LOS ANGELES —
The final margin represented the largest lead by either team in the half.
Griffin scored inside to draw the Sooners to 77-76 with 1 minute left. Morgan Hook missed a game-tying layup with 17 seconds to go and Aaryn Ellenberg, who scored 11 points on 2 of 13 shooting, also missed in the closing seconds.
“I decided she’s going to have to beat me off the dribble,” said Fields, who held Oklahoma’s leading scorer 10 points under her 21-point average.
Ellenberg said, “We can’t come into places like this and lay eggs. We should really beat people. We should have won that game easily.”
The Bruins preserved the upset at the line, where they made 11 of 14 over the final 4:45, but were just 23 of 36 for the game.
Madeline Brooks, a seldom-used junior inserted because of foul trouble, got fouled and made both free throws, and Fields made a pair to close out the win.
“I knew she was going to make the shots,” Fields said. “She worked on it in practice and the time came and she pulled through.”
Oklahoma led 69-64 when UCLA ran off nine unanswered points, including five by Fields, to take the lead for good, 73-69.
The Sooners lost Nicole Kornet to a knee injury in the first half.
The Sooners controlled the early part of the game, shooting 61 percent on their way to taking a 30-16 lead that included three consecutive 3-pointers.
The Bruins turned things around over the final 9 1⁄2 minutes of the half, outscoring Oklahoma 27-13 to go into halftime tied 43-all. Nyingifa scored 14 points, highlighted by grabbing her own offensive rebound and laying it in. Two possessions earlier, Lauren Holiday stole the ball and fed Thea Lemberger, who missed, before Holiday cleaned it up to complete a spurt of eight straight points.
“I tried to use my speed and tried to play taller than I am,” the 5-foot-11 Nyingifa said. “Just swarming around or getting a step on them. It’s strategy and quickness.”