In all, it was a 31-7 Sooner run to take back the lead.
As it began, Mountaineer center Ayana Dunning was hit with her fourth foul. She left the game with 15:41 remaining, reentered with 9:50 remaining and fouled out 7:42 remaining trying to guard Sooner center Nicole Griffin in the post.
“When they cut the lead to four, what the heck, it’s tournament time,” West Virginia coach Mike Carey said. “We just had to put her in there and see what happens.”
Of all the moments it appeared OU might complete the comeback, Dunning’s removal was high on the list. But Coale’s favorite may have been the alley-oop inbound jumper that Ellenberg delivered with 2:01 remaining that put OU up 64-62.
“You have to have a kid that does something extraordinary, who just makes a play,” Coale said, thinking of her junior shooting guard. “We use that term in sports all the time, but there’s a lot of reality to it. You have to have a kid who can go make a play.”
OU suffered a couple of ties after grabbing back the lead, but did not trail again.
The Sooners got 16 points from Griffin, 15 from Campbell, 12 from Ellenberg, nine from Nicole Kornet and eight and 13 rebounds from Joanna McFarland.
The Mountaineers got 22 from Christal Caldwell, who buried the Sooners early with a flurry of 3-pointers.
West Virginia’s advantage, though deep, proved momentary.
“We just made a decision,” Griffin said. “Coach told us (in) many time-outs in the second half that we just have to make the decision that we are going to win this game and that’s what we did.”
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