OKLAHOMA CITY — Just about every time the Oklahoma women seem to be on to something, something happens to prove they’re not.
So it was again Saturday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, where the Sooners earned a five-point halftime lead only to endure an 82-72 loss to Red River rival Texas.
The loss ended a one-and-done run at the Big 12 tournament and, even as the Sooners believe they’re headed to the NCAA tournament, set up a still nervous evening one week from today at coach Sherri Coale’s home, where the team annually gathers to learn its latest Big Dance appointment.
“I think we’ve done enough to get in. I do,” Coale said of the squad’s prospects. “When you go 9-9 in the No. 1 RPI league in the country, I think you’re in.”
With 5:25 remaining in the first half, OU trailed 29-24, yet the rest of the half belonged to the Sooners, with Nicole Kornet scoring all eight of her first-half points, Morgan Hook knocking down a 3-pointer and, beating the buzzer with a bank shot from the top of the key and T’Ona Edwards closing the half with another 3.
It was all part of a 16-6 run that sent OU into intermission leading 41-35.
It took the Longhorns just 2:26 of the second half to take a lead it would never relinquish.
“The only thing we talked about was winning the first 4-minute game” of the second half, Texas coach Karen Aston said.
The Longhorns did it by scoring on five of their first six possessions of the second half. When Brady Sanders completed the 12-2 blast with a pair of free throws, Texas was on top 47-43. By the time the Sooners scored again, it was 54-45.
The Sooners believe they were their own undoing.
“We let missed layups or missed free throws kin of affect us on the defensive end,” point guard Morgan Hook said. “We just weren’t aware on the defensive end and made silly mistakes.”