DURHAM, N.C. —
“’Rogo’ hit the shot,” Bruno said, “but Wryngo created the shot.”
Oklahoma rushed up two 3s on its next possession, and the rebound of Morgan Hook’s attempt went to teammate Gioya Carter — who had her foot out of bounds with 18 seconds left.
Rogowski extended the lead to 102-97 with two free throws with 15.7 seconds left before Ellenberg swished a 3 with 7.1 seconds to go to make it a two-point game.
Jenkins hit two free throws with 6 seconds left and Ellenberg missed a 3 as the buzzer sounded.
Jessica January scored 14 points for DePaul, while Podkowa had 13 and Jasmine Penny finished with 11.
The Blue Demons trailed by five points before using a 12-2 run led by guards Hrynko and January to take a five-point lead. Jenkins started the burst with a layup before Hrynko hit back-to-back 3s, and Podkowa’s free throw put the Blue Demons up 91-86 with 4:24 left.
Sharane Campbell had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Kaylon Williams had 12 points and Hook finished with 11 points on 3-of-13 shooting for the Sooners.
Oklahoma — which last month nearly rallied from 32 points down against Big 12 champion Baylor — trailed this one by 19 with under 16 minutes left before clawing its way back to single digits with a 15-4 run.
Ellenberg’s big 3 from the corner with 13 minutes to go made it 69-61.
The Sooners then reeled off 10 straight points during the 20-4 run that gave them their first lead since midway through the first half. They went up 84-79 on Campbell’s layup with 6 minutes left, and scored on 22 of 27 trips downcourt.
“We got that lead,” Ellenberg said. “We should have built on it.”
But it didn’t happen.
Once again Oklahoma proved the kind of game it was capable of playing, even against a very good team. Also, winning remained a different matter.
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