 72-68.

The Cowgirls would continue their hot shooting to keep the Sooners at arms-length. Oklahoma wouldn’t get their first lead of the second half until the 4:44 mark after a Madi Williams lay-up gave them an 83-82 lead. Oklahoma State answered with a pair of free throws to retake the lead before Skylar Vann hit a three to put the Sooners up 86-84 and Oklahoma wouldn’t trail again.

A Taylor Robertson three put the Sooners up 92-84 with under two minutes to play, but as they did all night, Oklahoma State wouldn’t go away, making things interesting down the stretch. The Sooners hit their free throws late to stymie the Oklahoma State upset bid.

Madi Williams led the Sooners with 26 points, four rebounds, and four assists. Ana Llanusa scored 17 on 6 of 12 shooting. Taylor Robertson had 15 points, including four free throws in the final minutes to help the Sooners seal the game. Liz Scott nearly had a double-double with 11 points and 8 rebounds in the Sooners’ win.

Asi was phenomenal off the bench, leading Oklahoma State with 26 points, including seven three-pointers. Four Cowgirls scored in double-figures on the evening as they fall to 13-6 and 3-4 in the Big 12.

The Sooners have a few days off before traveling to Austin to take on the No. 25 Texas Longhorns for a pivotal Big 12 showdown. The Longhorns are coming off a loss to unranked Texas Tech and get set to face a Baylor Bears team that is unranked for the first time since 2004.

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